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Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 35 free events take place on May 22 in New York City.
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Mon, May 22, 2017
35 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 22, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Morning Meditation
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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9:45 am
Free
City Walks, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility.Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.A few notes: - Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class. - Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. - All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.Mondays at 10 am, May 8 - August 14
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10:00 am
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance
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Learn about hardware and software before buying a computer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Computer Buying Guide
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Strengthen the whole body through instructor-lead rhythmic movement and aerobic, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Join this fun and vigorous workout to great music.
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Group Exercise
Park Walk |
Discover some of the Central Park secret sites that West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view. Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour through Central Park's historic and picturesque west side. Highlights of this tour include Winterdale Arch, Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare Garden, the Swedish Cottage, and Ladies' Pavilion. Tour ends near 72nd Street and Central Park West.
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, West Side Stories Tour
Workshop |
Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.
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11:45 am
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Beginner Language Class: Brazilian Portuguese
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Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Juggling in the Park
Book Reading |
In their upcoming book, Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust and Prosperity, the Committee for Economic Development's Steve Odland and Joe Minarik lay out a clear plan for how business and policy leaders can generate prosperity for business and society now, all while making capitalism sustainable for generations to come.
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12:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Joe Minarik discusses his book Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust and Prosperity
Festival |
Join the ART walk, as artists around TriBeCa open their studio doors to the public.  Experience a behind-the-scenes look at artists and their workspaces. Since 1995, some of Manhattan’s finest artists have opened their work spaces to the public to take a free, self-guided tour. TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour attendees are able to visit the artists, view their work and buy art directly from the source. This is a rare insight into the inner working of the artist studio. TOAST is a celebration of the creative community of TriBeCa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, T.O.A.S.T: Tribeca Open Studios Art Walk
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Tour |
An in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. Takes place daily.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Gallery Talk |
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD is a path-breaking exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
Workshop |
Access over 3,000 courses in web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business for free. Track your course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes. You will need your Library card and PIN to sign into Lynda.com during class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Featured Database: Lynda.com
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou.After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957): Exceptional War Drama
Staged Reading |
Expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon with an exceptional group directors and actors for this unique series—curated by Awoye Timpo as “an exhibition of rarely seen Black classic plays.” Play readings are followed in the evening by a discussion with the theatre artists involved. Alice Childress, Kathleen Collins, Bill Gunn, and Ron Milner are just four out of a long line of writers whose extraordinary plays were produced in the 20th century. 4:30pm: Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress A timeless and thrilling play, Wine in the Wilderness (1969) revolves around a young girl who befriends an artist in the midst of painting his triptych. In this piece Childress explores the depths of Black womanhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
Free
Staged Readings, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park. The tour is every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, High Line Tour
Concert |
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Songbook: Broadway's Future
Workshop |
Learn the basics of using a Mac computer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Mac Computers for Beginners
Film |
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall.A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Michael Gordon's Pillow Talk (1959): Oscar-Winning RomCom
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture recounts a story about a world at war - about the Soviet-American superpower struggle for ideological superiority, about the birth and death of a reclusive communist nation - and about the power of one family's love and their four-decade struggle to transcend authoritarian oppression, to find each other again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Nina Willner discusses her book Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
Staged Reading |
Expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon with an exceptional group directors and actors for this unique series—curated by Awoye Timpo as “an exhibition of rarely seen Black classic plays.” Play readings are followed in the evening by a discussion with the theatre artists involved. Alice Childress, Kathleen Collins, Bill Gunn, and Ron Milner are just four out of a long line of writers whose extraordinary plays were produced in the 20th century. 6:30pm What the Wine-Sellers Buy by Ron MilnerWritten in 1974, What the Wine-Sellers Buy was originally produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Center. The play centers around Steve Carlton, a carefree high school student, who wrestles between his dream to become a professional basketball player and the other possibilities in his life.
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6:30 pm
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Staged Readings, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights
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Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining 30 question trivia quiz. There are questions and categories for all comers, spanning subjects from Music and Movies to New York History, Sports, Literature and others in between. Individuals and teams welcome. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time. Trivia Master Chris Vaccari is a New York-based trivia host with the answers to (almost) all of your questions. He has hosted fun-filled trivia events in the Tri-State area since 2007.
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Trivia Night
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In today’s constantly connected world, bringing some calm to a crowded mind can be difficult. Meditating for just a few minutes a day can make you happier, healthier, and reduce the stress of daily life. Our simple, convenient approach is rooted in history, based in science and comes with some serious benefits. Join us and experience the many benefits of meditation firsthand.In this class, you will:Be taught the basics of meditation and how to start a daily practiceLearn more about the effects of meditation on the mind and bodyUnderstand how meditation can reduce stress at work and beyond
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Journey Meditation
Gallery Talk |
Join residents Kristen Jensen and Sara Jordenö for a moderated conversation with Siobhan Burke, a dance writer who contributes regularly to The New York Times and Dance Magazine. 
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6:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Artists in Discussion: Kristen Jensen / Sara Jordenö
Discussion |
Almost a decade since the financial crisis, economic debate remains trapped by stale assumptions that led to the calamity. Liberals don’t have a plan to rescue failing economies—and, despite posturing to the contrary, neither do conservatives. How might the left challenge the surging populism that has fed on widespread economic discontent while advancing a compelling vision for a new economy? James K. Galbraith, J.W. Mason, Julia Ott, and Mark Levinson discuss.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Dissent Spring Issue Launch: Capitalism Today
Staged Reading |
WAITING FOR THE DAWNFeeling the excitement and anxiety of his first produced play, Cliff Russell, a young aspiring playwright, is on a creative "high." His Uncle John, a world renown director, plans to direct a stage reading and a production. He wants to cast two long time friends (Phillip and Suzanne) in the lead roles. When he meets with them he learns how their inflated egos and lack of compassion could possibly prevent the production of his dream.SEPARATE LIVES: SAME BLOODThree cousins,very different in personality, class and temperament begrudgingly spend a summer together in Harlem. Their constant disagreeing and arguing, which results in a physical altercation,straining their relationships even more, is interrupted by an incident that causes them to re-evaluate the meaning of family.Both plays written by Roger Parris.Directed by Ajene Washington.
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7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, 2 One-Act Play Readings
Book Discussion |
Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. The superstate and its residents are dictated to by a political regime euphemistically named English Socialism, shortened to "Ingsoc" in Newspeak, the government's invented language. The superstate is under the control of the privileged elite of the Inner Party, a party and government that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime", which is enforced by the "Thought Police" (Wikipedia)
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Book Discussion Group: 1984
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
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Tours, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Performance |
Elizabethan England. Early 1600s. The playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare has just completed a new work that will go on to become one of the most famous plays of all time. Find out how it went down at the latest installment of New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s popular series that investigates landmark cultural moments. Guest artists include American literary critic and scholar Stephen Greenblatt. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Performances, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: The Premiere of Hamlet
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Learn all about downloading music, videos, images and more, including streaming and sharing.
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Digital Media Basics
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