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41 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 23, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
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 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 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
Free
City Walks, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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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9:45 am
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Tours, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Workshop |
Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting  and print previewing worksheets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, MS Excel 2010 for Beginners Workshop
Concert |
Navy Band Northeast will perform a concert. Part of Fleet Week festivities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, The U.S. Navy Band
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Bach at Noon
Concert |
These organ concerts are performed on the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ, an extraordinary instrument.  The organ was constructed by the renowned firm of Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Canada, and built for the specific requirements of the congregation's worship services and music program.
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Prism Organ Concert
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 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Workshop |
Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Film |
Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer.Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. 152 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise's West Side Story (1961): Won 10 Oscars
Workshop |
Learn about the online social network Twitter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Twitter Basics Workshop
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Other |
Meet the fishes of beautiful New York Harbor. Splash with the fishes, crabs, and other animals in the Wetlab, and watch the live dive. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be raffled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Others, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, The River Project: Meet the Fishes
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 The Forbidden City by Bill GunnBill Gunn’s final play, The Forbidden City, premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 1989. Set in the 1930s the play reckons with the nature of family and the excesses of love and power.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
Free
Staged Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights
Opening Reception |
The current American political crisis presents an acute challenge to the relationship between the visible and knowable, making it now more urgent than ever to consider how truth claims are constructed. This exhibition makes space for the coexistence of historical thought and present action. Working in film, video, sculpture, and performance, the contributing artists tease out the techniques by which the visible and knowable are produced and reckon with the ways the human body is enmeshed in and trained by multiple technologies. The exhibition features works by Julia Phillips, Kevin Beasley, Brendan Fernandes, Babette Mangolte, Martine Syms, Silvia Kolbowski, Lorenza Mondada, Nicolle Bussien & Sara Keel, Steffani Jemison, Marvin Luvualu Antonio, and Aisha Sasha John. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Exhibition: That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on:
Workshop |
This meditation is an amazing healing tool for loneliness, breakups, depression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Meditation: Blast Open Your Heart
Workshop |
Learn how to shoot video with a greeen screen to create a composite video project in iMovie. Also covered: color correction, audio editing, various iMovie effects. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, iMovie: Green Screening and Effects
Workshop |
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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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Juggling in the Park
Opening Reception |
Mustang is a tiny Tibetan region in the Himalayas, well hidden behind the two eight thousand meter peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Prior to 2008, Mustang was a kingdom within the Kingdom of Nepal. Since 1992, its borders have been open to a controlled number of foreign visitors. In 1996 Jaroslav Poncar travelled to Mustang to photographically document the best examples of traditional Tibetan architecture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Glimpses of Mustang: Photography by Jaroslav Poncar
Workshop |
Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Sahaja Meditation at the Library
Workshop |
Rediscover some of your favorite childhood games and learn fun twists on the classics. Play favorites like Jenga, Connect 4, Looping Louie, Gin Rummy, Scrabble, Rock em Sock em Robots, and more.Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable Park Prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Retro Game Social
Workshop |
Grab a team and join this weekly al fresco battle of the wits. Fun prizes go to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Teams must be 4 people or fewer.
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Tuesday Night Trivia
Screening |
Korea is a country that contains many wonders in its ancient and recent past - in the fields of art, philosophy, and science. The theme this week will be devotion in art and science – how artists and industrial workers have made sacrifices for the common good. The screening will be followed by a traditional Korean meal, and those who attend will also receive a choice of free books on Korea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Screenings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Hidden Wonders of Korea: Film Screening and Traditional Korean Meal
Book Reading |
To celebrate the release of his new monograph, photographer James Welling is joined by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, and Robert Slifkin, Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, to examine highlights from four decades of work and discuss his first survey show, currently on view at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium and traveling to Kunstforum Wien in May.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Photographer James Welling discusses his book Metamorphosis
Book Reading |
This book examines the legal culpability of the bystander told through the lens of the author s family experiences in the Holocaust.
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Amos N. Guiora discusses his book The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust
Book Reading |
Marita Golden is an acclaimed, award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. In The Wide Circumference of Love, Golden explores the unsettling effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an African-American family caring for their ailing patriarch while navigating an uncertain future. Golden will join a conversation that will be followed by a book signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Marita Golden reads from her book The Wide Circumference of Love
Discussion |
Former members of the artist collective Godzilla and their successor Godzookie return for a reunion conversation. Building on the precedent set by the 1970s Basement Workshop and spaces like the Asian American Arts Centre, the talk will consider the legacy of these formative Asian/Asian-American groups that came of age in the 1990s to early 2000s.
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Discussions, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Godzilla Returns! Asian American Collectives in the Arts
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 The Brothers by Kathleen CollinsIn this memory-drama, Collins weaves together a series of scenes and monologues about black men who “should have been born white’’ because they “spent their entire lives trying to jump out of their skins.’’ The Brothers (1982) was originally produced by the Women’s Project at the American Place Theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Staged Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights
Workshop |
Veteran Donald Calliste leads a series of exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat-burning overdrive and continue fat burning after you’ve completed your workout.This event repeats every Tuesday until September 26, 2017.                Terrace at 108th Street in Riverside ParkManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerSummer on the HudsonContact Number311Contact Email               Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside ParkWest 89th Street and Riverside DriveManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerSummer on the HudsonContact Number311
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Riverside HIIT Exercise Workshop
Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Phillip Ellis FosterLisa NevadaRachel Slaughter Meat & Co
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$3 suggested donation
Dance Performances, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Experiments in Dance
Talk |
This event by the Pictorial Photographers of America  is open to photographers - professional, amateur, and beginner - of all levels. Founded by Clarence H. White in 1916, it is one of NYC's oldest photography clubs.
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7:00 pm
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Talks, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Photojournalist Joe Epstein discusses his work
Poetry Reading |
Airea D. Matthews, Nathan McClain, and 2017 Walt Whitman Award winner Jenny Xie read poems from their new books, featured in the spring issue of American Poets, the journal of the Academy of American Poets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 3 American poets read from their work
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Walter HollandTim SeiblesSam SaxDavid GroffDavid Eye 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 5 Poets Read
Screening |
Over three evenings, short films made by this year's students in the graduate certificate program in Documentary Media Studies are screened for the public. Media Studies faculty member Deanna Kamiel will conduct Q&A sessions with the filmmakers following the screenings each night. These works are the product of a year of intensive study of documentary production, history, and theory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Screenings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 11th Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Festival
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Performance |
From the artist:"this is for you. you are a community. this is my performance. you are my material. this is a prison. leave when you want. keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their art with their credentials"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Performances, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Performance Art: Keyon Gaskin
Play |
Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.Runs May 23-28, May 30-June 3, June 6-13 and June 15-18.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: A Play of Politics and Power
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