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Free things to do that happen in New York City (NYC) every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something to do on May 23, 2015 don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! You'll see lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events which will take your breath away!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge!

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October and March are the busiest months in NYC in terms of free events, free things to do. That is contrary to the common misconception that most of free events happen in New York City in summer. That 'summer' misconception is due to big publicity that some of New York City summer free events get.

In fact, New York City never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's summer or winter, spring or fall.

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'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City (NYC) today:
Saturday, May 23, 2015

All events, activities, things to do today, Saturday, May 23, 2015 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Health and Race Walking
Enjoy views of the Park's landscapes as you get fit. Coach Lon Wilson of the New York Walkers Club leads walks at a moderate to brisk pace over mostly flat surfaces. Wear comfortable sneakers! Ages 18+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Health and Race Walking
City Walk | Sheepshead Bay-to-Floyd Bennett Airfield Walk
A 7+ mile, moderate to brisk paced hike along generally flat paths and beaches. Visit Hanger B, home to many vintage WW II aircraft, some in stages of restoration. Possible hike extension across the Marine Parkway Bridge. Bring lunch and water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Sheepshead Bay-to-Floyd Bennett Airfield Walk
Tour | Manhattan Street Art Tour
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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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Tour | Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour | Harlem 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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Tour | Lower Manhattan, Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo Tour
A multi-neighborhood tour of the Lower Manhattan area. The tour begins on Wall Street, where you will see the New York Stock Exchange and Trinity Church before moving on the the World Trade Center and City Hall. We then move on by subway to visit the largest Chinatown in the United States. Following Chinatown, the tour will continue on through Little Italy and on to SoHo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Lower Manhattan, Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo Tour
Tour | Alternative New York Tour
Time to learn about the other New York City; the city that nurtured political, cultural and intellectual revolutions. The city that gave birth to punk rock, the beat poets and graffiti. The city that has survived two centuries of mass riots, crime and corruption, murder and mayhem. The city that has flourished in spite of economic and social hardship.
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Alternative New York Tour
Tour | Roosevelt House Public Tour
Roosevelt House - the former double townhouse of Franklin, Eleanor and Sara Delano Roosevelt, and now owned by Hunter College - offers visitors a chance to get closer to a family as unique as the city they inhabited, and to explore the private spaces where some of the most iconic public policy of the 20th century was shaped. Hear about FDR's rise to the presidency after his struggle with polio, Eleanor's activism for civil rights and human rights, and Sara's support for interracial and interfaith initiatives. Tour times: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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$10 suggested donation;
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Workshop | Park Fly Fishing
Learn the basics of fly fishing for free. Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Staten Island Ferry and Walk
Meet at 10:00AM and take the ferry at 10:30AM (the ferry leaves on time). On the ferry, see the beauty of New York Harbor. Then take the bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St. George, visit its many beautiful and interesting buildings. Bring lunch, water and binoculars or camera with optical zoom lens. Group will return to ferry at 3:30PM. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Staten Island Ferry and Walk
Fair | Street Fair
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
to 6:00 pm

Free
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park
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. Lessons are weather permitting.
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11:00 am
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Park Walk | Garden Tour
Learn about the thousands of trees, flowers, shrubs, and perennials that decorate the Garden from horticulturalists who take care of this special place within the Park. Route involves a few stairs. 75 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Garden Tour
Workshop | Shape Up NYC Zumba
Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Shape Up NYC Zumba
Other | Outdoor Art Exhibit - Spring Show 2015
Now in its 84th year, the Outdoor Art Exhibit will hold its annual spring show. The show features exciting new and veteran exhibitors in all categories of fine arts and fine crafts, both traditional and contemporary. Oils and watercolors, pastels and acrylics, graphics, photography and sculpture make up the fine arts group. The crafts include such specialties as jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and. mixed media. Each exhibit consists of an individual artist or artisan showing their own original work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Free
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Other | Open Studios
As part of opening weekend at Governors Island, audiences are invited to join a special weekend-long Open Studios event. Open Studios attendees will also have to opportunity to look at the developing and completed works of artists working in a variety of mediums — including visual, literary, and performing arts — leaving visitors learning about new ideas, perspectives, and art forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Tour |
Sound collective Ultra-red will lead a sound walk and workshop based on its work Protocols for the Wojnarowicz Object, or What Is the Sound of Building Up and Tearing Down? Participants will gather first for a short introduction, followed by a sound walk down the west side of Manhattan. After the sound walk, participants will return for a discussion of their experiences during the walk.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Ultra-red: Introduction to Collective Listening
Concert |
Problems: BRAHMS Tragische Ouvertüre, Op. 81 HERBERT Cello Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 30 CANNING Fantasy on a Hymn by Justin Morgan SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54 Pre-College Symphony George Stelluto, conductor Max Bobby, cello
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Symphonic Works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Herbert
Concert | College Recitals
Pre-College Symphony 1 p.m. Pre-College Orchestra 8 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Free
Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, College Recitals
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm

Regular: $35
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Family musical
Tour | Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tour | Brooklyn Heights Tour
Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Park Walk | Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Explore the Park’s central features including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. Route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths. 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Tour | Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany &amp; Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
Festival | 20th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
The festival occurs in two of the venue's four theaters. In addition, the festival has an outdoor component, all day Saturday May 23rd, there will be performances by poets, actors, dancers, musicians, and much food by local merchants. The entire festival is free to the public. The only things that are for sale are the diverse foods offered on Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Free
Festivals, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, 20th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
2:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, A play about the world's currency
2:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, musical love story
2:00 pm
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Regular: $54
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Dance Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Hilarious dance competition
2:00 pm
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Regular: $45
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Comic theater
2:00 pm
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Regular: $69
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Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Play about mafia
2:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, An amusing musical
2:30 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, A romantic comedy
Discussion | Debut Novelists in Conversation
Debut novelists Cecily Wong and Julie Wu talk about their ambitious, multi-generational novels set in Oahu and 1940s Taiwan, respectively.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Debut Novelists in Conversation
Concert | Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor &amp; Boody Organ Builders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Concert on Water
5:00 pm
to 6:30 pm

Regular: $47
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, An amazing evening of intimate magic
6:00 pm
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Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Theater |
Presented by The Drilling Company.
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Free
Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Shakespeare Outdoors: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Dance Performance | Tap dance
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Tap dance
7:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Comic theater
Tour | Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Documentary: Albert Maysles' Iris (2014)
The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, Iris pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York City fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. 78 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Documentary: Albert Maysles' Iris (2014)
7:30 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, A play about the world's currency
7:30 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, A romantic comedy
Concert |
Problems: MOZART Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621 MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 Pre-College Orchestra Adam Glaser, conductor Alec Manasse, clarinet
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Orchestral Works by Mozart, Berlioz
Tour | Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway tickets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Classic Soul &amp; Motown Revue
8:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Stand-up comedy
8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Argentine singer with South American folklore, jazz and electronic sound
8:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, musical love story
8:00 pm
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Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, hilarious parody of a famous TV show
8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Jazz Quartet
8:00 pm
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Theaters, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, An adaptation of world's classics
8:00 pm
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Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Play about mafia
8:00 pm
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Performances, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Hilarious Romantic-Comedy Play Based on A Hit Book!
9:30 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Argentine singer with South American folklore, jazz and electronic sound
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Concerts, May 23, 2015, 05/23/2015, Afro-Cuban music
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Concert | Choral works by Fauré, Duruflé and more

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Concert | Flute works of Debussy, Borne and more

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