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

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free events nyc The most important European film ever made: Federico Fellini's
free events nyc Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett discusses his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
free events nyc Joseph Dorman's Arguing the World (1997): New York Intellectuals
free events nyc Of Cold Hands, Blind Eyes, and White Hair: Physical and Psychological Aging in the Operas of Giuseppe Verdi
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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, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Lower Manhattan 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 at 10am and 11am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Federal Reserve Bank 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, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Lunchtime Meditation
Film |
The life of the mind – the world of ideas – is the subject of this documentary essay. The film explores the polarizing era of the Cold War, a particular time in 20th century American life when ideas played a powerful part, when opposing philosophies influenced the politics of the time, and when the role of the public intellectual was ideologically driven along strict binary lines of left and right, eventually to be superseded by the transformative intellectual activism of the civil rights movement. 110 min. Followed by Q&A with film editor Jonathan Oppenheim.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Joseph Dorman's Arguing the World (1997): New York Intellectuals
Film |
In 1987, a group of thirty European intellectuals and filmmakers voted Otto e mezzo the most important European film ever made. it was among the top 10 onThe Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, ranked third in a 2002 poll of film directors conducted by the British Film Institute. It is now considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. 8½ won Oscars (1963) for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white). Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale. In 8½ Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film. Shot in black-and-white, the film features a soundtrack by Nino Rota. 138 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, The most important European film ever made: Federico Fellini's 8½
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, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Harlem Tour
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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, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Southern Park Welcome Tour
Film |
Stars: John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Alan Hale. Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading to the older man's death due to a weak heart. Joe and Mabel go on the run as he thinks noone would believe an convict like him. 88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Lewis Seiler's Dust Be My Destiny (1939): Innocent Man on the Run
Discussion |
Presenters will address current research pertaining to the discontents of gender and sexuality. These lectures will vary in form, from panel discussions to co-presentations. The talks will feature faculty paired with an outside academic of their choice, while others will present an outside academic and a faculty respondent. Featuring: Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair/Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussions, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Race, Gender and Sexuality: Governing for Inclusion
Concert |
Yun-chin Zhou, Piano  400PM Noah Peter Halpern, Jazz Trumpet  6:00PM Gabrielle Chou, Piano  6:00PM Joey Lavarias, Bassoon  8:00PM
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, College Recitals
Book Reading |
Aaron J. Leonard is author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists. He has a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in History from New York University. He lives in Southern California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Readings, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Aaron J. Leonard discusses his book A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence and Infiltration From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union, 1962-1974
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.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, High Line Tour
Staged Reading |
UnsungMusicalsCo. presents a special exploratory reading of The Bergen Letters, an original musical play by TC Lind, Derek Gregor, and Phoebe Kreutz. The new work unfolds across multiple decades, and was initially inspired by the hidden homosexual lives, relationships, and letters of mid-century theater artists. The Bergen Letters is being developed through the UMC Writers Lab, a four-week intensive fostering the creation of a new original musical play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Staged Readings, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, The Bergen Letters: Hidden Lives of Theater Artists
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Julia Wertz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Graphic Novel Discussion: Tenements, Towers & Trash
Book Reading |
On the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, Michael Benson chronicles how 2001: A Space Odyssey came to be. Widely regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Some critics had trouble with the unconventional narrative and grandiose vision. But its overwhelming commercial success paved the way for future sci-fi blockbusters. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Michael Benson discusses his book Space Odyssey
Lecture |
In early nineteenth-century Italian opera, characters explicitly described as old are mostly a prerogative of comedy. In serious melodramma, the advanced age of some characters may be inferred by virtue of their role (father and grandfather, pastor), but only rarely is it explicitly stated, verbally or visually. In Verdi’s operas, conversely, old age emerges as a fundamental concern—one that is referred to explicitly and frequently in passages of poetry and other verbal indicators (such as cast pages and stage directions). In this lecture, Francesco Izzo of the University of Southampton explores the theme of old age in Verdi’s operas from 1839 to 1867, drawing in particular on Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, Nabucco, I lombardi alla prima crociata, Ernani, I due Foscari, Rigoletto, La traviata, and Don Carlos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Lectures, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Of Cold Hands, Blind Eyes, and White Hair: Physical and Psychological Aging in the Operas of Giuseppe Verdi
Workshop |
This meditation course is based on Raja Yoga teachings. The course offers a clear method and simple, fun suggestions to get you started on meditation. Raja Yoga is a system of spiritual knowledge about the potential of human consciousness. It also offers a meditation practice that enables you to experience inner calm whilst approaching life's challenges with clarity and a positive attitude. This is the first of 4 classes participants must attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Meditation Workshop
Book Reading |
Football player Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor. He’s a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, and he wants to make you uncomfortable. Bennett adds his unmistakable voice to discussions racism and police violence, Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. His memoir is a sports book for our turbulent times, a memoir, and a manifesto as hilarious and engaging as it is illuminating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett discusses his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Lecture |
During the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962), French army officers tested a number of military strategies, theorized them, called them Modern Warfare, and exported them to North and South America. The talk discusses the genealogies and spatial ramifications of these practices and theories, as well as their dissemination in the USA during and after the Algerian Revolution. It scrutinizes the scholarship of French military officer David Galula at Harvard University in the 1960s and demystifies The Battle of Algiers and its screening at the Pentagon in 2003. Speaker Samia Henni was born in Algiers, Algeria. She works at the intersection of architecture, planning, colonial practices, and military operations from the early 19th century up to the present day. Her book Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria, examines French colonial territorial transformations and spatial counterinsurgency measures in Algeria under colonial rule during the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, From Counterrevolution to Counterinsurgency
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Concert |
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Student Composers' Concert 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Avan Yu, piano 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Kyu Eh Kang, viola
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Student Recitals
Dance Performance |
A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join each season in performing at the historic church. Featuring: Maira Duarte/Dance to the People, Paty Solórzano, Sonia Lopes Soares Viga212
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Dance Performances, April 02, 2018, 04/02/2018, Experiments in Dance
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Classical Music | Orchestral works by European composers

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Jazz | Jazz gala performance

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Concert | Epic tribute concert to one of the greatest R&B singers

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