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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 20, 2022?

28 free events take place on Wednesday, April 20 in New York City. 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 20 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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free events nyc Chamber Musicians from Juilliard at a Beatiful Church (in-person and online)
free events nyc Sounds of A&R: Named Best Jazz Group in Magazine Poll
free events nyc Piano Music of Robert and Clara Schumann
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Birdwatching | Battery Bird Walk


Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flagpole located at the entrance to Battery Park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Join Gabriel Willow and The Battery Conservancy to explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Wednesdays, April 20-May 25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Park Walk | High Line Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Book Discussion | Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being (online)


Do you feel you are “always-on,” continuously checking email, and working long hours? Collaborative work consumes 85% of employees’ time and is drifting earlier into the morning, later into the night, and deeper into the weekend. Through in-depth stories and tools, bestselling author and leadership expert Rob Cross will show you how to break your work addiction and reclaim close to a day a week by identifying and challenging beliefs that lead us to jump into collaborative work too quickly, helps us impose structure in our work, alter behaviors, and cultivate a broad network for innovation and scale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Affordable Housing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Matching Need with Delivery (online)


Delivery of large, quality affordable housing in sub-Saharan Africa is an urgent necessity. In his talk, Rob Wesselo will discuss why large scale projects not getting off the ground in a market where demand is growing year by year. What needs to be done to unlock significant delivery of green affordable housing projects to satisfy this demand? Rob Wesselo is a Managing Director responsible for South Africa operations for International Housing Solutions. He is responsible for sourcing investment, structuring and negotiating deals with developers and managing the operations of IHS in South Africa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Sex Workers Built the Internet (online)


An oral history roundtable tracing the early days of an internet built on desire, erotic labor, communal care, and animated gifs. From search suggestions to streaming video to encrypted online banking, the internet as we know it today was built on the back of sex work. Yet official histories overwrite the feminized, criminalized labor and communal innovation that made the internet desirable, accessible, and profitable. Experts Gabriella Garcia, Tina Horn, and Sinnamon Love gather an oral history roundtable that urgently retells the internet’s past—and its possible futures—by centering sex workers’ experiences, voices, and activism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walk | Meadow to Meadow Walk in Central Park (online)


There's something special about Central Park's expansive green meadows. Stroll by the sunbathers and picnicking New Yorkers to explore the beauty of these landscapes and learn about their history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Wednesday


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | Bewitched (2005): Sitcom Update with Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell


Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched. Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | Japanese Crime Fiction: How It Caught the World (online)


Welcome Allison Markin Powell, Marie Iida, and Juliet Grames in the panel to discuss Japanese Crime Fiction in the United States and its growing popularity. The discussion will be led by the English translators of Kaoru Takamura's Lady Joker, Allison Markin Powell and Marie Iida, as well as editor Juliet Grames from the acclaimed Soho Crime imprint and the literature in translation program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Author Reading | The Impossible City of Hong Kong: A Memoir


This book paints a portrait of the generation of young people in Hong Kong who came of age after the 1997 handover, weaving memoir, reportage, and cultural criticism to examine the city's political history, the lack of mental healthcare and affordable housing, and its underground music scene. Drawing richly from her own experience, as well as interviews with musicians, protesters, and writers who have made Hong Kong their home, journalist Karen Cheung gives us a view of this remarkable city at a critical moment in history. Karen Cheung is a writer and journalist from Hong Kong. Her essays, cultural criticism, and reported features have appeared on This American Life and in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and other publications. She was formerly a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press and was co–founding editor of Still / Loud, an indie magazine about culture and music in Hong Kong.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Madrid Kills Me!: Sites of Resistance During the HIV/AIDS Crisis (online)


With Louie Valencia-García, Texas State.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Tour | DEP Sludge Boat Tour (online)


Curious where your waste goes? The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts a video tour of a DEP sludge boat. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video tour, you’ll learn how the City’s fleet of marine vessels play a critical role in improving the environment and producing renewable resources out of New Yorkers’ waste. Each day, DEP treats 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater–the used water New Yorkers send down the drain in homes, businesses and schools, combined in many cases with rainwater collected off the streets. DEP turns that wastewater into valuable resources: clean water that gets released back into local waterways, biosolids that can be beneficially reused, and energy that can power our facilities and be put back into the grid. In addition to the video tour, the program will include a live conversation with DEP’s Deputy Commissioner of Wastewater Treatment, Pam Elardo, and Alicia West, DEP’s Director of Public Design Outreach, followed by audience Q&A moderated by Open House New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | Street Futures: How Covid-19 Has Changed Our Streetscapes (online)


At this point, two years into the pandemic, how has our conception of the public street changed? What do we want to bring forward from recent practices as we look ahead to the future? Using the conversion of parking spaces into alternative temporary uses for restaurants, seating areas and public spaces as the focus of discussion, a panel of distinguished guests will examine the intersection of design, public policy, and social justice that coalesce around the future of our streets.  Invited Speakers include: Emily Weidenhof, Director of Public Space, New York City Department of Transportation Fauzia Khanani, founder Studio Fōr and Vice President of  Design Advocates Martha Snow, Associate Program Director, Urban Design Forum Daphne Lundi, Deputy Director for Social Resiliency, Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Author Reading | A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World


The world is in the midst of a storm that has shaped the history of modernity along a double fracture: on the one hand, an environmental fracture driven by a technocratic and capitalist civilization that led to the ongoing devastation of the Earth’s ecosystems and its human and non-human communities and, on the other, a colonial fracture instilled by Western colonization and imperialism that resulted in racial slavery and the domination of indigenous peoples and women in particular. In this important new book, Malcom Ferdinand challenges this double fracture, thinking from the Caribbean world. Here, the slave ship reveals the inequalities that continue during the storm: some are shackled inside the hold and even thrown overboard at the first gusts of wind. Drawing on empirical and theoretical work in the Caribbean, Ferdinand conceptualizes a decolonial ecology that holds protecting the environment together with the political struggles against (post)colonial domination, structural racism, and misogynistic practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany's Wealthiest Dynasties (in-person and online)


David de Jong, financial journalist and historian, discusses his book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Nontoxic Panel Discussion


A discussion surrounding how to eliminate everyday toxins from your life. Moderated by Sophia Gushee with panelists including Amy Ling Lin, Kara Ladd and Sylwia Wiesenberg.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Intraterrestrials: Mapping Caves Under Kentucky (online)


Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system in the world, reticulates over 420 mapped subterranean miles of karst limestone beneath Kentucky. “Cavers” are the folks single-mindedly passionate about mapping Mammoth, surveying and plotting every river, passageway, waterfall, and crystalline arch it secrets. As an ethnographic account of caves and caverns, the foremost aim of this talk is to share what it is like to spend one’s days underground, and what sort of people feel most at home doing so. While one might suppose that caves can now be mapped as distributed electronic coordinates pinged by GPS receivers, GPS data is in fact almost entirely useless when navigating subterranean systems. As such, cave cartography remains a formidable task requiring boots on the ground and pencils in hand. Drawing upon critical geographers’ analyses of the mutual construction of space and place, as well as recent anthropological accounts of the “politics of verticality” and “volumetric thinking,” “The Intraterrestrials” will address the hyper-local, embodied, and intimate expertise cavers cultivate over the course of ears spent underground. Speaker Sophia Roosth asks what such subterranean imaginations might disclose about other, perhaps more mundane, practices of mapping space and inhabiting place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Composers in Focus: Highly-Acclaimed Unsuk Chin (online)


South Korean composer Unsuk Chin's works have been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others. She is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2019, The Guardian ranked her Cello Concerto (2009) the 11th greatest work of art music since 2000. Join the discussion on how Unsuk Chin, who started as a largely self-taught artist and composer, developed her voice eventually becoming one of the eminent composers of today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | New York City Families: A Community Policy Agenda


An expert panel to discuss the challenges faced by NYC families with children and their resilience. Guests include: Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO of Harlem Children's Zone Dr. Frances Lucerna, Co-Founder & President of El Puente Christina Hanson, Executive Director of Part of the Solution Mayor Michael Nutter, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice and Urban Affairs & Communities Speak Principal Investigator Moderated by Ester R. Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University SIPA and Communities Speak Principal Investigator
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Earth Room: Narrative Poem


Selected by Nobel Laureate Louise Glück as winner of the inaugural Bergman Prize, Rachel Mannheimer's debut is a dazzling book-length narrative poem that explores with tenderness how art and love intersect to make one's life. Transporting the reader across decades and from the Moon to Mars by way of Alaska, Berlin, and the Hudson Valley, Earth Room considers a lineage of sculpture, performance, and land art--from Robert Smithson to Pina Bausch--with observations shaped by gender and environment, history and portents of apocalypse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation with Country Superstar Garth Brooks (online)


Garth Brooks is the only American country music singer and songwriter in history to have released nine albums to receive diamond status. He has sold more than 170 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Reading | In Translation: Voices from Ukraine (online)


In this time of war and horror, listen to work by writers from Ukraine and, in doing so, honor our shared humanity. The event will feature readings from the books Mondegreen: Songs About Love and Death by Volodymyr Rafeyenko, The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan, Lucky Breaks by Yevgenia Belorusets, and Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov. These masterful novelists paint four searing, illuminating portraits of conflict in Ukraine and the people caught within it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Jazz | Sounds of A&R: Named Best Jazz Group in Magazine Poll


Named "Best Jazz Group" at the 2019 Hot House Magazine & Jazzmobile NYC Reader's Jazz Awards at Birdland Jazz Club, Sounds of A&R aka S.O.A.R. is the brainchild of vocalist April May Webb and trumpeter Randall Haywood. Partners in music and life, April and Randall have come together creating a distinct sound. The paths of vocalist April May and trumpeter Randall Haywood first crossed at Moore's Lounge, a jazz club located in New Jersey. April May & Randall both took to the stage to sit in on a tune at a jam session and without even knowing each other, the musical chemistry was instant. April May and Randall's union produce a sound that is sincere and hopeful in nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Performance | #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence


Over 1,300 U.S. children were killed by gunfire in 2020. On the 23rd anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy, teens are looking for answers on how to avoid becoming another statistic and saying, "Enough is enough." Roundabout Theatre Company's after-school Youth Ensemble presents #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a staged reading of eight short new theatrical works by young writers from across the country, intended to spark critical conversations about guns and inspire meaningful action. By promoting playwriting as a tool for self-expression and social change, #ENOUGH hopes to harness the current generation's spirit of activism while supplying a platform for America's future playwrights to develop their voices today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Music of Robert and Clara Schumann


12 pianists perform selections from the piano music of Robert and Clara Schumann, interwoven with readings of their letters by actors Mathias Goldstein and Mary Cavett. Clara SCHUMANN From 4 Pieces caracteristiques, Op. 5. Robert SCHUMANN From Fantasiestucke, op. 12. Clara SCHUMANN From Three Romances, op. 11. Robert SCHUMANN From Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, op. 14. Clara SCHUMANN Scherzo in C Minor, op. 14. Robert SCHUMANN From Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22. Robert SCHUMANN From Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26. Robert SCHUMANN From 12 Klavierstucke fur kleine und grosse Kinder, op.85. Clara SCHUMANN Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, op. 20. Robert SCHUMANN Fantasiestucke, Op. 111. Clara SCHUMANN Romances, Op. 21. Robert SCHUMANN From 12 Klavierstucke fur kleine und grosse Kinder, op.85. All audience members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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