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Mon, August 21, 2017
35 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 21, 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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9:00 am
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Tours, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, 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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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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9:45 am
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Tours, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, West Side Stories Tour
Workshop |
Learn from Lighthouse Guild professionals about: How to select devices that meet your needs Computer features that enlarge print and read aloud How today's tablets and smart phones can get you back to newspapers, books, and communicating with family and friends Video magnifiers - small to large Vision rehabilitation services to help you make the most of your vision in accessing technology and daily activities
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Technology for Seniors
Film |
Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler. During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. 112 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, J.J. Abrams' Super 8 (2011): Mysterious Events in 1979
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Beginner Language Class: Italian
Book Reading |
When we think of '70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch . . . but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Revisiting the films that don't make the Academy Award montages, Charles Taylor finds a treasury many of us have forgotten, movies that in fact "unlock the secrets of the times."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Book Readings, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Charles Taylor discusses his book Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You
Jazz |
Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with many of the “greats” including Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper and Night Ark. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Armen Donelian, Eclectic Pianist and Coimposer
Tour |
Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
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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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Great Organ: Midday Monday
Workshop |
Learn desktop publishing basics using Microsoft Publisher 2010. Topics include creating flyers, brochures, business cards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, MS Publisher 2010 Workshop
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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, 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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan. A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her. 99 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Andrew L. Stone's Julie (1956): Woman's Murderous Husband
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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4:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, MS Excel 2010 for Beginners Workshop
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Big City Fishing
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Big City Fishing
Workshop |
Move your body to the beat. Have fun while you exercise. Bring a towel or an exercise mat.  Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a smile! Mondays in August.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Body Blast Dance-N-Sculpt
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, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, High Line Tour
Workshop |
Pair a beverage with a new creative skill at weekly craft classes. Supplement your cocktail with a new skill! Join us for free adult craft classes to learn the basics of painting, embroidery, origami, and more! Hosted by CraftJam and Paint and Sip Studio New York. Please arrive by 6pm to receive full instruction. Accommodation of late arrivals (after 6:05pm) is at the discretion of the instructor. Supplies are limited. Alcoholic beverages are for purchase by those 21+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Crafts and Cocktails
Workshop |
Mah Jongg Socials, led by Linda Fisher, throughout the summer. Basic instruction included.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Mah Jongg Social
Workshop |
Bring your own hand drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teacher. Djembes, ashikos, congas, bongos, frame drums, doumbeks, tamborines or any hand drum you might have around. The teacher will also bring some extra drums for folks that would like to try the class but don’t have a drum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Drum Circle
Film |
Stars: Oliver Reed, Gig Young, Carol Lynley. A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house. 99 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, David Greene's The Shuttered Room (1967): House's Horrible Secret
Film |
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx. A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. 118 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Will Gluck's Annie (2014): Plucky Orphan from the Comics
Book Reading |
Kurt Nordstrum leaves behind the safety of his life in Oslo to join the Allied troops. Having spent the last few months mourning the tragic death of his fiancée, he's been searching everywhere for distraction. When he learns of a top-secret operation to interfere with the Nazis' plans, it's everything he's been looking for, and he immediately steps up to the challenge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Andrew Gross reads from his book The Saboteur
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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7:30 pm
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Tours, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Classical Music |
Mahler (1860-1911) Piano Quartet in A minor (1876) Turina (1882-1949) Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67 (1931) Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 (1861) Ralph Allen, violin; Marcia Cassidy, viola; Iris Jortner, cello; Dan Weiser, piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Piano quartets by Mahler, Brahms and more
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Film |
The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at last of gaining the tribe's acceptance, he finds that he no longer wants to kill the dragon and instead befriends it. Some seating available – and lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois' How to Train your Dragon (2010): Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature
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Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett. Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Stanley Donen's Oscar Winner On the Town (1949): 24 Hours in NYC
Film |
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach. Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. 100 min. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before the start of each film. Lawn opens 5pm, pre-show entertainment presented by WeWork starts at 6pm, film begins at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Films, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Emile Ardolino's Oscar-Winning Dirty Dancing (1987): Musical Romance
Concert |
Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2017, 08/21/2017, Singers Space
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