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Thu, August 31, 2017
42 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 31, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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These morning classes provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center are led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. All ages and levels are welcome. Classes are rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Morning Tai Chi
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, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, 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
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City Walks, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Park Walk |
This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, starting in front of the beautiful American Museum of Natural History. From there enter the park and explore, seeing everything from a castle to the wild-looking Ramble. See an Ancient Egyptian obelisk and the place where Stuart Little raced his sailboat in the E.B. White children’s classic. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. There will be many wonderful photo opportunities throughout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Park Walks, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Central Park Tour - Middle Section
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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, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Harlem Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Alternative New York Tour
Poetry Reading |
Poet, author, and educator Donna Masini will use Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park as a stage for live readings of poetry and prose.
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Poetry Readings, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Donna Masini reads her poetry
Park Walk |
On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs. 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Heart of the Park Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Photoshop for Beginners
Film |
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan. Fog delays a group of travelers headed for New York. They wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life. 119 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Anthony Asquith's The V.I.P.s (1963): Stuck at the Airport
Workshop |
Sharpen your business writing skills.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Business Writers Workshop
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In this one-hour session, you will learn to harness the power of periods, commas, and semicolons. You’ll discover what’s right, what’s wrong, and when you get to apply artistic judgment. Facilitated by: Steph Spector
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Grammar Workshop
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, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
City Walk |
Join a tour of The Battery, a 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more. Every Thursday from May 11 to August 31, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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City Walks, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Tour The Battery
Workshop |
Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults
Film |
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn. An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute. 113 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Gregory Hoblit's Fracture (2007): Attorney's Rise to the Top
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Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton. A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. 116 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Received 6 Oscar Nominations
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, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Subway Art Tour
City Walk |
Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Film |
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans (2016): Orphaned on the Sea
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Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire. A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest. 11o min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Ernst Lubitsch's Oscar Nominee Ninotchka (1939): Falling for the Enemy
Film |
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. 152 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008): Superhero Saga Won 2 Oscars
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Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson. Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. 117 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, M. Night Shyamalan's Split (2016): Man Has 23 Personalities
Workshop |
Mah Jongg Socials, led by Linda Fisher, throughout the summer. Basic instruction included.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Mah Jongg Social
Workshop |
Learn all about Skype's popular platform for video chatting on nearly any internet-connected device.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Skype and Video Chatting
Discussion |
Seoul-based North Korean human rights organization NAUH (Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights) offers a short performance Jangmadang (North Korean Markets) and discussion. North Korean markets provide economic opportunities for traders and locals inclined on better standards of living. After the 2009 currency devaluations, markets saw a swell in opposition--which led the central government to reportedly execute the official in charge of the devaluation effort. For NAUH and those who have fled the North Korean regime, jangmadang are where some authorities crackdown on sellers, buyers and beggars. NAUH’s refugee and student troupe visits New York for a first time, and it’s inaugural performance takes place at The Korea Society. Several of the performers are North Korean refugees abused in the jangmadang; they chose to flee North Korea after persecution. Their powerful performance showcases ongoing human rights abuses and the struggle within North Korean markets. The 12-minute performance is followed by a short discussion and lite fare.
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4:00 pm
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Discussions, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Jangmadang (North Korean Markets): A Short Performance and Discussion
Workshop |
Play Bingo every Thursday. Meet new friends and have fun. All adults are welcomed.
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Bingo Night for Adults
Film |
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett. An architect's fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Andy Goddard's A Kind of Murder (2016): Architect vs. Killer
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Patrick Modiano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Discussions, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Missing Person: Award-Winning French Novel
Concert |
Gospel concert will feature the talents of Jules Bartholomew’s JudaCamp, the Reverend Terrance L. Kennedy and the Reach Week Ministry, ARC gospel choir, and Evangelist Talitha Cumi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Inspiring gospel
Lesson |
Be with other beginners to learn the basics of chess with help from a friendly Games Host. Thursdays until August 31, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lessons, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Beginner Chess Social
Concert |
Underground System, a group of modern afrobeat deconstructionists, augments its presence with a multitude of eclectic musical influences including the South Bronx girl group ESG, Fela Kuti, and British new wave cult classic band XTC, together with a penchant for the deeper sounding corners of New York City dance floors. The group gained prominence with the release of a dozen official remixes of Bella Ciao – a retro-futuristic interpretation of a Partisan anti-fascist Italian WWII anthem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Modern sounds of Afrobeat by Underground System
Workshop |
Connie Gemson discusses how to: Define your goals and values   Explore what work settings  are most comfortable and what  work seems realistic yet practical Assess what is important in your job and your life Discuss alternatives with others
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Exploring New Career Options
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Perfect your downward dog under the trees at this 14th season of outdoor yoga classes presented by Manduka with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. A colorful selection of mats is provided by Manduka, no need to bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Outdoor Yoga
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Link mindful breathing with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Bring your own mat. This event repeats every Thursday until September 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Yoga Flow Workshop
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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7:30 pm
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Tours, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Founded in 2014 as the house band of a Munich club, this big band has been quietly revolutionizing the German club scene with endlessly inventive performances of everything from hip-hop and house to dubstep and classical. Over the last two years they have become a regular presence at several renowned Munich music venues, including the famed jazz club Unterfahrt, indie spot Cord, and techno club Harry Klein, making them the only resident big band of a techno club in the world. With German fans already won over, the band has begun to attract a fervent international following.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Jazzrausch Bigband: Inventive German Collective
Comedy Club |
Bodega Cat is a weekly comedy show brought to you by Kevin Seefried (202 Comedy Festival), Andy Ostroff (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and Dane Hanson (Producer of Laughs on FOX). Live Stand-Up Comedy in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:45 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Bodega Cat Comedy Show
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 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Screening |
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s meditation on transcendent love, with an acclaimed cast led by Nına Stemme and Stuart Skelton. Mariusz Treliński’s insightful production sets the timeless tale against a backdrop of modern-day warfare. Original transmission: October 8, 2016 Approximate running time for Act I: 1 hour 45 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Screenings, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Act 1: A Screening of the Metropolitan Opera's Production
Film |
Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney. The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.  96 min. Free popcorn.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2017, 08/31/2017, Clint Eastwood's Sully (2016): Flight Ditches in Hudson River
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