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Mon, March 30, 2020. New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. Go off the beaten path and find hidden treasures which cost you nothing, but are extremelly enjoyable and much less crowded then famous tourist spots.

Experience New York with no lines and no hassle.  Our site tells yiou all about free tours, free concerts, free movies, free theater performances, free dsicussions, etc. you can take advantage of whether you live in the city or spend just a couple of days here.

DOWNTOWN

First, go Downtown and see where New York began: visit City Hall, view the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, walk by the fortification that was intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, bike (or just walk) along Hudson River passing all those beautiful Battery Park City Parks with their impressive open space design and public sculptures, sit down for a pleasant meal at one of small Financial Center eateries, go inside the Palm Atrium and take a look at the 9/11 memorial from there.

Then tour New York's beautiful City Hall free of charge. New York City Hall is one of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions. New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well. The tours that do not require reservations, but do require a signup, are run on Wednesdays at noon. The registration takes place on the day of the tour between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. You will need an advanced reservation for Thursday tours. They take place at 10 am for groups and at 10:30 am for individuals.

Your next adventure is to see the Statue of Liberty, but we do not reccomend to take the Statue of Liberty Ferry.
The best way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take a 25-minute water trip from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island by free-of-charge Staten Island Ferry. On a way there the Statue of Liberty will attract your undivided attention. On the way back (another 25 min) you will not be able to take your eyes off the stunning vistas of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry runs every 30 min most part of the day. It runs more often during rush hours: 7 am - 8:45 am and between 5 pm and 6:45 pm; but the ferries are packed during rush hour trips; this is not a good time to take a leisurely ride.

Go West young woman (or man) once you are back on Manhattan Island: pass Battery Park (you may want to stop at the Castle Clinton - no connection with the President's family).

UPTOWN
Your Uptown trip should include a walk around Columbia University Campus, visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and mostly overlooked gem that the Riverside Church is.

Walk around Columbia University Campus
The University founded as King’s College in 1754. It's historic main campus consists of 71 buildings on 36 acres and was originally designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. Low Memorial Library is our favorite building there. If you are not sure you want to go all the way uptown to see it, you may take a virtual tour at http://www.columbia.edu/acis/tour/start.html

And if you decide that Uptown does worth your time, then there are two other sites you do have to pay a visit to: Riverside Church and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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17  Best Free Events, Best Free Things to Do in New York City, NYC

We all know that best things in life are free, but nowhere it's true more than in New York (NYC).  Take a look at those free 17  events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City at this point -- March 30, 2020 and on...
Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! Capital and Ideology: The Latest from Bestselling Author Thomas Piketty !!!CANCELLED!!!
Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. The French economist's anticipated follow-up, Capital and Ideology, is at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a fairer economic system. Just after the new book's publication, Piketty discusses his latest provocative ideas with Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science at the University of Michigan; Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor at The Graduate Center; and Leslie McCall, presidential professor of sociology and political science and associate director of the Stone Center on Socio Economic Inequality at The Graduate Center.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 30
6:30 pm

Free

Author Readings, March 30, 2020, 03/30/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Capital and Ideology: The Latest from Bestselling Author Thomas Piketty !!!CANCELLED!!!
Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey !!!CANCELLED!!!
Get an up-close and personal insider's view from a front row seat at the biggest and best Broadway musicals of the past 50 years. Speaking to Broadway theater manager Tom Santopietro, Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian recounts his illustrious career working with Broadway greats on such legendary shows as A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 30
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, March 30, 2020, 03/30/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey !!!CANCELLED!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Discussion | !!!CANCELLED!!! Beyond the Game: Women and Athletics !!!CANCELLED!!!
In celebration of Women's History Month, a panel discussion about women, athletics, and success featuring alumnae, alumnae athletes, former professional athletes, and women who work to advance opportunities for women in athletics. Moderator: Juliet Macur, NYT sportswriter and author of Lance Armstrong, former Columbia athlete Panelists: -- Ula Lysniak, former Columbia basketball player, first woman athlete inducted into Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2018 inductee as member of 1985-6 team, and first Columbia woman basketball player to play professional basketball. -- Megan Griffith, former Columbia basketball player, current head coach of Columbia Women's Basketball, former assistant coach of Princeton's Women's Basketball team. -- Dr. Deborah Antoine, Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Sports Foundation, dedicated to advancing equity in sports    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 31
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 31, 2020, 03/31/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Beyond the Game: Women and Athletics !!!CANCELLED!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Discussion | !!! CANCELLED!!! New Rules for the 2020 White House Race !!! CANCELLED!!!
After a previous election marked by disinformation and foreign interference, news media must navigate a changed landscape in order to report on each candidate and engage voters -- especially young people who have traditionally stayed away from the polls -- in the issues of the 2020 presidential campaign. Hear from leading editors, producers, and correspondents on lessons-learned from 2016 and the challenges and opportunities of covering the current race to the White House. With: -- Andrea Bernstein, Co-Host, Trump, Inc., WNYC/ProPublica; Author, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power -- Rosie Gray, Reporter, BuzzFeed News -- Jessica Tarlov, VP, Research & Consumer Insight, Bustle Digital Group -- Moderator: Oliver Darcy, Senior Media Reporter, CNN    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 1
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, April 01, 2020, 04/01/2020, !!! CANCELLED!!!  New Rules for the 2020 White House Race !!! CANCELLED!!!
Other | !!! CANCELLED!!! Tony-Winning Actress Linda Lavin Discusses Her CD Love Notes !!! CANCELLED!!!
She's a Tony Award winner, two time Golden Globe award winner and Emmy nominated actress. Linda Lavin, star of TV's Alice will discuss her delightful new cd, her tribute to the great American Songbook produced by the incomparable Billy Stritch. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 1
7:00 pm

Free

Others, April 01, 2020, 04/01/2020, !!! CANCELLED!!! Tony-Winning Actress Linda Lavin Discusses Her CD Love Notes !!! CANCELLED!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Author Reading | Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Welcome reporter Sarah Kendzior on her new book, an exploration of the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump since the 1980s and how the erosion of our liberties made an American demagogue possible.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 8
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, April 08, 2020, 04/08/2020, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp’s dream of theater for all. This season, The Public’s acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare’s epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 16
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, April 16, 2020, 04/16/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Talk | Stacey Abrams, Former Georgia Gubernatorial Nominee
Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee and former Georgia House Democratic leader, joins in an important conversation about her visions for the future of democracy with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former president of Spelman College. Abrams, author of the recent bestseller Lead from the Outside, launched the organization Fair Fight after the 2018 gubernatorial election to ensure that every voter in Georgia and across the country has a voice in the democratic process.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 21
12:00 pm

Free

Talks, April 21, 2020, 04/21/2020, Stacey Abrams, Former Georgia Gubernatorial Nominee
Author Reading | My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Final Act of Love
An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by Jason Rosenthal, the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her in a column in The New York Times.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 21
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, April 21, 2020, 04/21/2020, My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Final Act of Love

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dance Performance | 19th Annual NYC Irish Dance Festival
Hundreds of New Yorkers gather for
a day of Irish dance on the pier, opening
 the city’s Summer on the Hudson arts and culture event series. Irish Arts Center’s 19th Annual Dance Festival features performances by top Irish dance troupes, traditional music sessions, activity tents, meet-the-dancer opportunities, and everyone-on-the-dance-floor romps. Performers include the Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, Darrah Carr Dance, Donny Golden Dancers, Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe, Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, and special guests.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 3
1:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, May 03, 2020, 05/03/2020, 19th Annual NYC Irish Dance Festival

Friday, May 15, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, The Public's acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 15
7:30 pm

Free

Plays, May 15, 2020, 05/15/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit

Monday, May 18, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 18
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, May 18, 2020, 05/18/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 24
2:00 pm

Free

Plays, May 24, 2020, 05/24/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 28
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, May 28, 2020, 05/28/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 30
2:00 pm

Free

Plays, May 30, 2020, 05/30/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 3
2:00 pm

Free

Plays, June 03, 2020, 06/03/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare

Friday, June 5, 2020

Play | Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
Bringing high-quality theater to communities across the five boroughs, the Mobile Unit embodies Joseph Papp's dream of theater for all. This season, the acclaimed Mobile Unit tour invites New Yorkers into a 21st century fairytale in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Director Carl Cofield reimagines Shakespeare's epic romance as a familiar yet fantastical story. When Imogen, princess and heir to the throne, secretly marries her true love, her father, the King, banishes her husband. Unleashed jealousy, weaponized ego, and distorted pride trip up every character in this contemporary version of an age-old tale of love and power. Will Imogen choose her love or familial duty?    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 5
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, June 05, 2020, 06/05/2020, Cymbeline: Reimagined Shakespeare
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