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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 1, 2021?

24 free events take place on Wednesday, December 1 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 December 1 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 December . 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Conference | Migration, Displacement and Citizenship in an Urban World (online)


More than ever, the city is the locus of human mobility. The majority of the world’s migrants and forcibly displaced live in urban areas. Migration continues to be a fundamental process to the development and growth of cities.  The role of cities in shaping mobility and that of migrants in shaping cities have been increasingly recognized in policy, academic, and media circles.  Understanding this relationship and its implications for political and policy action requires us to gather new evidence from cities the world over and to possibly challenge past assumptions and theoretical concepts. Key questions that emerge in this context are: What is the role of urban governance in addressing the challenges and in harnessing the opportunities that come with migration? How do cities negotiate contested views surrounding the topic of migration? How do new forms of mobility and technological advances affect membership and belonging? How do shifting narratives on migration and displacement shape political and media discourse?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Migration, Displacement and Citizenship in an Urban World (online)

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Book Discussion | A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot


Join for a monthly book discussion with a focus on non-fiction narratives that depict overcoming obstacles and finding meaning in challenging circumstances as well as novels inspired by true events. The pick of this month is A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot

Fair | Holiday Market: Unique Gifts, Food Vendors and More


The market has over 160 vendors with unique gifts created by local craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs. Nov 18 - Dec 24 Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm Sunday 11am - 7pm Closed Thanksgiving Day Closed at 4pm on Christmas Eve
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
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Fairs, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Holiday Market: Unique Gifts, Food Vendors and More

Tour | Christmas in Paris: Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette (livestream)


You will start from the majestic Paris Opera, all lit up, then pass through a dark street to arrive to the magic of Christmas at the Galeries Lafayette. The charming windows and the giant Christmas tree are of course there!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Christmas in Paris: Paris Opera and Galeries Lafayette (livestream)

Discussion | Social Media for Social Good in Our Pandemic Era (online)


Richard Greenberg and Michael Seiler, co-founders of the first social media intelligence platform for the civic sector, Torch, will explore how social media can be a force for good in our society during the time of Covid-19. Greenberg and Seiler will present on how nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and activists are using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to build movements and raise awareness to drive positive change across a variety of issues. Additionally, the presenters will highlight avenues through which the broader public can similarly leverage social media for social good.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Social Media for Social Good in Our Pandemic Era (online)

Lecture | NYC's Covid-19 Unemployment Crisis: A Monumental Local Economic Policy Failure (online)


In this talk, James A. Parrott argues that the pandemic's economic and labor market impacts in NYC have been extremely lopsided and far more pronounced here than in the rest of the country. Lower-income communities and workers of color have borne the brunt of dislocation. For the most part, the local and state economic policy response has fallen short in the face of a looming unemployment crisis. Parrott is Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, NYC's Covid-19 Unemployment Crisis: A Monumental Local Economic Policy Failure (online)

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
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Concerts, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Jazz Wednesday

Film | The Little Princess (1939): Drama Based On A Novel


A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, when her father fights in the Second Boer War. Later, when he is presumed dead she is forced to become a servant. 91 min. Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter. Starring Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise. The movie is loosely based on the 1905 novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, The Little Princess (1939):&nbsp;Drama Based On A Novel

Jazz | A Performance By Jazz Quartet


Rocco John Iacovone, alto sax; Jack DeSalvo, guitar; Phil Sirois, acoustic bass; Mark Flynn, drum. A live jazz performance by Rocco John Quartet. Composer, pianist and saxophonist Rocco John played with Karl Berger, Barry Atschul, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Larry Grenadier and Phil Grenadier. Rocco can often be heard in NYC and has recently played at Nu-Blu, Pianos, Arlene’s, Clemente Soto velez, Freddie’s, ABC No Rio, Shape Shifter Lounge, The Downtown Music gallery, Culture fix, Zirzamin, Goodbye Blue Monday and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, A Performance By Jazz Quartet

Lecture | Belle da Costa Greene: Extraordinary Life of a Librarian-Scholar (online)


Daria Rose Foner gives a lecture focused on Belle da Costa Greene (1879-1950), one of the greatest librarian-scholars of the twentieth century. Initially hired as J. Pierpont Morgan's private librarian, Greene became the Morgan Library's inaugural director when it opened as a public research institution in 1924. This talk introduces Greene, tracing her life story from its origins in an upper middle-class African-American community in Washington D.C. to her ascension to the pinnacle of her profession, and explores how the racial barriers of Jim Crow America led Greene, her mother, and her siblings to "pass" as white of Portuguese descent.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Belle da Costa Greene: Extraordinary Life of a Librarian-Scholar (online)

Author Reading | To Make the Wounded Whole: The African-American Struggle Against HIV (online)


In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities. Members of those communities mobilized to fight the epidemic and its consequences from the beginning of the AIDS activist movement. Dan Royles' (Assistant Professor of History, Florida International University) book offers the first history of African American AIDS activism introducing a diverse constellation of activists, including medical professionals, Black gay intellectuals, church pastors, Nation of Islam leaders, recovering drug users, and Black feminists who pursued a wide array of grassroots approaches to slow the epidemic's spread and address its impacts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, To Make the Wounded Whole: The African-American Struggle Against HIV (online)

Discussion | Gender, Sexuality and Democracy in Brazil (online)


In recent years, Brazil has witnessed a growing alliance between reactionary movements and anti-gender offensives. The antagonism to LGBT and feminist policies has become a key element in the repertoire of Brazilian conservatism. Is the appeal to norms of gender and sexuality just a smokescreen to divert attention from the advancement of a neoliberal project or is it a fundamental element in the disputes over Brazilian democracy? To help answer these questions, this event brings together experts from Brazil and the United States to discuss the place of gender and sexuality in recent Brazilian political history. The event is bilingual (English/Portuguese) with simultaneous interpretation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Gender, Sexuality and Democracy in Brazil (online)

Lecture | The Marathi Man: The Decline of the Left and the Emergence of Reactionary Masculinity in Colonial Bombay (online)


The figure of the dreaded “Marathi Manoos” has dominated politics in Bombay for nearly seven decades. The term signifies lumpen and resentful Marathi-speaking men, native to the region, who have failed to benefit from the economic growth of the postcolonial city. They are a terrifying right-wing force in Bombay today, practicing a politics of violence, xenophobia, and misogyny, but how did the Marathi Manoos come to be?  Historians and anthropologists of South Asia have thus far argued that this reactionary figure is a product of postcolonial right-wing politics. Professor Ninad Pandit's talk will take a heterodox approach to show how the Marathi Manoos was, counterintuitively, a product of the city’s progressive working-class movement in the pre-colonial 1930s-40s. Drawing on archival sources ranging from labor statistics and political speeches to popular theater and literature, the talk will argue that the left’s inability to produce a coherent vision for a decolonized India led to a rightward swing in left-anticolonialism, and this figure of a lumpen worker became the standard bearer of an enduring politics of resentment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, The Marathi Man: The Decline of the Left and the Emergence of Reactionary Masculinity in Colonial Bombay (online)

Film | Sins of the Fleshapoids (1966): A Sci-Fi Comedy


The survivors of a nuclear war are taken care of by robots called "fleshapoids." One day one of the fleshapoids runs wild, kills its "mistress," and hides in the home of a human female, for whom it begins to develop feelings. 43 min. Director: Mike Kuchar. Starring Bob Cowan, George Kuchar, Donna Kerness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Sins of the Fleshapoids (1966): A Sci-Fi Comedy

Dance Performance | An Evening Of Indian Dance


Battery Dance collaborate with the Consulate General of India in presenting an evening of performances by diverse Indian dancers curated by Jonathan Hollander, Artistic Director and Founder of Battery Dance. The night will feature four dancers: Durgesh Gangani performing Kathak dance; Kaustavi Sarkar performing Odissi dance; Sri Reshmi Ogoti performing Kuchipudi dance; and Manish Chauhan performing Contemporary Dance. Proof of vaccination is required. Government issued ID required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, An Evening Of Indian Dance

Workshop | Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


Come for fun, leave with prizes. Enjoy 5-6 games of Bingo hosted by Joel Jeske.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Discussion | Ground Zero Master Plans: The Commercial Imperative (online)


Two design competitions determined the direction of the master plan at Ground Zero and the concept and position of the 9/11 memorial, landscape plaza, and museum which ultimately encompassed eight of the sixteen acres of the World Trade Center site. The other eight acres were to be built up with five skyscrapers that would replace the 10 million sq. ft. of office space in the destroyed World Trade Center. These moved forward with the key player, the private investor-developer, Silverstein Properties. But the progress was not simple. The replacement for the collapsed 7 WTC rose quickly, but the other towers stalled. Today, after many revisions in design and repositions of ownership, three of the masterplan buildings are completed, while Tower 2 has stump foundations and an indeterminate future. The problematic site on the southern edge of the memorial plaza for a mixed-use Tower 5 has recently been announced. This program will assess the tensions between the private office development and the economic context, the pace of rebuilding, and the constraints of politics on the city, state, and federal levels.
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Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Ground Zero Master Plans: The Commercial Imperative (online)

Author Reading | Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon (online)


Author Louis L. Picone on the General's final years and the fascinating story of the creation of Grant's Tomb.
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6:30 pm
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Author Readings, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon (online)

Opera | Handel`s Judas Maccabeus And More


Temple Emanu-El welcomes international opera stars Anthony Roth Costanzo and Isabel Leonard to join the renowned Clarion Choir and Orchestra for a suite from Handel's choral-orchestral masterwork Judas Maccabaeus, together with other beloved Handel arias, duets and choruses from Esther, Rodelinda, and Giulio Cesare. The Clarion Orchestra, performing with period instruments, is one of the country's leading Baroque orchestras. The Grammy-nominated Clarion Choir is a vocal ensemble that has toured internationally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Handel`s Judas Maccabeus And More

Poetry Reading | Towering Mind: Poetry (in-person and online)


Nine poets read from their work. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Towering Mind: Poetry (in-person and online)

Jazz | Voice of the Holidays Concert (online)


With a voice as smooth as velvet, this jazz songstress seems to rise with each performance. Following her winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she is currently recording her debut album.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Voice of the Holidays Concert (online)

Book Discussion | The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back (online)


This book shows us what happens when we subscribe to the theory that public power over essential public goods—clean water and air, education, public transportation, the social safety net, and public safety, to name a few—is dangerous. Donald Cohen, founder of In the Public Interest, an organization advocating for public institutions that work for all of us, and author Allen Mikaelian examine the stealthy and stunning failures of privatization and lay out a road map for how to put power over public goods back in the hands of the people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back (online)

Classical Music | Works by Faure, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Prokofiev


The Hunter Symphony Orchestra presents works by Faure, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Prokofiev. This evening's concert will feature assistant conductors Alyssa Regent, and Patrick Murphy. Karin Fukumi will be featured as soloist in Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. David Fulmer, Music Director and Conductor. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Works by Faure, Mozart, Gabrieli, and Prokofiev
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