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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 7, 2021?

26 free events take place on Tuesday, December 7 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 7 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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26 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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

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
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Tours, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc. Every Tuesday. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Adult Zumba

Tour | Christmas in Milan (online, livestream)


During the festive holiday season Milan glitters even more brightly than usual. Join Patrizia to get the Christmas vibe through local tales, recipes and markets. Hear all about the special events going on and browse the ubiquitous stands overflowing with seasonal goodies. The decorations and lights change every year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Christmas in Milan (online, livestream)

Lecture | Barefoot Social Architecture Benefitting People and the Planet (online)


This fall and early winter, Current Work spotlights influential and innovative design practices that bring widely varying perspectives to contemporary housing challenges. Speaker Yasmeen Lari is the cofounder and CEO of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, an organization working to conserve the nation’s historic art and architecture while providing large-scale humanitarian aid to local communities. Since the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, she has refocused her career on traditional materials, technologies, and architectures in a process she describes as “unlearning.” Positing a sustainable, grassroots model for the development of Pakistan’s built environment, she advocates for “barefoot social architecture,” a women-centered, carbon-neutral approach to housing that emphasizes co-creation and the use of sustainable materials like bamboo, lime, and mud. Under Lari’s leadership, the Heritage Foundation has helped build over 40,000 carbon-neutral structures across Pakistan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Barefoot Social Architecture Benefitting People and the Planet (online)

Discussion | Germany and Europe after Merkel (online)


Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure as the German chancellor will end as a result of the recent German Federal elections, and the election of a successor which is expected for early December 2021. Merkel is leaving office as a much-respected political leader but amidst a multitude of challenges and in view of an uncertain future for Germany and Europe. This panel aims to take stock of the Merkel years and to reflect upon her legacy as well as the future ahead. This involves questions about the policy achievements of the four Merkel governments and the extent to which Chancellor Merkel succeeded in leading Germany and Europe forward. This also concerns the future trajectories in German and European politics and the likely continuities and discontinuities in this regard. Panelists will offer introductory comments and thoughts on the issues and then enter into a conversation and a Q & A with the audience. With Christian Martin (University of Kiel), Joyce Marie Mushaben (University of Missouri, St. Louis/Georgetown BMW Center for German and European Studies), Sophie Pornschlegel (European Policy Centre, Brussels), and Robert J. Rohrschneider (University of Kansas). The conversation will be chaired by Stephen Gross (NYU) and Thomas Zittel (NYU/Goethe-University Frankfurt).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Germany and Europe after Merkel (online)

Discussion | Russia in Africa: Soviet Legacies, Current Objectives, Local Responses (online)


In recent years, Russia has stepped up its engagement in Africa, forging military and security agreements as well as business relationships with leaders in several states. What lies behind Russia’s “return” to Africa? During the Cold War, Africa constituted a major site of Soviet geopolitical competition with the U.S. Does this history, as well as the legacy of Soviet antiracism, inform Russia’s current goals and actions on the continent? Panelists will explore this issue, as well as the impact of Russia’s presence on security and humanitarian crises within Africa. What has been the reaction of various local actors to Russia’s presence? Panelists will also discuss the policy response: how should the international community and the West respond to Russian engagement in Africa? Speakers: Maxim Matusevich, Seton Hall University Alexandra Lamarche, Refugees International John Lechner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Moderator: Elise Giuliano, Harriman Institute Associated Faculty and Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Russia in Africa: Soviet Legacies, Current Objectives, Local Responses (online)

Author Reading | A People's Green New Deal: Joining to Fight Climate Change (online)


Within the past few years, the Green New Deal became the common language for Northern progressive climate politics, offering a seeming exit path from Northern and global social and ecological crises. Max Ajl's book considers the contours of a possible global People’s Green New Deal, focusing on the multiple and interlocking elements for a global GND to become a program for North-South developmental convergence. It lays out the planks of a common ecological program which takes seriously auto-centered development and sovereignty in the South and the North, braided with reparations for ecological debt, moves towards substantive decolonization, worldwide energy use convergence, shifts towards sustainable manufacturing and low-energy convivial infrastructures, and widespread investment in and attention to sustainable farming through agroecology and food sovereignty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, A People's Green New Deal: Joining to Fight Climate Change (online)

Discussion | Towards Comprehensive Planning: Preserving Historic and Cultural Resources (online)


This event will look to examples in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City to discuss how comprehensive planning intersects with historic preservation. How can a comprehensive plan outline policies and actions for identifying, protecting, enhancing, and promoting a city’s historic and cultural resources? How can preservation goals complement those of climate adaptation, economic growth, and addressing longstanding disparities between people and places? What is New York’s current planning approach for protecting its historic and cultural resources, and how does that compare to examples in other cities?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Towards Comprehensive Planning: Preserving Historic and Cultural Resources (online)

Author Reading | Beasts of a Little Land: A Novel of Korean Independence (online)


An epic story of love, war, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement, the novel follows the intertwined fates of a young girl sold to a courtesan school and the penniless son of a hunter. From the perfumed chambers of a courtesan school in Pyongyang to the glamorous cafes of a modernizing Seoul and the boreal forests of Manchuria, where battles rage, Juhea Kim’s unforgettable characters forge their own destinies as they wager their nation’s. Immersive and elegant, the book unveils a world where friends become enemies, enemies become saviors, heroes are persecuted, and beasts take many shapes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Beasts of a Little Land: A Novel of Korean Independence (online)

Gallery Talk | Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour


David Lamelas's exhibition brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations to center this aspect of Lamelas’s artistic practice. Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate in scenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred.
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Author Reading | The Architectural Models of Theodore Conrad: Innovative Work (online)


In her new book, historian and curator Teresa Fankhänel offers an alternative history of American modern architecture, highlighting the often-overlooked influence of architectural models and their makers. Fankhänel focuses on the work of Theodore Conrad (1910-1994), the most prominent and prolific American architectural model-maker of the 20th century, whose innovative work was instrumental in the design and realization of many icons of American Modernism, from the Rockefeller Center to Lever House and the Seagram Building. Conrad revolutionized the production of architectural models and became an entrepreneur. Fankhänel's research is based on the recent discovery of his fully-preserved private archive-models, photos, letters, business files, and drawings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, The Architectural Models of Theodore Conrad: Innovative Work (online)

Film | This Is How It Always Is By Laura Frankel (Online)


Reading keeps us connected. Join for a virtual book club! "This is how a family keeps a secret...and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after...until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change...and then change the world. This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes." Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever. "It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think." --Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies "Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected." --Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)
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Films, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, This Is How It Always Is By Laura Frankel (Online)

Conference | A Celebration of the Natural History of the United Arab Emirates (online)


The United Arab Emirates is more than glittering skyscrapers and rolling sand dunes that we commonly see in the media. They young nation is made up of a rich mosaic of habitats and ecosystems that support surprisingly diverse communities of organisms. This symposium brings an overview of the unique environmental setting of the UAE, and surveys the major ecosystems and organisms that occur across our land and seascapes. Using a combination of short 'snap lectures' and discussion panels, the symposium seeks to engage the public in a renewed appreciation for the Emirates' natural history. With John A. Burt, Head of the Marine Biology Lab and Associate Professor of Biology, NYU
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Conferences, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, A Celebration of the Natural History of the United Arab Emirates (online)

Discussion | Fiction Forum (online)


Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), is one of The New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Vogue, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Guggenheim Foundation.
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Performance | Magic Show


Bring the whole family to enjoy a remarkable and funny show with your new favorite magician.
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Author Reading | The New York Subway Map Debate: The Untold Story of a Legendary Moment in Design History (online)


This is a roundtable conversation about the new book from Gary Hustwit which documents a pivotal event in design history: the 1978 debate at The Cooper Union between designer Massimo Vignelli and cartographer John Tauranac over the future of the NYC Subway Map. An audio recording of the event from the upcoming digital Cooper Union archive Voices from the Great Hall has shed light on this legendary confrontation. For over two hours, to the cheers and boos of a raucous audience of designers, transit officials and disgruntled subway riders, Vignelli, Tauranac, and a panel of eight other experts argued. It was abstraction versus realism, simplicity versus complexity. The new book offers a hyper-specific window into the event, encompassing the worlds of graphic design, wayfinding, transit, data visualization and the eternal battle between form and content.
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, The New York Subway Map Debate:&nbsp;The Untold Story of a Legendary Moment in Design History (online)

Author Reading | Jane Jacobs’s First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania (online)


In her classic book, The Life and Death of American Cities, Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”. Through historic newspapers, directories, records and interviews with contemporary Scranton residents, author Glenna Lang reconstructs the origins of one of New York City’s most ardent advocates through her first city; Scranton, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Scranton was a place of diversity and inclusivity, public education was celebrated and those with opposing politics worked together for the public good. For Jacobs, an astute observer, the experience was indelible as a foundation on which all cities should and could thrive.
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Jane Jacobs&rsquo;s First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania (online)

Author Reading | New York, My Village: Uwem Akpan Discusses with Elif Batuman


The award-winning author's debut novel explores tribalism everywhere, from Nigerian villages to New York publishing houses. Coming to New York on a prestigious fellowship, Nigerian editor Ekong Udousoro is about to begin the opportunity of a lifetime: to learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry from its epicenter. His colleagues meet him with kindness and hospitality, but he is soon exposed to a colder, ruthlessly commercial underbelly and a bedrock of white cultural superiority and racist assumptions about Africa, its peoples, and worst of all, its food. In New York, My Village Uwem Akpan melds humor, tenderness, and pain to create a saga of unanticipated strife that proves there is still hope in sharing our stories. Uwem Akpan researched and wrote New York, My Village during his 2013-2014 Fellowship at the Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He discusses his book with best-selling author Elif Batuman.
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Author Reading | Pilot Impostor: Con Men, Identity Politics, and More (online)


On a flight from Cape Verde to Lisbon in early 2017, Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based artist and writer James Hannaham had ideas about unfitness for service and failures of leadership heavy on his mind. Hannaham takes up the complex, contradictory mantle of the Portuguese experimentalist, correlating his work in prose and images to the history of air disasters to investigate con men, identity politics, failures of leadership, the privilege of ineptitude, the slave trade, and the nature of consciousness.
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Pilot Impostor: Con Men, Identity Politics, and More (online)

Book Discussion | Star Trek Actor George Takei Discusses His Book They Called Us Enemy (online)


A conversation with Susan H. Kamei and actor George Takei about their books, When Can We Go Back To America?: Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During WWII and They Called Us Enemy, respectively. They discuss the effects of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Moderating the conversation is author Brandon Shimoda.
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Book Discussions, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Star Trek Actor George Takei Discusses His Book They Called Us Enemy (online)

Author Reading | The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights (online)


The Italian educator and physician Maria Montessori (1870–1952) is best known for the teaching method that bears her name. She was also a lifelong pacifist, although historians tend to consider her writings on this topic as secondary to her pedagogy. In her book, Erica Moretti reframes Montessori's pacifism as the foundation for her educational activism, emphasizing her vision of the classroom as a gateway to reshaping society. Montessori education offers a child-centered learning environment that cultivates students' development as peaceful, curious, and resilient adults opposed to war and invested in societal reform.
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Author Readings, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights&nbsp;(online)
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Concerts, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Christmas Concert
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Concerts, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band
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Comedy Clubs, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Stand-Up Comedy
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Concerts, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Chmaber Music by Messiaen

Workshop | Softening into Ease and Rest: A Peaceful Meditation (online)


Tony Pham will guide a meditation with a restorative intention. This is am offering to soften into ease and rest.  
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Workshops, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Softening into Ease and Rest: A Peaceful Meditation (online)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Play | Broadway Actors In A Thriller

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Concert | 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band

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Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

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Classical Music | Schubert, Debussy and More: Voice and Piano

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