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32 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

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free events nyc Lunar New Year Celebration
free events nyc German Legacy of Song: Schumann and Mahler
free events nyc New Voices Playwrights Festival: Ah Sweeter Lyme
free events nyc Seed Bomb Workshop
free events nyc Welcome to Lenapehoking: An Inaugural Event
free events nyc The Chip Shelton PeaceTime Ensemble
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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
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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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9:45 am
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Jeffrey Toobin.  On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst Family fortune, was kidnapped by a group of self-styled revolutionaries. Her family’s efforts to save her and the trial that followed captures a unique time in American history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Book Discussions, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Library Book Group: American Heiress
Concert |
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM  Lena Vidulich, violin 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM  Yufan Li, piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Student Recitals
Workshop |
OMG NYC is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - the ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Origami Group
Park Walk |
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky on a special winter walking tour. This is a 45-minute long tour led by High Line docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather.  Tours are every Saturday until February 24, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, High Line Winter Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Workshop |
Explore what makes a healthy soil in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn about the soil nutrient cycle and the role compost has in rebuilding soils and encouraging plant growth. Then, participants will make their own Native Wildflower Seed Bombs by combining seeds, clay, and locally produced compost into small balls perfect for tossing anywhere that needs an extra burst of flowers. Presented by NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Seed Bomb Workshop
Tour |
A docent-led tour of items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library’s collections, exploring the breadth and significance of this pivotal era. The tour last approximately 45 minutes and covers highlights of the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s: Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Discussion |
If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic pulp magazines, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "new pulp" fiction, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
Film |
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Blake Edwards's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): 2-Time Oscar Winner
Dance Performance |
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance featuring traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and the lion dance. Presented in part with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Lunar New Year Celebration
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Brooklyn Heights 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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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the one of the most active and most famous squares in NYC through discussions about the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped its surroundings. You’ll hear how the square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on the famous sculpture and so much more! The tour takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Crossroads of New York Tour
Film |
Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright. The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Doug Liman's American Made (2017): Iran-Contra Drama
Film |
Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes. An independent young woman arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career instead. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career (1979): Career vs. Marriage
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Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris. A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. 121 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Darren Aronofsky's Mother! (2017): Holy Horror
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In a barely altered reality, parents can be sued for even the tiniest misdeeds of their children. Of course, this gets a tad more complicated when your child is a seal. A play about the complexities of parenthood, love, and growing up. Written by Ken Weitzman Directed by Jessica Holt
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Plays, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Seal Boy: Parental Problems
Classical Music |
Hailed as “excellent” by The New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone, pianist Matthew Odell is one of his generations most thoughtful, versatile, and accomplished chamber artists. He is also frequent researcher in the Library archives! For this recital of German lieder, Odell and his collaborators present songs by the Schumanns, Robert and Clara, plus Mahler songs pulled from the Library’s manuscript collection of Bruno Walter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, German Legacy of Song: Schumann and Mahler
Performance |
Featuring Marjorie Johnson as Sojourner Truth. Written by Cesi Davidson Directed by Mary Hodges  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Performances, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Truth and Justice: A One-Woman Show
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Annabelle Powell has always dreaded Christmas with her parents. Luckily, she has the perfect buffer — her good-natured fiancé, Jack. Regardless, her defenses are no match for what she finds when she arrives at her family home: the unveiling of a conversational A.I. of her brother, Milo, who was killed in an accident six months earlier. An absurd tragedy that explores grief in the modern age. Written by Erica Mann. Directed by India Marie Paul. Featuring Brett Bezad, Shaotian Cai, Rose Dolezal, William Donovan, and Claire McClain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Plays, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Proceed to Highlighted Route
Tour |
A docent-led tour of items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library’s collections, exploring the breadth and significance of this pivotal era. The tour last approximately 45 minutes and covers highlights of the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s: Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Opening Reception |
The New York City neighborhood we call the East Village is part of Lenapehoking, the homeland of the first inhabitants the Lenape. Manhahtaan (the Lenape word for Manhattan) has always buzzed with economic and cultural exchange, breeding rich and diverse traditions of art, performance, and trade. To celebrate this ongoing legacy, pay respect to the original caretakers of this land, and recognize the considerable influence Native American artists have had on American performance and art, the venue is partnering with the Lenape Center—the local organization dedicated to the promotion of Lenape language and culture—for the inauguration of its newly renovated spaces. The opening celebration, led by Indigenous artists and leaders, is the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the local arts community and Lenape people on Lenapehoking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Welcome to Lenapehoking: An Inaugural Event
Classical Music |
Forty-five minute organ meditations celebrating the diverse repertoire of the pipe organ. The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. Takes place every Saturday from Sept. 9, 2017 to May 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Book Reading |
The Biopolitics of Feeling is a landmark new work in feminist and queer studies. It unearths how sentimentalism, often dismissed as a mode of feminized and excessive emotion, actually worked to establish modern power’s hierarchies of race and sex. The book exposes how ideas about the sensory and affective capacities of the body lie at the heart of modern ideas of race and sex difference.
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Kyla Schuller reads from her book The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex and Science in the Nineteenth Century
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Six undergraduates spend a summer in an isolated wilderness, studying the surrounding ecosystem under the tutelage of two graduate teaching assistants. As they learn of the five global mass extinctions that life on Earth has suffered in its history, and the sixth that may be upon us, they get to know each other and themselves. Is one of the students an imposter, a so-called eco-terrorist? Is he a hero or a con man? Written by Tim Mason Directed by Jonathan Bolt
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7:00 pm
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Plays, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, 6: Pondering Extinction
Concert |
With: Thomas Muraco (Piano), Shirley Close (Voice), Peter Winograd (Violin)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Faculty Recital
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Trinidad-American community leader Keami La Croix has made a name for herself in Crown Heights’s West Indie community as the "Black Robin Hood." But when she decides to create a campaign to reform the violence-stricken, yet very popular Brooklyn J’ouvert — the pre-dawn celebration that originated from slaves impersonating their masters’ masquerade balls — she is met by severe resistance from the black community that once loved her. Written by Karina Billini. Directed by Andrés López-Alicea. Featuring Jonathan Crimeni, Moire Kiyingi, Jillian Macklin, Miranda Powers, and Matthew Thomas Scott.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Ah Sweeter Lyme
Classical Music |
Hannah Tarley, Violin  8:30PM Stephanie Block, Viola  8:30PM
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8:30 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, Student Recitals
Jazz |
With incredible talent and perseverance, Chip Shelton has earned an undisputed reputation as one of the most renowned flutists in the world of jazz. The flute, with its high-pitched tone, didn’t start out as a swinging jazz instrument until Frank Wess first popularized it as a member of Count Basie’s Big Band. He set the standard for such noted flutists as Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, Charles Lloyd, and Hubert Laws that further propelled the instrument into the jazz spotlight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
$5
Concerts, February 17, 2018, 02/17/2018, The Chip Shelton PeaceTime Ensemble
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