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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 1, 2019?

18 free events take place on February 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 February 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 February . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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Fri, February 1, 2019
18 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 1, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Conference | Finding the Way to Truth: Sources, History, and Impact of the Meditative Tradition


How is the ancient exhortation to “know thyself” related to consolation, virtue, and the study of nature? How did the commitment to self-knowledge shift over the centuries in writings by Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and early modern natural philosophers? How did medieval women contribute to modern notions of self, self-knowledge, and knowledge of nature?  This conference explores the meditative “reflective methodology” from its ancient roots, through medieval Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions to the so-called “new” methodologies of early modern science. Speakers include Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Pierre Force, Clémence Boulouque, Christia Mercer, and Pamela Smith.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Finding the Way to Truth: Sources, History, and Impact of the Meditative Tradition

City Walk | Randall’s Island Walk


Duration: 3 hours. Distance: 5 miles. Circle Randall’s Island, passing Hell Gate, Triboro Bridge (RFK bridge), nature sanctuary, salt marsh, athletic fields and of course several photo ops. Walk over the Ward’s Island pedestrian bridge to begin. End either by walking back to Manhattan via the Triboro Bridge (RFK bridge) or back across the the Ward’s Island at 103rd Street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Randall’s Island Walk

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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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Tours, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Classical Music | Pipes at One Organ Recital: Juilliard performers


Performers from the Juilliard School: Daniel Ficarri, Colin MacKnight, and Alexander Pattavina. Juilliard organist Daniel Ficarri has performed in Lincoln Square’s Winter’s Eve Festival and Juilliard’s ChamberFest to concerts with the Chelsea Opera, the New Choral Society, and the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. His recent performance of John Cage’s Souvenir for organ was listed under the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments" in The New York Times. Organist Colin MacKnight recently joined the staff of the Cathedral of the Incarnation as Associate Organist and Choirmaster. Colin previously served as Assistant Organist at New York's Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue and at Church of the Resurrection. Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Pipes at One Organ Recital:&nbsp;Juilliard performers

Film | Wonder (2017): Oscar nominated drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson


Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. 113 min. Director: Stephen Chbosky. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts.  At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Wonder grossed $132.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $173.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $305.6 million, against a production budget of $20 million. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Wonder (2017): Oscar nominated&nbsp;drama&nbsp;starring&nbsp;Julia Roberts and&nbsp;Owen Wilson

Master Class | Percussion master class


As a principal timpani Percussionist James Ritchie has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Jay has participated in a variety of summer festivals, including a Principal Timpanist appointment with the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Timpani or kettledrums are musical instruments in the percussion family. A type of drum, they consist of a membrane called a head stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Percussion master class

Reading | Queer Milton: A Landmark Collection


This book launch and roundtable celebrates the release of the landmark collection Queer Milton, an overdue intervention in the field of Milton criticism. A glittering assemblage of the volume’s contributors will discuss their essays, with topics ranging over gender and sexuality, ecocriticism, and biopolitics. They will also point to paths not yet taken, to queer Miltons waiting to be explored. Mario DiGangi will situate panelists’ remarks in the larger landscape of queer early modern studies.   Participants: Corey McEleney, Fordham University Erin Murphy, Boston University David Orvis, Appalachian State Melissa E. Sanchez, Penn State Steven Swarbrick, BaruchCollege, CUNY  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Queer Milton: A Landmark Collection

Concert | An Award-Winning Genre-Blurring Singer-Songwriter


Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor, and recording artist. Her work has led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alt-theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art. After forming the critically acclaimed avant-blues duo Hoosegow (Mighty/Homestead) with "guitarrorist" Elliot Sharp, she beat out more than 6,000 hopefuls to land a plumb role in the original cast of the first national tour of the Broadway musical Rent. While on tour, she started her own label and continued to develop her ideas, regardless of genre. Queen Esther recorded and performed with Grammy Award-nominated composer/pianist JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band, recorded and toured internationally with jazz guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer as frontperson for his trio Blues Experience Raw and garnered a publishing deal with Bug Music.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, An Award-Winning Genre-Blurring Singer-Songwriter

Author Reading | Hannah Versus the Tree: A 'Mythopoetic' Thriller


A radical departure from contemporary storytelling, Hannah Versus the Tree enthralls the reader immediately and unfolds as an unerringly beautiful fable of lifelong love and a terrific act of vengeance. It presents nothing less than a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller.   At the center of the story is Hannah, a fiercely intelligent young woman, and heiress to her powerful family’s fortune. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family business scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. Hannah Versus the Tree is a gripping fable for our times which burns brightly on every page. There is sex and drugs, punk rock and anarchism, social media scandal and hacking. Rooted in the ancient, it nevertheless captures the wonder, strangeness, and fear of living in the early 21st century. Although drawing on ancient myths, it is the perfect book for anyone today raging against the regime, impacted by the #metoo movement, and for all those looking for an escape. It is an exquisitely rendered celebration of the art of revenge – in particular against forces which seem too powerful to ever face the consequences of their actions.  Leland de la Durantaye is a critic, translator, and professor. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure and at Harvard for many years and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, Artforum, The Believer, Cabinet, and others. He is also a translator from French and Italian; his translation of the Jacques Jouet novel Upstaged (2011) was a finalist for the PEN Best Translated Book of the Year. Hannah Versus the Tree is his first novel.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Hannah Versus the Tree: A 'Mythopoetic' Thriller

Lecture | The Kardashian Generals: Celebrity and Power in Contemporary Civil-Military Relations


Speaker Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, where he teaches in the Transnational Security concentration. Prior to joining NYU, Ankerson was the Security Advisor for the United Nations system in Thailand (2012-2017). Previously, he held positions at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2010-2012); the UN Offices in Geneva (2007-2010) and Vienna (2006-2007); and with the Department of Safety and Security in New York, where he was Desk Officer for Iraq (2005-2006).
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Lectures, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, The Kardashian Generals: Celebrity and Power in Contemporary Civil-Military Relations

Comedy Club | Get Down Comedy Show


Get Down Comedy is back! They have the hottest NY comics performing on a Friday night. Featuring: Alex Ryu (ESPN) Eli Sairs (Comedy Central's Roast Battle) Quan Wiggins (New York Comedy Festival) Selena Coppock (author of The New Rules for Blondes) Koshin Egal (New York Comedy Festival) and your host, Calvin Cato (Tru TV)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Get Down Comedy Show

Film | Underworld (1927): Oscar-Winning Silent Film


Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. This crime drama helped launch an American obsession with the organized crime-heist movie genre after winning the Oscar for best screenplay at the very first Academy Awards in 1927.  Director: Josef von Sternberg 80 min. Accompanioed by live music with the Alloy Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Underworld (1927): Oscar-Winning Silent Film

Classical Music | A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning


The Juilliard Orchestra; Gil Rose, conductor. Program Betty Olivero Tenuot (WDR commission) Gyorgy Ligeti Lontano (Radio France commission) Michael Tippett Symphony No. 2 (BBC commission) About the Performers The Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard’s largest and most visible performing ensemble, is comprised of all orchestral instrumental majors in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, led by numerous world-renowned guest conductors, including John Adams, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and many others. The Juilliard Orchestra performs regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in opera and dance productions, special events and broadcasts, and national and international tours. Acknowledged for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted 
as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe, and praised for conducting with “admiral command” by The New York Times, Gil Rose is a musician helping to shape the future of classical music. Over the past two decades, Mr. Rose has built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile conductors before the public. His dynamic performances on both the symphonic and operatic stages as well and over 75 recordings have garnered international critical praise.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, An Evening of Standup Comedy

Concert | Women’s Voices: A Celebration of Songs by Female Composers


Soprano Lauren Ishida is delighted to return to perform at her beloved alma mater. Ishida is the vocalist half of Duo Moderne, an ensemble specializing in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is a frequent collaborator with the early music group, Ensemble Leonarda. In collaboration with her husband and duo partner, Noby Ishida, she is currently working on a biography of the Spanish-American composer Julio de Osma. This program features an exciting array of works by women composers and poets from the Middle Ages to the present, and challenges us to think about the many ways in which women use their voices to tell stories about their own lives and experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Women&rsquo;s Voices: A Celebration of Songs by Female Composers
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Theaters, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, A smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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Theater | An amazing evening of intimate magic

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Performance | Emmy winning comedian

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