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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 17, 2018?

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 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! 29 free events take place on January 17 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out January 17 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 January . 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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29 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on January 17, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc Wynton Marsalis, Grammy- and Pulitzer-Winning Jazz Legend
free events nyc Kazakhstan Astana Ballet Gala
free events nyc The Eye of the Beholder: Decade-Defining Lids, Lashes & Brows: Historical Beauty Products
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City Walk |


This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

Park Walk |


Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Park Walks, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Central Park Tour - Lower Section

Film |


Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young. An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:15 am
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Films, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Orson Welles's The Stranger (1946): Nazi in Connecticut

Classical Music |


The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Bach at Noon

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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1:00 pm
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Tours, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Tour |


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Workshop |


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop |


This class introduces savings and budget concepts: Review banks and banking products, including debit and credit cards, and how to reduce indebtedness. The class also introduces investment principles. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Life Skills: Budgeting, Credit, & Debt

Workshop |


This class clarifies the differences between mutual funds and ETFs. They explain concepts such as net asset value and capital gains distributions, and demonstrate how to read a mutual fund statement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Mutual Funds & ETFs

Workshop |


Paper folding fun for ages 7 and older.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Origami Club

Opening Reception |


An exhibition of historical and contemporary beauty products surveys the American products, advertisements, and icons that have contributed to cosmetic lid, lash, and brow trends from the 1900s to the present day. Arguably the most distinctive feature of the face, eyes have the power to dramatically transform one’s outward appearance, while also uniquely conveying inner character. Highly expressive, they serve as nonverbal communicators of emotions ranging from sympathy and envy to fear and flirtation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, The Eye of the Beholder: Decade-Defining Lids, Lashes & Brows: Historical Beauty Products

Book Discussion |


Discuss the book by Ben H. Winters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Harlem Heights Book Group: Underground Airlines

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Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Library Book Discussion: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Opening Reception |


An exhibition of new and never-before-seen works by Tina Barney. This is the artist’s first New York solo exhibition in the past three years, and her second at the gallery, following major recent exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien in 2017 and the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2015. In September 2017 Rizzoli USA published Tina Barney, a comprehensive monograph spanning her four-decade international career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Landscapes: Prints by Tina Barney

Opening Reception |


Featuring work by: Felicity Hammond Lawrence Lek (pictured) Laura Yuile
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Rendered Cities: A Group Show

Author Reading |


Author Daniel Raimi of the University of Michigan gives a balanced and accessible view of oil and gas development, explaining the key issues surrounding the shale revolution.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Daniel Raimi discusses his book The Fracking Debate

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From the late 17th through the late 19th century, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly. What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman traces the invention of nostalgia as a medical diagnosis in Basel, Switzerland, its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, its subsequent transformation from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, and its shift in meaning in the colonies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Thomas Dodman discusses his book What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion
6:00 pm
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Workshops, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, The Power of You: Where You Have Given Up Your Power in the Marketplace and How to Recover it

Talk |


Wynton Marsalis, the internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, educator, and leading advocate of American culture, will be speaking. Marsalis has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. His music consistently incorporates the blues, all forms of jazz from New Orleans to modern, swing as the primary rhythm, the American popular song, individual and collective improvisation, and a panoramic vision of compositional styles from ditties to dynamic call-and-response patterns. In 1983, he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records; and he repeated the distinction in 1984. In 1997, he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Blood on the Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Talks, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Wynton Marsalis, Grammy- and Pulitzer-Winning Jazz Legend

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Wakin's book tells the fascinating history of seven Beaux Art townhouses on Riverside Drive between 105th and 106th Streets--an "only if the walls could talk" kind of tale. Residents of the homes were among the most famous New Yorkers of their time: Marian Davies; Duke Ellington; the Fabers of pencil factory fame; Lucretia Davis, heir to the baking powder fortune; two mayors; lots of gangsters and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Daniel J. Wakin talks about his new book The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block

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The renowned historian asks: From the Freemasons to Facebook, how have networks been true sources of power and drivers of change throughout history? Most history is hierarchical: it’s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It’s about states, armies, and corporations. But what if that’s simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that have had as much of a hand in shaping history as anything else? The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks, but Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Ferguson will speak with Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of The Financial Times.
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Niall Ferguson discusses his book The Square and the Tower

Gallery Talk |


Amara Antilla, Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, joins Cecilia Vicuña to discuss the aesthetics and politics of disappearance and surrender. They will also discuss her New York street performances and actions from the 1980s and 90s and her work in the 1970s in relation to the Chilean coup and international liberation movements, and how we might apply these strategies today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Artist Talk: Cecilia Vicuña

Dance Performance |


The Astana Ballet Theater is one of the leading performance companies of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The primary aim of the theater is to develop the art of Kazakh ballet and create national works that include bold ideas and new forms. The theater has its own original artistic signature and unique repertoire. The Astana Ballet Theater tours actively in Kazakhstan and abroad, where it has visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Paris, Vienna, Seoul, Budapest, Baku, Minsk, New York, Tokyo, Warsaw and Brussels. The Astana Ballet repertoire includes classic international and national masterpieces, as well as original choreographic compositions by renowned choreographers. Collaborating with choreographers and teachers from different countries has enabled the dancers to acquire a rich vocabulary of modern choreography, and therefore the language of the company is accessible and understandable to audiences throughout the world. The program includes three primary works; Heritage of the Great Steppe includes miniature scenes and moments taken from national ballets rich in culture and color. Love Fear Loss, a ballet set to the songs of Edith Piaf (choreographed by Ricardo Amarante) and inspired by the remarkable life story of the singer is a dance about emotional attachment moved by hymns of love that took the world by storm. A Fuego Lento tells the story of nascent feelings of emotional heat, burning emotions and the force of first love. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Kazakhstan Astana Ballet Gala

Talk |


No writer has written more enthusiastically about food than A. J. Liebling. Bon Vivant! (Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris) the great New Yorker writer’s last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in French cuisine during 1926 and 1927, when American expatriates like Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein made café life the stuff of legends. Join New Yorker staff critic Adam Gopnik as he discusses Liebling’s landmark memoir and recounts its influence on his own work, on the occasion of its first publication in French with La Table Ronde publisher.
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Talks, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik discusses A.J. Liebling's Bon Vivant!

Author Reading |


The ketogenic diet, a low-carb, high-fat way of eating, is remarkably effective at transforming people’s lives, helping them shed pounds and find relief from common health conditions. No one knows this better than Suzanne Ryan. In her quest to overcome her lifelong struggle with her weight, she stumbled upon the ketogenic diet and decided to give it a shot. In just one year, she lost more than 100 pounds and reclaimed control over her health and well-being.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Suzanne Ryan discusses her book Simply Keto

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A gushing homage to each worker who has feared arrest, and a confrontation to an undiscerning view of migration and whiteness, this hybrid poetry/fiction collection works to lengthen sonic intimacies between unprotected workers by snaking such dialogues or scenarios next to one another as one resonating force. In a political time when people are bracing themselves each time they turn on the news, Sharing Plastic, alongside other voices which only know flux, suggests honoring those who have long known how to navigate the temporary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Blake Nemec discusses his book Sharing Plastic

Book Signing |


Friends and collaborators Krista Suh and MILCK present an evening of music, candid conversation, and tips on getting creative, speaking up, and changing the world. Suh, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project and creator of the iconic pink cat-eared hat that became a symbol of the 2017 Women’s March, has just released a new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World. MILCK, recording artist and songwriter behind “Quiet,” will perform songs from her new album This Is Not the End, and will join Suh for a look back at their journeys. On the anniversary of the march, Suh and MILCK hope to inspire women to live their best lives by making change and supporting one other.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Krista Suh discusses her book DIY Rules for a WTF World

Book Discussion |


This month's title being discussed is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Read the book and come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group

Concert |


8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Bin Gui, violin 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Hyo Jin Gwak, piano 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Zagisha Kamil, violin
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Concerts, January 17, 2018, 01/17/2018, Student Recitals
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