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

All events, things to do on July 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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Escape the bustle of the city with sunrise yoga in the morning light. Mondays at 7:30 am, June 5 - July 31
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Sunrise Abhaya Yoga
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, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Morning Meditation
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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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9:45 am
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheat pasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
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It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility. Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must. A few notes: - Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class. - Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. - All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating. Mondays at 10 am, May 8 - August 14
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance
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Strengthen the whole body through instructor-lead rhythmic movement and aerobic, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Join this fun and vigorous workout to great music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Group Exercise
Book Reading |
Jake Hinkson is the author of several books, including the novels Hell On Church Street, The Posthumous Man, and The Big Ugly, the short story collection The Deepening Shade, and the essay collection The Blind Alley: Exploring Film Noir’s Forgotten Corners. Born in Arkansas and raised in the Ozarks, he currently lives in Chicago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Book Readings, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Jake Hinkson discusses his book The Blind Alley
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
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1:00 pm
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
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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, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Great Organ: Midday Monday
Tour |
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill. Det. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Otto Preminger's Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950): Cop on the Wrong Side
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Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, MS Word 2010 for Beginners
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All ages are welcome. Play a game of chess. Chess boards are given out at the front desk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Who's the King? Chess
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Big City Fishing
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Big City Fishing
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, High Line Tour
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Yo La Tengo Yo La Tengo’s uninterrupted 30-years-and-counting career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms – playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, collaborating with everyone from Homer Simpson to Ray Davies, from Chris Elliott to Yoko Ono. Ultimate Painting Ultimate Painting are lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls. Their first album, the self-titled Ultimate Painting, came out in 2014, followed by their second in 2015,  the unanimously acclaimed Green Lanes. In 2016 came their third record, Dusk, a ten-song set that expands the group’s sound, where it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Alt-Rock: Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting
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Pair a beverage with a new creative skill at weekly craft classes. Supplement your cocktail with a new skill! Join us for free adult craft classes to learn the basics of painting, embroidery, origami, and more! Hosted by CraftJam and Paint and Sip Studio New York. Please arrive by 6pm to receive full instruction. Accommodation of late arrivals (after 6:05pm) is at the discretion of the instructor. Supplies are limited. Alcoholic beverages are for purchase by those 21+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Crafts and Cocktails
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Mah Jongg Socials, led by Linda Fisher, throughout the summer. Basic instruction included.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Mah Jongg Social
Screening |
The Tap Dance Kid (1978) An adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh’s Nobody’s Family is Going to Change, that later went to on to become a Broadway hit. featuring Charles Honi Coles. Rosie Radiator (1981) A short film about a unique San Francisco street artist.\
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Screenings, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Tap Dance Films
Film |
Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee. Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. 113 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy (1997): Comic Book Artists in Love
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture introduces the audience to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its New York and Connecticut coastlines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Patrick Lynch discusses his book A Field Guide to Long Island Sound
Jazz |
The jazz ensemble is comprised of 18 members from the ranks of the Police Band performing jazz and pop standards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Concerts, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, The NYPD Jazz Band
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Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining 30 question trivia quiz. There are questions and categories for all comers, spanning subjects from Music and Movies to New York History, Sports, Literature and others in between. Individuals and teams welcome. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time. Trivia Master Chris Vaccari is a New York-based trivia host with the answers to (almost) all of your questions. He has hosted fun-filled trivia events in the Tri-State area since 2007.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Trivia Night
Book Reading |
Experience two essential female voices while overlooking the iconic New York skyline. Hannah Tinti presents her highly anticipated second novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, and Sarah Gerard offers her newest essay collection Sunshine State. The outdoor event will feature a reading, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Writers Read: Sara Gerard / Hannah Tinti
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Use the pier for your workout. Based on ballet techniques and movements, this class will engage muscles in focused exercises for a complete body workout. Mondays at 7 pm, June 5 – August 7
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Ballet Barre
Film |
Followed by Q&A with Cody Jock of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Josh Fox’s Awake: A Dream For Standing Rock: Documentary on Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline
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Boogaloo-which fuses R&B, doo-wop, and soul with mambo and other Caribbean styles and polyrhythms-is a vibrant sound that originated on the streets of New York in the 1950s and '60s and went on to move hips all around the world. Reflective of the civil-rights struggles happening at the time, these scrappy teenage musicians openly challenged the powers that be and record labels representing buttoned-up Latin artists (who later collaborated to squash the movement). 81 min. Preceded at 7pm by Latin Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban and Latin Soul, Salsa and Fania Records Tribute with DJ Laylo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Mathew Ramirez Warren's We Like It Like That (2015): The Story of Latin Boogaloo
Talk |
Architecture for Health asks: How can an architect help advance health equity?  Across the country, low-income communities of color are in a health crisis. New York’s East Harlem has an average life expectancy of 76. Directly south, residents of the more affluent Upper East Side live to an average of 85. Studies show a surprising correlation: the best predictor of our health is where we live. Exploring the potentials of health-centered interventions in the built environment, Karen Kubey will present work that brings together architects, policy and finance experts, and community leaders to promote greater health equity. Speaker Karen Kubey is an urbanist specializing in housing and health. She was the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture and co-founded both New Housing New York, the city's first design competition for sustainable and affordable housing, and the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter (now Open Architecture/New York).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Architecture for Health
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
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New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Play |
The theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. July 11-15; July 17-22; July 24-29; July 31-August 6; August 8-13.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Enchanting Comedy
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Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie. A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. 126 min. Bring a blanket and sit on the Lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before the start of each film. Lawn opens 5pm, pre-show entertainment presented by WeWork starts at 6pm, film begins at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:15 pm
Free
Films, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987): Oscar for Michael Douglas
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Learn the basics of coding using the languages HTML and CSS to create your own basic webpage using Neocities.org.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Create a Website With HTML and CSS
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Classical Music | Chamber music by Beethoven and more

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