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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 2, 2022?

31 free events take place on Thursday, June 2 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 June 2 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 June . 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, June 2, 2022

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free events nyc A Conversation with Emmy-Winning Actress Julianna Margulies (online)
free events nyc The African Grove: Locating the Legacy of America's First Black Theater (online)
free events nyc Swing Music and Dancing
free events nyc Lear, Part I: Outdoor Shakespeare Adapted to the Old West
free events nyc Tango on the Water
free events nyc J O B - A Simple Man: An Immigrant's Journey from Russia to New York (in-person and online)
free events nyc Denzel Washington's A Journal for Jordan (2021): Family Drama with Michael B. Jordan
        

Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Juggling in the Park

Discussion | Transgender Experiences in Weimar and Nazi Germany (online)


Before 1933, Germany was a center of LGBT+ community and culture, with several renowned organizations serving and supporting trans and gender non-conforming people. Hitler's Nazi government, however, brutally targeted the trans community, deporting many trans people to concentration camps and wiping out vibrant community structures. As transgender people are now increasingly targets of discriminatory legislation and hate, join the Museum for a program exploring these stories and experiences prior to and during the Holocaust. This panel conversation will feature Dr. Anna Hájková, Associate Professor of Modern European Continental History at the University of Warwick; Dr. Katie Sutton, Associate Professor of German and Gender Studies, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at Australian National University; and Dr. Bodie A. Ashton, a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Universität Erfurt, with moderator Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Director of Social Justice Programming at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Transgender Experiences in Weimar and Nazi Germany (online)

Discussion | A Conversation with Emmy-Winning Actress Julianna Margulies (online)


Julie Salamon sits down with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Julianna Margulies. Currently seen starring as Laura Peterson on Apple TV+'s The Morning Show, Margulies previously starred as Alicia Florrick on CBS' The Good Wife, which she also produced, and is also well known for her role as one of the original cast members of ER. She has starred in the critically acclaimed series Billions and The Hot Zone. Margulies has added author to her list of credits with the recent release of her memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, A Conversation with Emmy-Winning Actress Julianna Margulies (online)

Jazz | Piano in the Park


New York City’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists perform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Piano in the Park

Gallery Talk | Multitudes: Exhibition Tour (online)


From extraordinary early American portraits and dazzlingly complex quilts to playful whimsy bottles, delicately hand-tinted photographs, and fragments of rare twentieth-century art environments, this is an exhibition that celebrates six decades of collecting at the American Folk Art Museum across four centuries of folk and self-taught art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Multitudes: Exhibition Tour (online)

Discussion | Artists in Discussion: Black Atlantic (online)


Artists Leilah Babirye, Hugh Hayden, Dozie Kanu, and Kiyan Williams for a virtual conversation about their new works for Black Atlantic with adjunct curator Daniel S. Palmer. Their commissions, wide-ranging both materially and conceptually, create an exchange of ideas that proposes an open, multifaceted, and heterogeneous idea of identity in the United States today. Black Atlantic is an exhibition inspired by the diaspora across the ocean that connects Africa with the Americas and Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Artists in Discussion: Black Atlantic (online)

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Performance | Pride at the Park


An intergenerational storytelling show about the neighborhood, its history, and the people of Chelsea and the surrounding area. The event will feature storytellers from the Edie Windsor SAGE Center and Greenwich House, and will celebrate place and pride and the many decades of LGBTQ+ history that are so interwoven around the park. The fabulous drag queen Castrata will perform and act as emcee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Pride at the Park

Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Spring Birding Tour

Book Discussion | Into the Wild: A Photographic Celebration of Surf Life


The second monograph by New York– and Paris-based photographer Matthew Brookes, Into the Wild is a vibrant celebration of surf life. For this project, Brookes followed a group of young surfers from Venice Beach on their adventures up and down the coast. The result is a story of van culture along the California coast—a story of youth choosing to follow their dreams, living out of vans, existing for surf and travel and freedom, and always chasing the best waves. The documentary-style photographs are typical of Brookes’ work, with ethereal shots punctuating more naturalistic photos. The book includes interviews with the surfers done by Zack Raffin from the major surf magazine Stab. Raffin is a young surfer himself and grew up surrounded by van culture, positioning him as an insider voice as much as a journalist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Into the Wild: A Photographic Celebration of Surf Life

Play | Lear, Part I: Outdoor Shakespeare Adapted to the Old West


California, 1879. The Frontier lies open with the promise of power, wealth, and glory... for some. For others there is only defeat and ruin. Written in the midst of a deadly plague, Lear is a tragedy about family, loyalty, and the choices people make to break free from their restraints. No ghosts, no angry gods, no magic, and no witches. Only the unforgiving skies, the cruelty of the ordinary world, and the human heart's capacity for love and hate, darkness and light. Presented in two parts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Plays, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Lear, Part I: Outdoor Shakespeare Adapted to the Old West

Opening Reception | Misha Kahn: Style Without Substance


Misha Kahn sets out to “look into the essence of a material and help to style its ‘thingness’ to be apparent to humans.” Rather than using an object to tell a story or express himself, Kahn seeks to tap into the independent spirit of matter, process, and form. Set off by a psychedelic vision and followed by a two-year quest, Kahn’s exhibition explores making the invisible visible. Aside from semiotics and ascribed meanings, Kahn theorizes that objects and materials have energy, and that if one devises the right circumstances, it can be experienced.  Unique cast aluminum and glass tondos which Kahn calls “portals” set the tone for the show. Clad in multi-color stretch velvet, a sofa and its accompanying oversized chair Bucatini Shortage of 2021 cheekily acknowledge an expanded take on the two-year interim since Kahn’s last major show. Windswept, a round dining table rendered in seemingly malleable stainless-steel inset with colored glass gems, is a prime example of the fluidity between technology and handcraft that defines Kahn’s practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Misha Kahn: Style Without Substance

Opening Reception | Nancy Shaver: New work, floor and table models, (on the floor)


A solo exhibition of multi-media assemblage works by Nancy Shaver. Shaver’s installation, a 3-dimensional patchwork mural taking place mostly on to the floor of the gallery, utilizes her signature visual vocabulary of blockers, boxes, spacers, and sentinels juxtaposed with an array of new formal ideas and unexpected combinations of found materials.   
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Opening Receptions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Nancy Shaver: New work, floor and table models, (on the floor)

Book Signing | SCUMB Manifesto: A Collection of Collages


This book introduces photographer Justine Kurland’s own uncompromising initiative: the Society for Cutting Up Men’s Books. This volume presents a collection of collages Kurland created by cutting up and reconfiguring photobooks by male artists, as she went through the process of purging her own library of roughly 150 books by straight white men that have monopolized the photographic canon. The nature of collage — heterogeneous, pulled apart, shape shifting, disrupted, cyborg, fantasy — has long made it a feminist strategy in life and in art. Kurland's ritual is restorative and loving: each work is a reclamation of history; a dismemberment of the patriarchy; a gender inversion of the usual terms of possession; and a modest attempt at offsetting a life of income disparity.
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Book Signings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, SCUMB Manifesto: A Collection of Collages

Dance Lesson | Midtown Dance


Enjoy an outdoor dance class. Participants will learn a new dance style from New York City’s most eclectic instructors. Midtown Dance is hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo. This week: Latin Fusion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Midtown Dance

Dancing | Swing Music and Dancing


Following a dance lesson from Bessie Award-winning LaTasha Barnes, trumpeter/bandleader Danny Jonokuchi and his band, The Revisionists will be conjuring up Savoy Ballroom vibes. See for yourself why they are described as one of the premiere dance bands on the scene. Also, HellaBlack Lindy Hop will be on hand showcasing Lindy Hop throughout the night. Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm Dance lesson at 6:30 pm Live music at 7:30 pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Dancings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Swing Music and Dancing

Discussion | The African Grove: Locating the Legacy of America's First Black Theater (online)


Theatre scholars Harvey Young and Michael Dinwiddie and NY Times critic-at-large Maya Phillips speak about The African Grove Theater, likely the first Black Theater in the US founded in 1821. In 1821, William Alexander Brown formed what is believed to be the first Black theatre company in the United States. The African Grove Theater gained popularity with a diverse audience by presenting the works of Shakespeare, including productions of Richard III and King Lear, along with more contemporary plays, including one of Brown's own original works. Despite this popularity, opposition to the company meant that it was frequently forced to change both its name and location, moving from Brown's backyard to various spaces in lower Manhattan, before disappearing entirely in 1823.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, The African Grove: Locating the Legacy of America's First Black Theater (online)

Gallery Talk | Visual Artist Maud Cotter Talks about her Exhibition that Questions the Nature of Form and Physical Reality


Inspired by “Pied Beauty,” a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins celebrating the diverse and disparate nature of existence, visual artist Maud Cotter’s solo exhibition "a consequence of ~" questions the nature of form and physical reality. Concepts are liquid; finding form and cohesion through making, calling into question the very nature of physical reality and the place of human will within such a mercurial mix. Bringing together works developed from 2015 onward, Cotter offers transcendent visions of the materials she uses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Visual Artist&nbsp;Maud Cotter Talks about her&nbsp;Exhibition that Questions the Nature of Form and Physical Reality

Dancing | Everybody Tango!


Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air with Strictly Tango NYC. Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons.
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Dancings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Everybody Tango!

Dancing | Tango on the Water


Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air. Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons. Thursdays, June 2-July 28, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Dancings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Tango on the Water

Workshop | Yoga on the River


From guided meditation and refreshing yoga to high-intensity workouts and weekly run clubs, there’s something for all skill levels to enjoy this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | J O B - A Simple Man: An Immigrant's Journey from Russia to New York (in-person and online)


In an intense and musical dramatization, J O B - A Simple Man tells the story of an emigrant's journey from the old world-a little village in Russia-to the new world in New York. Mendel Singer, much like Job in the Hebrew Bible, loses everything. He despairs and curses, but ultimately experiences a miracle. Adapted by Karen-Maria Bille from Joseph Roth's 1930 novel of the same name, this powerful production stars award-winning Danish actor Ina-Miriam Rosenbaum in every role. Rosenbaum is directed by Rolf Heim and joined onstage by principal oboist of the Danish Royal Orchestra Henrik Goldshmidt and Indian-Danish accordion virtuoso Anders Singh Vesterdahl. As audiences follow Mendel Singer from joy to deep despair, and through to hope and comfort, the performance's offbeat music lifts the story of one person into a universally relatable tale about the experience of being a refugee and the challenges of encountering a new world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Musicals, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, J O B - A Simple Man: An Immigrant's Journey from Russia to New York (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Shmutz: Sexual Identity in Orthodox Communities (online)


Felicia Berliner, author of this debut novel, in conversation with author and activist Abby Stein. This conversation will include a discussion about sexual identity and discovery within Orthodox communities as well as the process of writing as both an insider and outsider.
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Book Discussions, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Shmutz: Sexual Identity in Orthodox Communities (online)

Concert | Modular, Machine, Music: A Collaborative Performance


A collaborative performance by UK-based musician Nick Monk and New York-based musicians Rose Kallal and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, AKA Lichens. Kallal, a multidisciplinary artist, is known for her use of celluloid film loops and modular synths, and Lowe, a musician and composer, produced the score for the 2021 film Candyman. In this presentation, Kallal and Lowe will create a sonic landscape that responds to the music produced by Nick Monk’s sound generating instrument “The Machine.” Taking place amid The Ferryman, William Monk’s inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery, this immersive performance will also incorporate video projections that engage with the psychedelic paintings on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Modular, Machine, Music: A Collaborative Performance

Concert | A Program of Recent Music (in-person and online)


Program: Felipe Lara, Ventos Uivantes (2014) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello Septian Dwi Cahyo, Commuter Line II (2018) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano Amadeus Regucera, And now, removed from air, I simulate the Breath so well (2021) for bassoon, cello, and percussion Wang Lu, Between Air (2018) for clarinet and string quartet Sarah Hennies, Lake (2018) for violin, piano, and percussion inti figgis-vizueta, Form the Fabric (2020) for flute, bassoon, violin, viola, piano, and percussion Talea Ensemble returns to the stage for a program recent music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, A Program of Recent Music (in-person and online)

Reading | An Evening with the 2022 One Story Literary Debutantes (online)


One Story’s annual Literary Debutante Ball is a send-up of the debutante balls of old: instead of featuring young society ladies, it honors One Story authors who have published their first books in the past year. Featuring emerging authors Omer Friedlander, Michelle Hart, Gwen E. Kirby, Lydia Conklin, Kate Folk, Aamina Ahmad, and Arinze Ifeakandu.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, An Evening with the 2022 One Story Literary Debutantes (online)

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you’ll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Bomb Shelter Comedy Show

Movie in a Park | Denzel Washington's A Journal for Jordan (2021): Family Drama with Michael B. Jordan


1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, before he is killed in action in Baghdad, authors a journal for his son intended to tell him how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father. Director: Denzel Washington Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Chante Adams, Jalon Christian 131 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, June 02, 2022, 06/02/2022, Denzel Washington's A Journal for Jordan (2021): Family Drama with Michael B. Jordan
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