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

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Green Day has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards. In 2010, Green Day was ranked no. 91 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Green Day, Grammy Award-Winning Pop-Punkers
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Mary J. Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. Starting her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?, in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Mary J. Blige, R&B Chanteuse
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Visit for a daylong Raga Marathon—free performances celebrating the vibrant sounds of South Asia as part of the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, the annual festival that explores  virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality! 8:00 AM Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee - Bhattacharya, one of the world’s preeminent slide guitarists, performs a morning raga with Chatterjee on tabla. NOON Anupam Shobhakar - Anupam Shobhakar performs a noon raga with a sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries. 5:00 PM Gyan Riley, Krishna Bhatt, & Dan Weiss - Guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and jazz drummer Dan Weiss join forces for an early evening performance.   7:00 PM Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee - Bhattacharya and Chatterjee return in the evening with more melodious sounds. 8:30 PM A Throw of Dice with New Score by Rez Abbasi - Silent cinema returns with a screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score performed by guitarist Rez Abbasi’s trio. Based on a story found within the Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata, and filmed on location in Rajasthan, the movie stars Seeta Devi as the ravishing beauty Sunita. The composer Nitin Sawhney describes A Throw of Dice as a cross between Cecil B. DeMille, Chaplin, and early Bollywood.  10:30 PM DJ Rekha and Special Guests (to be announced!)  - DJ Rekha and special guests spin an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop until midnight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 am
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, The New York Guitar Festival: A Daylong Raga Marathon
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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.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, 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.
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City Walks, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Manhattan 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.
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City Walks, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Central Park All-in-One Tour
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fairs, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Street Fair
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Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends! All players welcome!
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Bridge Club
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A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip-Hop and more. Enthusiastic Instruction creates fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends.
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Zumba Gold Workshop
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Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Juggling in the Park
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Bach at Noon
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 explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate. This tour takes place every Friday.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
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City Walks, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
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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.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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An in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. Takes place daily.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Workshop |
Beginner lessons with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided. Must be 16 or older to participate.
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Fencing Lessons for Beginners
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.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, 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.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Harlem 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.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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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. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Film |
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. 116 min.
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Films, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Denis Villeneuve's Oscar Winner Arrival (2016): Alien Language Mystery
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Special guest Tim Minchin joins Andy Karl and cast members from Broadway's Groundhog Day: The Musical for a special live performance followed by signing of the Groundhog Day Original Broadway Cast Recording CD. This is a wristbanded event. CAll store for details.
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Performances, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Andy Karl signs copies of the CD Groundhog Day: The Musical
Festival |
Every Friday on the lawn, the park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, lawn games, entertainment, and food vendors from the Hester Street Fair, with wine and beer also for purchase from ARK Restaurants. Each week, the park will bring to the picnic a theater, music, or dance production.   Every Friday from May 12 to September 1, 2017.                         Bryant Park Lawn in Bryant Park  Manhattan Directions to this location    Cost Free   Event Organizer Bryant Park Corp. Related Links Bryant Park Website Categories Accessible, Concerts, Dance, Art, Festivals, Games, Theater, Free Summer Concerts, Free Summer Theater, Food Additional Media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Festivals, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Friday Picnics in the Park
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Join the ART walk, as artists around TriBeCa open their studio doors to the public.  Experience a behind-the-scenes look at artists and their workspaces. Since 1995, some of Manhattan’s finest artists have opened their work spaces to the public to take a free, self-guided tour. TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour attendees are able to visit the artists, view their work and buy art directly from the source. This is a rare insight into the inner working of the artist studio. TOAST is a celebration of the creative community of TriBeCa.
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Festivals, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, T.O.A.S.T: Tribeca Open Studios Art Walk
Discussion |
The annual commemoration of the birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) will explore his legacy as it directly reflects the state of Black America today. 
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Discussions, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Annual Commemoration of the Birth of Malcolm X
Concert |
Matisyahu is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician.
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Matisyahu performs from his CD Undercurrent
Workshop |
Learn a new strategy game and discuss tactics at socials focused on tactical games like King of Tokyo, Shadows over Camelot, Forbidden Island, Alhambra, and more. Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable Park Prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Strategy Game Social
Dance Performance |
Join various local companies for dance performances and lessons of different movement styles. Harlem Dances events take place on the third Friday of each month from May through August. Today: NYC Bhangra  - expresses the joy, passion, and energy of life.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Dance Performances, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Harlem Dances: NYC Bhangra
Film |
A young German tourist tries to help an African refugee and his son get to the Spanish mainland. 95 min.   In German with English subtitles.
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Films, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, German Cinema: Maggie Peren's Color of the Ocean (2011)
Lecture |
A lecture by Richard DiNardo of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
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Lectures, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Operation Beowulf, October 1941
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The Bloomingdale School of Music's upcoming community concert features music from the United States, France, Japan and Russia performed by member's of the school's gifted faculty as well as invited guest artists.
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Musical Landscapes of the 20th Century, Music from the U.S., France, Japan and Russia
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Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing.
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Workshops, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Sunset Singing Circle
Play |
Shakespeare's first sitcom, featuring the classic misadventures of Falstaff and two neighborhood wives, set in an Upper West Side Co-op. Produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Shakespeare Outdoors: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Comedy Club |
Featuring: Maria Shehata (Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”) Illusionist Lee Aan Barrett and a few surprises
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Comedy Clubs, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
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The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
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Tours, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
Concert |
Trombonist, flutist, and bandleader Joe de Jesus brings his new band for a solid, sabor-packed night rooted in Cuban dance traditions by way of New York City. Opening set by DJ Busquelo
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Cuban Sounds: Charansalsa
Classical Music |
Program: J.S. Bach: Selections from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004 J.S. Bach: Selected chorales Josquin des Prez: Absolon fili mi Pierre de la Rue: O salutaris hostia Pierre de la Rue: Selections from Missa Pourquoy non Adrian Willaert: Pater noster The lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Martin Luther are more intertwined than many realize. New York Polyphony illuminates the connections between the timeless composer and the legendary theologian, who both called the German region of Thuringia home. Performers: New York Polyphony : Rahel Maria Rilling, violin Silvius von Kessel, organ
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Illuminating Bach and Luther’s German Roots: A Concert by New York Polyphony
Comedy Club |
Come see NYC’s top comedy talent perform and work out material. They regularly feature performers who been seen on TV (MTV, Late Night, Comedy Central, etc.) and have been passed at NYC’s top comedy clubs. Not only is the show free, but at the end of the night, all remaining attendees get a free slice of pizza.
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Comedy Clubs, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, ComedyBnB Show
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