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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 1, 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! 35 free events take place on May 1 in New York City.
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Tue, May 1, 2018
35 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 1, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.
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A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 am
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, World Tai Chi Day
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
Free
Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, 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
Free
City Walks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Kundalini Yoga
Symposium |
This symposium will feature projects that question official histories, disrupt the power structures embedded in archives, and explore the radical possibility of alternative narratives. Photography Expanded is an annual event that brings together photographers, writers, technologists, students, and other creative thinkers to experiment with new approaches to visual storytelling. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposiums, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Photography Expanded: Counter-Histories
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Designed for students who want to refine and enhance their compositional skills and improve their way of seeing, this introduction to photography course covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. All classes take place in the park. Please bring your camera or iPhone. Open to all. Instructor: Lynn Saville
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Photographic Seeing: The Camera
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Test your coordination and dexterity with juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park
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
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Bach at Noon
Concert |
With students from Indiana University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Organ Concert
Workshop |
Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. This program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Public speaking: an essential skill in today's workplace
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
Free
Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Park Walk |
Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Park Walks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Stroll to Strawberry Fields
Tour |
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, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Harlem Tour
Tour |
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
City Walk |
On this tour, learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center, starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, 911 Memorial and World Trade Center Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to create, edit and share documents online using Google's cloud storage and web app platform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Learn how to use Google Drive/Docs
Opening Reception |
The exhibition features pieces from Piangiamore's 'Ieri Ikebana,' 'La cera di Roma,' 'Belvedere,' and 'Primavera Piangiamore' series, as well as a new site-specific work from the artist's 'Tutto il vento che c'è' (All The Wind That Blows) open-ended project. These works are symbolic of his practice, always maintaining an intimate and poetic dimension that often leaves the state of the final form to chance. Schedule: 5:30pm: Presentation of Piangiamore's monography, published by Nero 6-8pm: Official opening of the exhibition The artist will be present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Marango: Works by Sicilian Artist Alessandro Piangiamore
Workshop |
Test your coordination and dexterity with juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park
Opening Reception |
Featuring: F. Emmanuel Bastien Norman Borden Sandra Carrion and Lois Youmans Neil O. Lawner Joan Lemler Alain Licari Alejandro Perez Marcia Soloff
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, An Other Cuba: Nine Photographic Artists
Opening Reception |
A selection of the artist’s work never before been publicly shown. The exhibition is the first significant presentation to revisit Posen’s breakthrough shaped canvases and related paintings since his debut at New York’s SoHo gallery O.K. Harris, nearly five decades ago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Threads: Paintings from the 1960s and '70s: Works by Stephen Posen
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Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Meditation at the Library
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Get together over a deck of cards and enjoy favorites like Monopoly Deal, Rummy, No Thanks, and more. Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Card Game Social
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One secret to living "happily ever after" is to communicate well and to agree on financial goals and spending priorities.   CPA, CFP and the owner of Playfair Planning Services, Kim Bourne shares techniques to help you and your partner build a financially secure future together. Seatng is on a first come, first seated basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Recently Engaged? Time For the Money Talk!
Talk |
Heather Abel is the author of The Optimistic Decade. She was raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended Swarthmore College and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor for political newspapers. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and elsewhere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Talks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Fiction Forum: Heather Abel
Lecture |
How can we define the elusive quality of "Italian-ness" in music? This discussion group gives voice and vocabulary to our intuitions about Italian music, both instrumental and vocal. You'll listen to music from the sublime Palestrina, pinnacle of the Italian Renaissance; through Monteverdi, Lulli, Cherubini, Puccini, Respighi and more; to John Corigliano and our modern world, naming Italian characteristics and asking whether they stand the test of time. What Makes It Italian is a music listening and discussion group that is open to everyone. Attendance at all meetings, which take place on Tuesdays from April 10 to May 15, is encouraged, as the discussions are cumulative. Led by Gina Crusco, who also guides listening at the Riverdale Y, formerly music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions Opera. Tonight: The eclecticism of Giacomo Puccini
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, What Makes It Italian? Discovering National Character in Music
Book Discussion |
A discussion Kurt Vonnegut's book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Science Fiction Book Dicussion: Cat's Cradle
Talk |
Frederick Luis Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of US Latinx comics as explored in and through pop culture. He explores how Latinx created comics vitally complicate and enrich our understanding of Latinx identity and experience and powerfully add to and actively shape the history of comics. Along the way Aldama presents a dynamic model for understanding Latinx subjects as active transformers of the world we live in today. Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Latinx Comics: Geometric Storytelling, Production, and Consumption
Book Reading |
Mikki Taylor knows beauty and power. The Essence magazine editor-at-large, critically acclaimed author, and president of Mikki Taylor Enterprises shares this wisdom in her latest book. In conversation with broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien, Taylor will divulge tips and secrets for modern women to develop a unique, vibrant style and spiritual wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Mikki Taylor discusses her book Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self
Book Reading |
Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss discuss their book Hey Ladies!
Book Reading |
Author, professor, and former ACLU president Nadine Strossen dispels misunderstandings about "hate speech vs. free speech," showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. Restrictions may apply. Callfor details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Former ACLU president  Nadine Strossen discusses her book Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship
Play |
Insulted by the regent of France, Britain’s King Henry V decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel. But Henry’s charm only distracts the soldiers for so long before the dire stakes of their task calls into question the King’s true motives and direction. Resonating from across the centuries—wherever there may be a kingdom for a stage, and royalty to act—Shakespeare’s drama about invasion, ego and leadership delves into history’s thorniest questions: What makes a person worthy of wearing the crown, and what do they owe the people they lead? Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2)) brings a warring King and his band of brothers to communities all across New York with Mobile Unit’s spring production of Henry V.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Henry V: Shakespeare from the Mobile Unit
7:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Plays, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Modern adaptation of a classic story
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Concert |
A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Frederic Hand was a Fulbright Scholar to England and a student of Julian Bream. His solo performances, both in North and South America and Europe have received the highest critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote: "He played unerringly, with all the verve and spirit that one could ask.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Faculty Recital: Fred Hand, Guitar
Performance |
The performance will feature popular Italian songs and music dedicated to the subjects of work and emigration, as well as readings of literary selections from the 19th and 20th centuries, and from Avanti!, the daily newspaper of the Italian Socialist Party. Performed by members of the Orchestra Popolare Italiana dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma Readings by Alessandro Cremona Iconography by Walter Marossi, Marco Zeppieri, Ugo Intini Texts by Walter Marossi, Luigi Troiani, Ugo Intini Script by Alessandro Cremona, Luigi Troiani Directed by Alessandro Cremona
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Cantiam Maggio: Songs, Images and Readings from International Workers' Day
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Classical Music | Orchestral works by European composers

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Jazz | Jazz gala performance

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Concert | Epic tribute concert to one of the greatest R&B singers

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