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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 21, 2019?

30 free events take place on Tuesday, May 21 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 May 21 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 May . 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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Tue, May 21, 2019
30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7-August 27, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Tai Chi in the Park

Birdwatching | Spring Migration Bird Walk


A bird walk with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Last spring's walks included sightings of a Blue Grosbeak, a Summer Tanager, and 21 other bird species. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Spring Migration Bird Walk

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Introduction To Conversational Sign Language


Sessions are structured for hearing adults. Interested participants are encouraged to register for, and attend all sessions. American Sign Language is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Introduction To Conversational Sign Language

Workshop | Resume Help


Applying for a job? Update your resume, or even start from scratch. Learn how to craft a resume that will help you land that interview.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Resume Help

Film | If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): Oscar Winning Drama Based On A Novel


A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. 119 min. Director: Barry Jenkins. Starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King.  If Beale Street Could Talk is based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, including Best Supporting Actress wins for King at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama and Best Screenplay at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): Oscar Winning Drama Based On A Novel

Film | Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The Magical Nanny


Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. 130 min. Director: Rob Marshall. Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw.  Mary Poppins Returns received four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design at the 91st Academy Awards. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2018. It is based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The Magical Nanny

Jazz | Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen


The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen

Workshop | Spring in Your Step Power Walk


Celebrate the change of seasons with a midday power walk routine followed by meditation and therapeutic exercises. Relieve stress, increase your energy level and reset the mind. Get active and fit in 2019!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Spring in Your Step Power Walk

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Public Speaking


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. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, this program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided. Public speaking (also called oratory or oration) is the process or act of performing a good speech to a live audience. This type of speech is deliberately structured with three general purposes: to inform, to persuade and to entertain. Public speaking is seen traditionally as part of the art of persuasion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Public Speaking

Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

Party | Traditional English Afternoon Tea


English-style tea, black tea, Pally's rich tea biscuit will be served. “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”- Henry James Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:15 pm
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Partys, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Traditional English Afternoon Tea

Workshop | Domino Club


Have fun playing dominoes!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Domino Club

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Weekly Game Nights are the perfect place to learn a new game, challenge yourself with new opponents, swap strategies, and meet like-minded people. Mondays through Fridays, May 1-August 31, 2019 Mondays: Mah Jongg (starts May 20) Tuesdays: Word Game Night Wednesdays: Catan Game Night Thursdays: Mah Jongg (3pm-5pm, starts May 23); Beginner Chess Fridays: Learn a New Game Night
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Workshop | Photography Class: Smartphone Video Production Workshop


Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera! Create a short video montage of the happenings around the park in this hands-on mini workshop, in which they cover the basics of shooting, editing, and uploading video from a smartphone. Participants must supply their own smartphone with a video-editing app installed. About the instructor: Stefanie Dworkin is a Brooklyn-based video editor, filmmaker, photographer, and educator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Photography Class: Smartphone Video Production Workshop

Workshop | Writing Circle


This writing circle is an exploration in creativity. It is informal in style and structure: there is no experience necessary. It is based on writing and talking about what is written.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Writing Circle

Workshop | Bodyroll Workout


Bodyroll is a 90s-inspired dance aerobics class designed to tone, strengthen, and train your body with slammin’ moves and bangin’ grooves that will getchu looking (and feeling) suppa duppa fly! Every Tuesday through May 28, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Bodyroll Workout

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Every Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Discussion | Past And Future Of The Queer Press


From the Stonewall era to the age of the podcast, activists and journalists speak about the the legacy of the queer press across the decades. Founded as an activist organization that built on the momentum surrounding the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Front organized marches on Timemagazine and The Village Voice, and published its own newspaper, Come Out!, the first gay liberation newspaper in the world. Come Out! provided openly queer media exposure for many activists, writers, and artists who would later take on national prominence, including Rita Mae Brown, Dennis Altman, Sylvia Rivera, Diana Davies, and many more. In conjunction with the exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, founding members of the Gay Liberation Front, Perry Brass and Karla Jay, speak with Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, co-hosts of WNYC Studios’ podcast Nancy, about the rise of the queer press in the 1960s and 70s, and the lasting impact of its legacy. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Past And Future Of The Queer Press

Talk | Wilderstein Historic Site: Crown Jewel of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District


The Wilderstein Historic Site is one of the Hudson Valley’s great country seats. John Winthrop Aldrich, a Livingston descendant and member of the tenth generation of his family to occupy their ancestral country estate, Rokeby, shares his account of the estate owners, the Suckley family; Wilderstein’s remarkable architecture and the story of how the estate was saved. He also relates first-hand information about his cousin, Daisy Suckey, Wilderstein’s last resident. *
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Wilderstein Historic Site: Crown Jewel of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District

Author Reading | 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley Discusses His Book Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times


An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history. Don't ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what's the meaning of you? With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley Discusses His Book Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

Author Reading | Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague


A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress. For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin—a sign of bubonic plague. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown while doctors examined Wong’s tissue for telltale bacteria. If the devastating disease was not contained, San Francisco would become the American epicenter of an outbreak that had already claimed ten million lives worldwide. With David K. Randall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

Author Reading | How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir: New from Actress Kate Mulgrew


In this profoundly honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, the star of Orange Is the New Black and bestselling author of Born with Teeth takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter’s love for her parents. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir: New from Actress Kate Mulgrew

Author Reading | Filmmaker John Waters discusses his book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder


Studded with cameos of Waters’s stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters’s personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’s most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book—another instant Waters classic. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Author Readings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Filmmaker John Waters discusses his book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

Workshop | Introduction to Meditation


This is an introductory meditation classes were featured in New York Magazine’s top picks (4 stars). Each session is intended to stand alone, attendence at previous sessions is not required. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Introduction to Meditation

Poetry Reading | Poetry with Indolent Books


Hear established and emerging poets read their poems outdoors under the park's London Plane trees. Featuring the poets: Robert Carr Kimberly A. Collins Sarah Sarai Don Yorty
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Poetry with Indolent Books

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Take a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. Every Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Stargazing in the City

Concert | The Very Young Composers of New York


For 25 years, the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program has been nurturing children’s inherent creativity, resulting in hundreds of original compositions performed by Philharmonic musicians. Hear three works by 10- to 14-year-old composers followed by a panel discussion of artists reflecting on the program’s impact on the composers and audiences alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, The Very Young Composers of New York

Play | Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romatic Retribution and Miscommunication


Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American Son, A Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication. In this modern production, find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 21, 2019, 05/21/2019, Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romatic Retribution and Miscommunication
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Concert | Chamber Music And Wine

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