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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 24, 2019?

31 free events take place on Friday, May 24 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 24 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, May 24, 2019

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free events nyc Heart of the Park Tour
free events nyc Master Percussionist (Havana native) and an Innovator in Latin Styles
free events nyc Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam
free events nyc Incredibles 2 (2018): Animated Blockuster

Concert | Hozier: Irish Pop Star


Hozier is an Irish musician, singer, and songwriter from County Wicklow. He had his international breakthrough after releasing his debut single "Take Me to Church", which had been certified multi-platinum in several countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada. He released his second album, Wasteland, Baby!, in March 2019. It debuted atop the US Billboard 200. He is scheduled to embark on a worldwide tour, beginning in spring 2019, to support the album. Attendees are advised to arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Hozier: Irish Pop Star

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
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Tours, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Other | Fleet Week: Navy Divers Demonstration


See Navy divers demonstrate their skills on Military Island, right in the heart of the crossrads of the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Fleet Week: Navy Divers Demonstration

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Discussion On American Women Artists Working Before 1945


American women artists working before 1945 had to navigate societal expectations of women’s domestic roles with their drive to be  professionals. These artists often faced difficult choices–-sacrificing in their personal lives or in their careers. Despite evident talent and success, most fell into obscurity with their death. In this interactive session, you can discover and closely examine works by women artists who collectively paint a picture of a changing America. Host Rena Tobey’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She taught art history at Connecticut State University. Now, she teaches at the 92nd Street Y, conducts lively tours of museum collections, and provides talks on American art for community organizations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Discussion On&nbsp;American Women Artists Working Before 1945

Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these one-hour walking tours, examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Tour | Southern Park Welcome Tour


An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Southern Park Welcome Tour

Workshop | Community Choir For Beginners


This beginner, non-auditioned group welcomes all who love to sing. You will learn healthy singing habits, warmups, and how to find your own voice as your sing with a group. The choir members sing and study music of many styles and genres like jazz, latin, soul, choral, gospel, folk, and music from around the world. Everyone is welcome no experience necessary! The class will culminate with a final public performance at the library. Registration is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Community Choir For Beginners

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood 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 historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist with a “tender touch.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Film | A Simple Plan (1998): Money Creates Trust Problems Among The Group


When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. 121 min. Director: Sam Raimi. Starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda.  A Simple Plan earned multiple awards and nominations, among them two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Thornton) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Smith). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, A Simple Plan (1998): Money&nbsp;Creates Trust Problems&nbsp;Among The Group

Gallery Talk | Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the importance of many of these iconic objects. Start times: 1pm, 2pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour

Film | The Great Gatsby With Leonardo DiCaprio (1974): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama Based On Scott Fitzgerald's Novel


A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. 143 min. Director: Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton.  At the 86th Academy Awards, The Great Gatsby won in both of its nominated categories: Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, The Great Gatsby With&nbsp;Leonardo DiCaprio (1974): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama Based On Scott Fitzgerald's Novel

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | Fencing Workshop


Learn the basics with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Must be 16 or older to participate. Every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Basquiat (1996) With David Bowie And Gary Oldman: The Story Of A Famous Street Artist


The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity. 107 min. Director: Julian Schnabel. Starring Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Gary Oldman.
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Basquiat (1996) With David Bowie And Gary Oldman: The Story Of A Famous Street Artist

Film | The Commuter (2018): Ordinary Man In The Middle Of A Murder Conspiracy


Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train. 105 min. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson. The Commuter grossed $36.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $83.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $119.9 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, The Commuter (2018): Ordinary Man In The Middle Of A Murder Conspiracy

Film | True Grit (2010) With Jeff Bridges And Matt Damon: Western By Coen Brothers


A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer. 110 min. Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld. True Grit was nominated for ten Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, True Grit (2010) With Jeff Bridges And Matt Damon: Western By Coen Brothers

Film | WALL·E (2008): Winner Of The Academy Award For Best Animated Feature


In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Director: Andrew Stanton. Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin. WALL·E won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Best Original Screenplay at the 81st Academy Awards. 
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Films, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, WALL&middot;E (2008): Winner Of The Academy Award For Best Animated Feature

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
2:00 pm
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Tours, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Come in, relax, color and meditate! All materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Opening Reception | Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co," Haunt: Fugitive Bodies


Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co," Haunt explores the affective and political potential of haunting against a backdrop of cultural institutions that are ever more eager to represent certain types of "fugitive" bodies. Featuring works by Julie Dash, Minnie Evans, Félix Gonzáles-Torres, Green-Wood Cemetery, shawné michaelain holloway, Asif Mian, Guadalupe Rosales, Mariana Valencia, Julie Tolentino, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the exhibition is curated by Nia Nottage, Gwyneth Shanks, and Simon Wu.
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Opening Receptions, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co," Haunt: Fugitive Bodies

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
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Jazz | Master Percussionist (Havana native) and an Innovator in Latin Styles


An outdoor concert with Havana native and master percussionist Joaquin Pozo y Clave Suena. Pozo brings 35 years of experience and profound versatility to his vibrant performances. An innovator in Latin styles from rumba to jazz, Pozo leads this five-piece ensemble on journeys through Afro-Cuban rhythms. Bring a blanket or chair and a picnic and enjoy the show!
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Master Percussionist (Havana native) and an Innovator in Latin Styles

Play | Hamlet: Princess of Denmark


Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force? Might Hamlet have been a greater leader given the chance? Shakespeare's Hamlet for the #MeToo era, produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Karla Hendrick.
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Lecture | Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam


While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam. Hanoi's War renders transparent the internal workings of America's most elusive enemy and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more wide-ranging than it had been previously. Using never-before-seen archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is the Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia at Columbia University. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Yale University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Lectures, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

Talk | FashionSpeak Fridays: Crimes of Fashion


Clothing can be the most important clue in a criminal case, but dress and accessories play a more complex role than we might suspect. Join fashion historian Alison Matthews David, as she investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise. The presentation shows how innovations in forensic science helped investigators solve crimes long before DNA testing, and demonstrates the cleverness of dress worn in mugshots, including the 1920s portraits in the Sydney Police and Justice Museum’s collection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
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Play | Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romantic 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.
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Plays, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romantic Retribution and Miscommunication

Movie in a Park | Incredibles 2 (2018): Animated Blockuster


The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world. Director: Brad Bird Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell 118 min.
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8:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, Incredibles 2 (2018): Animated Blockuster

Concert | From the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz


Musician and actor, Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil’s highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance “The living room”, Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2019, 05/24/2019, From the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

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Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

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