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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 24, 2021?

17 free events take place on Monday, 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Monday, May 24, 2021

All events, things to do on Monday, May 24, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Tour | Belgium: Get Lost in Medieval Bruges (virtual, live stream)


The picturesque town of Bruges is a must-see in Belgium. Go back in time to the Middle Ages and explore the lovely medieval city, the historic buildings, and the canals. See the magnificent palaces, churches, and chapels, stroll over the Market Square, and marvel at the delicious chocolate on offer everywhere. While exploring this medieval fairy tale town, the tour guide will tell your stories about the past, the connection to the Netherlands, and the cycling culture in this beautiful town.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_10:00 am
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Tours, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Belgium: Get Lost in Medieval Bruges (virtual, live stream)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Group Exercise


Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with a variety of fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come for a fun workout in the fresh air. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Group Exercise

Workshop | Tee Time on the Plaza


Putt putt your way through this 7-hole mini golf course. Grab a friend and make a day of it! May 10-27, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Tee Time on the Plaza

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Discussion | Unpacking "The Archive Thief" (virtual)


In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski gathered up tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin, and later, public archives and private synagogues in France, and moved them all, illicitly, to New York. Dr. Lisa Leff reconstructed Szajkowski's story in all its ambiguity in her 2015 book The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust. Join Leff and Dr. Jonathan Brent, Executive Director and CEO of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, for a discussion about Szajkowski's story, the documents he stole, and what it all means for those interested in preserving the past today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Unpacking "The Archive Thief" (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) BodyArt: Physical Therapy-Based Workout


The bodyART method is a physical therapy based approach to movement training (PTBT). The objectives are injury prevention, pain reduction and sustainability for the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, elbows and spine. You will leave class sweaty, energized, and feeling amazing. Also great for people looking to improve their cardiovascular stamina, strength, flexibility, mental focus and concentration in a holistic environment. Bring your own mat. Face masks mandatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) BodyArt: Physical Therapy-Based Workout

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness: Dance, Cardio, Choreography


Stay fit and healthy with these Monday classes that empower, promote fun with fitness, confidence, body positivity and inspire non-dancers to move their bodies. Each Monday at 5:45 pm. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness: Dance, Cardio, Choreography

Concert | (IN-PERSON or virtual) Grammy-Winning Artist J. Hoard: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride


In J. Hoard's performance you are given the core of the Black church and the allure of "The Great White Way" (Broadway). His original compositions and arrangements easily shift genre to articulate his vivid songwriting. He has collaborated with artists such as Black Coffee, Brasstracks, and hip-hop royalty Jean Grae & Quelle Chris. Additionally, he has worked with jazz/experimental artists such as Sonnymoon, Javier Santiago, Jose James, and TheLessonGK. J. Hoard is a writer and singer on Chance the Rapper's Grammy award-winning "No Problem" on the Grammy award-winning album "Coloring Book".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON or virtual) Grammy-Winning Artist J. Hoard: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Zumba in a Park


Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. This socially-distanced class features aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended. The class takes place every Monday until Oct 25, 2021. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Masks are required. Must sign a waiver before participating. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Zumba in a Park

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Media and Scenes of Black Protest


In celebration of Cauleen Smith, the fifteenth recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, a conversation between Smith and scholar Saidiya Hartman around their sources of inspiration and the ways that today’s media captures and relays scenes of protest, rebellion, and Black life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Artist Talk: The Media and Scenes of Black Protest

Classical Music | Baroque Music: Spanish Masterworks of the 18th Century (virtual)


Jude Ziliak (violin) and James Kennerley (harpsichord) perform rarely-heard gems by Jose Herrando, Juan Oliver y Astorga, Domenico Scarlatti, and Marianna Martinez. Audiences will be treated to Herrando's vivid sonic depiction of the celebrated Garden of Aranjuez in springtime -- and the North American premiere of an as-yet unrecorded virtuosic sonata by Oliver y Astorga (1676). There will be a live Q&A with the artists after the concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Baroque Music: Spanish Masterworks of the 18th Century (virtual)

Author Reading | Which Side of History? How Technology is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives -- with Chelsea Clinton (virtual)


A recent report by Common Sense Media shows that during the pandemic, social media has helped to keep young people connected and informed. Tech offers resources for health, self-care, empowerment, and self-expression. At the same time, exposure to hate speech online is up significantly, and young people who report moderate to severe depression are nearly twice as likely to be on social media constantly. How tech is impacting the health of kids and families is among the many questions in the new book, released by Common Sense Media founder and CEO Jim Steyer. Steyer speaks with one of the book's contributors, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. They'll explore the changing relationship, for better and for worse, between teens and tech. What are the impacts on mental health, critical thinking, empathy, and more? How are opportunity gaps and the digital divide impacting who benefits most? And what do youth need from adults to help manage their relationships to technology?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Which Side of History? How Technology is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives -- with Chelsea Clinton (virtual)

Talk | Not Sleeping Until Brooklyn: A Virtual Journey in Bohemian Brooklyn (virtual)


Celebrating Brooklyn Bridge's Bi-Centennial (62 years early) by bringing you Brooklyn’s best bars, bards, and benevolent-bohemians that built it into the Best Borough in the World. Travel back in time - like literarily, not literally - as they dive into key moments in Brooklyn’s cultural and literary history and share some of the poets, pubs, patrons and pontificates they’re particularly passionate about. Before the man bun and Beats by Dre, there was burlesque, Du Bois, and bathtub gin. Come cross the bridge and celebrate Bohemian Brooklyn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Not Sleeping Until Brooklyn: A Virtual Journey in Bohemian Brooklyn (virtual)

Workshop | Theater Master Class with the Playwright of Bella: An American Tall Tale (virtual)


Kirsten Childs (Bella: An American Tall Tale, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) and Digital Content Producer Alison Koch will shed light on the production of Kirsten’s original Soundstage audio musical "The Edge of Night." No previous experience required. All are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice (virtual)


Melissa Checker presents her vital new book. From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, efforts to transform New York City’s unsightly industrial waterfronts into green, urban oases have received much public attention. The Sustainability Myth uncovers the hidden costs—and contradictions—of the city’s ambitious sustainability agenda in light of its equally ambitious redevelopment imperatives. Checker takes an in-depth look at the dynamics of environmental gentrification, documenting the symbiosis between eco-friendly initiatives and high-end redevelopment and its impact on out-of-the-way, non-gentrifying neighborhoods.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice&nbsp;(virtual)

Open Mike | Monday Night Online Open Mic (Zoom)


A poetry-specific open mic hosted by Advocate of Wordz. Sign up to perform one poem (5 minutes or less) at our next online open mic by RSVP'ing a slot. They offer 25 guaranteed performance slots and 10 waitlist slots on a first-come, first-served basis. The open mic is non-competitive, and there's no cover charge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, Monday Night Online Open Mic (Zoom)
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Regular Price: $35
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON) Modern Ballet

Regular Price: $48
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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