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36 free events take place on Saturday, May 14 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 14 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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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, May 14, 2022

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free events nyc Upper East Side Spring Gallery Walk
free events nyc Swamp in the City: A Cajun and Creole Music Festival
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Birdwatching | Birding Bonanza/International Migratory Bird Day


A fun and informative morning of birding. Be up for nature exploration looking for some of the migratory birds that use the island to rest and refuel on their incredible journeys to their final nesting sites for the summer. They will be handing out free information and craft kits from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help celebrate our urban birds. Binoculars will be available and sterilized before and after each use, though bringing your own pair is encouraged. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Birding Bonanza/International Migratory Bird Day

Workshop | CANCELLED! Drawing in the Park CANCELLED!


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, CANCELLED! Drawing in the Park CANCELLED!

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Saturdays, March 26-September 17, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Birdwatching | Nature Tour: Bird Migration Walk


A Park Conservancy Zone Gardener helps you to explore nature, learn about the park, and discuss special topics in urban horticulture. Wear comfortable shoes.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Nature Tour: Bird Migration Walk

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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Fairs, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Street Fair

Fair | Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more.  Every Sat, Sun 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More

Tour | Upper East Side Spring Gallery Walk


This event invites the public to visit participating galleries, view their exhibitions and attend expert talks led by artists and curators.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Upper East Side Spring Gallery Walk

Book Discussion | Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D


Jeff Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery‘s historian and the author of the book, talks about how the Brooklyn Bridge came into being. Hear the stories of its caissons, towers, cables, etc., and the personal drama of the Roeblings-John, Washington, and Emily-who made this beloved bridge a reality. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of standing beside the iconic bridge and seeing photographs, taken in 3D as this great and groundbreaking landmark was created. Free 3D glasses for all attendees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D

Workshop | Dance Fitness


Get and stay fit in this outdoor class. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Dance Fitness

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Indoor Galleries and Outdoor Exhibition


Located in the heart of the historic Manhattan district, the museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, it includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins." Wavertree is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, view an outdoor exhibition on the Pier. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Historic 1885 Ship, Indoor Galleries and Outdoor Exhibition

Concert | John Cooksey Quartet: Funk, Jazz and More


A master of funk, jazz and related styles, drummer, writer, producer and vocalist John Cooksey has performed with Ashford and Simpson, Roy Ayers, Noel Pointer, Phyllis Hyman, Micheal Urbaniak, Carlos Garnett, Kenny Kirkland, The Persuaders, Talking Heads with David Bryne and Brian Eno, Patience Higgins, Joey Morant, Blues singers Ray Shinnery and Slam Allen and a host of others. He worked extensively in sessions with the famed producer Patrick Adams, for the Atlantic, Sal-Soul, RCA, and Arista labels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, John Cooksey Quartet: Funk, Jazz and More

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Juggling in the Park

Performance | New York Yo-Yo Show


What do you get when you combine the singing and dancing of the Broadway Theater with jaw-dropping yoyo skills? You get The New York Yoyo Show!  Brian Kilmowski (the yoyo guy) gives a truly unique performance and free yoyo lessons. Attendees will be captivated with advanced yoyo demos, Broadway-style musical numbers, modern yoyo magic, and the grand finale, featuring the World's Longest Yoyo String.   The New York Yoyo Show is for people of all ages and skill levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, New York Yo-Yo Show

Festival | Procession for Climate Solutions


A spectacular pageant with 20 site performances celebrating climate solutions and ecological sustainability throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and waterfront on the Lower East Side. See link for schedule of events and route.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festivals, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Procession for Climate Solutions

Concert | Swamp in the City: A Cajun and Creole Music Festival


11:30am - Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces 1:30pm - Joe Hall & The Cane Cutters 3:30pm - Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & Jo Vidrine
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Swamp in the City: A Cajun and Creole Music Festival

Concert | Youth Pride Chorus


The joyously electrifying Youth Pride Chorus lights up the stage in a family-friendly Saturday morning performance. The Chorus seeks to galvanize LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-22 to push for social change through the power of performance, while also empowering the audience to do the same. They’ve performed at the GLAAD Media Awards, GLSEN's Respect Awards, and Broadway Backwards at Lincoln Center, as well as with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Tour and Home For The Holidays concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Youth Pride Chorus

Festival | Indie Lit Fair


The seventh annual event that celebrates the vitality and diversity of independent literary publishing. Free and open to the public, Indie Lit Fair showcases new and established poetry presses, fiction and creative nonfiction publishers, and innovative literary magazines. Stop by to browse, buy, and bask in the breadth of the literary arts being published today. For 55 years, CLMP has supported indie lit publishers, which together form the bedrock of the literary ecosystem, fostering an environment where writers and their work can flourish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Indie Lit Fair

Park Walk | Meditation Through Movement Walk


Enjoy the beautiful wooded setting of the park's trails through a guided meditative walk. Easy walking terrain. Sundays and Saturdays through June 30, 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Festival | Urban Wildlife Festival


Welcome guests of all ages to join us at the 12th Annual Wildlife Appreciation Festival. Get to know your wild neighbors, including squirrels, turtles, raccoons, opossum, and coyotes while participating in activities to build your awareness and understanding of the natural world. The festival is an opportunity to get up close and personal with NYC’s wild residents. Find out the best places in New York City and New York State to watch wildlife. There will be fun activities including live animals presented by Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR), the CityParks PuppetMobile, games, and music by Hopalong Andrew.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Urban Wildlife Festival

Parade | Japan Parade


Featuring: -- Stage performances with amazing artists -- Activity Tents include a variety of fun and family-friendly Japanese activities, while our Food Tents offer free samples of mouth-watering Japanese cuisine. -- Charity Initiatives
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Parades, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Japan Parade

Musical | In the Green: An Innovative Musical-Opera Hybrid


This innovative opera/music/theater piece tells the story of the medieval composer, mystic, scientist and Catholic saint Hildegard von Bingen “on her path to sainthood from childhood,” focusing on the thirty years she spent locked up in a cell with her mentor, the anchoress Jutta von Sponheim. A New Musical by Grace McLean Additional Music & Words by Hildegard Von Bingen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, In the Green: An Innovative Musical-Opera Hybrid

Film | Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Oscar Winner with Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons


Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton. Director: Shaka King Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons 126 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Oscar Winner with Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons

Film | The Fast and the Furious (2001): Car Stunt Extravaganza with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker


An undercover cop gets pulled into a gang that races cars late at night through city streets when the leader is suspected of stealing electronic equipment. Directed by Rob Cohen Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez 107 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, The Fast and the Furious (2001): Car Stunt Extravaganza with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

Concert | Brass Bands Festival in a Park


Come enjoy a brand-new summer kickoff event that will feature both roving and stationary live musical sets by a diverse and energetic range of NYC's brass band community. Visitors will experience the performance in an interactive and self-guided way throughout the afternoon, as New Orleans' second-line style processionals welcome the public across multiple lawns and plazas. SET TIMES: 2:00 - L Train Brass Band 2:30 - Sugar Tones 3:10 - Ad Hoc Brass Band 3:15-4:25 - Ad Hoc Brass Band 4:25-4:30 - Ad Hoc Brass Band 4:30-5:10 - Stoop Kidz Brass Band 5:10-5:50 - Extra Syrup Horns
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Brass Bands Festival in a Park

Birdwatching | Birding Adventure


It's Migratory Bird Day. This is a chance to look for and learn about the approximately 50+ species of birds that either live year-round on the island or are passing through. For all interested birders, from first-timers to experienced. Guide: Gabriel Willow, environmental educator, ecologist, and urban naturalist.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Birding Adventure

Play | The Barefoot Widow: An Out-of-the-Ordinary Woman


In the 1930s, Italian life is ordered by traditional rules and the Fascist ones. The protagonist, Mintonia, is an out-of-the-ordinary woman who reads great books and chooses her own spouse. Something will happen that will dramatically change Mintonia’s life. She will show that she is no victim.   This is a performance in the very ancient Sardinian language from the Barbagia area. With English supertitles. Written and directed by Maria Virginia Siriu Performed by Carla Orrù, Fabrizio Congia and Andrea Vargiu
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, The Barefoot Widow: An Out-of-the-Ordinary Woman

Concert | Immersive Extravaganza: Paying Tribute to Quincy Jones (in-person and online)


Artists from all genres come together to pay tribute to the extraordinary career of music producer Quincy Jones. This nonstop, soaring celebration features soul, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, original choreography, fascinating conversations, and closes out with a jump-out-of-your-seat DJ set covering all of the hits. Make it your own--stay as long (or short) as you'd like, come in person or via livestream, and be a part of this incredible celebration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Immersive Extravaganza: Paying Tribute to Quincy Jones (in-person and online)

Staged Reading | Celebrated Nabaneeta Dev Sen: Poetry, Dance and Conversation


Writer and actor Nandana Dev Sen will read from Acrobat, legendary Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen's radiant collection of poetry about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life. Nandana's rhythmic lines explore the contours of first love, motherhood, loss and decay with a restless, tactile imagination, both picking apart and celebrating the rituals that make us human. Nandana will be joined by the dancer and choreographer Preeti Vasudevan (Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Lincoln Center; Guggenheim Works & Process; The Joyce Foundation) and writer Marina Budhos, who will share their own interpretations of the poetry through performance and discussion. Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938 - 2019) remains one of the most beloved, versatile and prolific Bengali writers of all time. She published her first book of poems at the age of 21, and grew to be immensely popular in every genre. Equally expressive in poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, she has over one hundred books to her credit, including compilations of poems, novels, plays, stories, memoirs, academic essays, children's literature, political columns, literary translations, and multiple volumes of her collected works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Celebrated Nabaneeta Dev Sen: Poetry, Dance and Conversation

Opening Reception | Emi Anrakuji: Ehagaki —Picture Postcard


Emi Anrakuji is known for taking obscured and often close-up images of herself (all but her eyes) in mundane surroundings with evocative atmospheres. This exhibition features over 30 color-pigment self-portraits that Anrakuji meticulously printed on vintage picture postcards (in Japanese, ehagaki) collected by her grandfather at the turn of the last century. The grandfather, a wine importer in Tokyo, frequently traveled to Europe and brought back these postcards, a popular novelty among collectors, especially from the 1890s to the 1910s. According to Anrakuji’s family lore, a box of the well-preserved old postcards miraculously survived the 1923 earthquake and the WWII air raids in 1945. On both occasions, the fire burned down the city of Tokyo almost entirely, including her grandfather’s shop. Therefore, these postcards became a family treasure passed down through the generations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Emi Anrakuji: Ehagaki &mdash;Picture Postcard

Opening Reception | Ernesto Neto: Between Earth and Sky


Since the 1990s Ernesto Neto has created a distinct body of work— an ongoing formal inquiry into space, volume, balance, and gravity that is equally informed by sensuality, energy, and spirituality. Drawing on biomorphism, Arte Povera and Minimalist sculpture, along with Neo-concretism and other Brazilian vanguard movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Ernesto Neto’s work incorporates organic shapes and materials that engage all five senses. He is inspired by a wide range of sources– from Brazilian avant-garde artists such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, through the Modernist abstraction of Alexander Calder and Constantin Brancusi, to the natural world, shamanism and craft culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Ernesto Neto: Between Earth and Sky

Opening Reception | Shane Walsh: Psychoalphadiscobeta


With the doting love of a superfan, Walsh fills each painting with fragmented homages to languages of abstraction, spliced with glowing reenactments of pop-cultural visual references from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Influences stream by or pop out: xeroxed zines, video game arcades, television motion graphics, and design elements from disco and early graffiti. Walsh’s cut and paste ethos grew out of his experience as a DJ during the 1990’s and his involvement in the subcultures of that era. His manic compositions arrive at a form of painting that is both deeply autobiographical, historically omnivorous, and full of intricate maneuvers and diverse materials that fuse into a melded but never seamless painterly mash.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Shane Walsh: Psychoalphadiscobeta

Classical Music | Chorus and Period-Instrument Ensemble: Connecting Music of the Past to a Dazzling Vision of the Future


Period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 and chorus, conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, perform MAP: A New World. Composed by Francisco J. Núñez, with a libretto by Vietnamese-American author Monique Truong, MAP: A New World looks to the indigenous rhythmic and musical environments of the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, which influence young people in their music-making and their connections to a global community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Chorus and Period-Instrument Ensemble: Connecting Music of the Past to a Dazzling Vision of the Future

Concert | Electronic Compositions


Rehearsed in residency during the exhibition E. Jane: Where's there's love overflowing, this culminating performance by MHYSA, Jane's underground pop diva persona will premiere new arrangements of her electronic compositions, performing with a band for the first time. Through this labor and transformation, she speaks to the lineage of divas singing "Home" from The Wiz, as she develops her own version of the historically Black standard. The empty stage within the exhibition will be activated to elevate the diva figure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Electronic Compositions

Musical | In the Green: An Innovative Musical-Opera Hybrid


This innovative opera/music/theater piece tells the story of the medieval composer, mystic, scientist and Catholic saint Hildegard von Bingen "on her path to sainthood from childhood," focusing on the thirty years she spent locked up in a cell with her mentor, the anchoress Jutta von Sponheim. A New Musical by Grace McLean Additional Music & Words by Hildegard Von Bingen
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7:30 pm
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Musicals, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, In the Green: An Innovative Musical-Opera Hybrid

Movie in a Park | Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): Superhero Blockbuster with Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch


With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Director: Jon Watts Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch 148 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, May 14, 2022, 05/14/2022, Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): Superhero Blockbuster with Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch
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