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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 15, 2023?

16 free events take place on Monday, May 15 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 15 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, May 15, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc John Coltrane Ensemble
free events nyc The American Symphony Orchestra Jazz Concert
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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
Free

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

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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12:00 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Pete Malinverni.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free

Screening | The New Screen Fest


A group of students, alumni and professors have banded together to create The New Screen Fest, a film festival that will be held on May 15th at Anthology Film Archives celebrating the interesting and innovative work coming out of the department.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | Vocal Performance


An hour of music directed by Amy London. Amy London's fully seasoned career includes three years in the 6 Tony award winning Broadway hit City of Angels (singing on its Grammy nominated original cast album), and City Center’s production of Promises Promises starring Martin Short, plus tours with Charles Aznavour, Larry Elgart and Tom Browne. London has enjoyed more than 25 years of performing at New York’s top rooms, such as Dizzy’s, The Rainbow Room, Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, The Kitano, BB King’s, Cornelia Street Cafe, North Square Lounge and many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Creative Writing Workshop


A weekly writing session led by Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, participants will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Living Colour's 'Time's Up': An Analysis of the Album (online)


With author Kim Mack. The Black rock band Living Colour's Time's Up, released in 1990, was recorded in the aftermath of the critical and commercial success of their debut record. Time's Up is a musical and lyrical triumph, incorporating distinct forms and styles of music and featuring inspired collaborations with artists as varied as Little Richard, Queen Latifah, Maceo Parker, and Mick Jagger. The clash of sounds and styles don't immediately fit. The confrontational hardcore-thrash metal - complete with Glover's apocalyptic wail - in the title track is not a natural companion with Doug E. Fresh's human beat box on "Tag Team Partners," but it's precisely this bold and brilliant collision that creates the barely-controlled chaos. And isn't rock & roll about chaos?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Jazz | John Coltrane Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Reggie Workman. In this ensemble, significant Coltrane compositions are chosen as vehicles towards understanding why and how the music of John Coltrane, an icon of Jazz whose breath of creation spans modern music from traditional to futuristic and beyond, pioneered concepts of harmonization. His innovative system was predicated on novel uses of the minor third fourth progression, which attributed to the expanded use of whole tone scales and the twelve-tone system, giving more flexibility to the improviser. Coltrane's logical resolutions of extended chromatic passages, articulating densely notated compositions and tasteful note placement in slower compositions have become defining factors in Jazz and improv. (Reginald) "Reggie" Workman (born in 1937) is recognized as one of the most technically gifted American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassists in history. He is an educator, composer, and jazz advocate whose style ranges from Bop, Post Bop, and beyond. Workman, a "Sound Scientist" is a 2020 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship Award, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Although best known for his work with John Coltrane, his collaborative projects with other artists include Art Blakey's Jazz Messngers, Yusef Lateef, Eric Dolphy, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Elvin Jones, Alice Coltrane, Freddy Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Terumasa Hino, Mal Waldron, Abby Lincoln, Max Roach, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Cecil Taylor, Black Swan String Quartet, Ernie Watts, Sonny Simmons, and many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Jazz | The American Symphony Orchestra Jazz Concert


The American Symphony Orchestra explores a truly American genre--jazz, with an ensemble comprised of ASO musicians and other featured artists active in the New York jazz scene today. The program chronicles some of America's greatest jazz composers of the last century with works composed between 1923 and 2023 that have become lasting contributions to the canon of standard repertoire. Seats are first come, first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Film | When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922): silent film


Mary Tudor is forced by her brother Henry VIII to marry Louis XII as part of a peace agreement, but she falls in love with Charles Brandon. Mary flees with him, but the two lovers are captured. Brandon is framed for murder and Mary agrees to marry Louis XII if his life is spared. Brandon is exiled and Louis XII, old and sick, dies shortly after the wedding. After an attempt on the part of Louis XII's nephew Francis I to wed Mary, she finally marries Brandon. Director: Robert G. Vignola Cast: Marion Davies
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Bring materials and come ready to draw—or even paint. They will provide participants the opportunity to make art from observing the nature, distinctive architecture and public art around the park. Instructor Elise Engler will provide prompts and guidance throughout the drawing session. Everyone is invited whether you are a true beginner or a more experienced artist. Bring your choice of materials, whatever you are most comfortable working with—wet or dry—or bring materials that are new and unfamiliar and Elise will help with suggestions and comments. The materials you use are entirely up to you. You might choose to work in black and white or in color, with pens or pencils, colored pencil, watercolors or gouache. Make sure you remember a sketchbook or separate sheets of paper with a clip and a surface to draw upon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | Music Inspired by Banned Books


Ensemble Pi performs new music based on text from books that were banned in the US, including Lenny Bruce, Toni Morrison, and Art Spiegelman.   Program Richard Brooks (1942-present), And Tango Makes Three, inspired by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s children book of the same name, with illustration by Henri Cole. Louis Goldford, Truth is What Is, inspired by stand-up comic Lenny Bruce’s texts Laura Jobin-Acosta, New Kid, inspired by Jerry Craft’s graphic novel of the same name Laura Kaminsky (1956-present), Reading Nafisi, inspired by Azar Nafisi’s Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times Tamar Muskal (1965-present), The Banned, inspired by Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus Damian Norfleet, Praise Pecola!, inspired by Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Macunaíma: The Hero with No Character by Mário de Andrade with Translator Katrina Dodson


The PEN Award-winning translator of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories, Katrina Dodson, will join renowned scholar and translator Brent Hayes Edwards to discuss her long-awaited new translation of the landmark 1928 modernist epic, Macunaíma: The Hero with No Character, by Mário de Andrade, one of the founding fathers of the modernist movement in Brazil. Written over six delirious days—the fruit of years of study—Macunaíma magically synthesizes dialect, folklore, anthropology, mythology, flora, fauna, and pop culture to examine Brazilian identity. It follows the adventures of the shapeshifting Macunaíma and his brothers as they leave their Amazon home for a whirlwind tour of Brazil, cramming four centuries and a continental expanse into a single mythic plane. Dodson will discuss retranslating classics of world literature, as well as the challenges of conveying Andrade’s language experiments that incorporate Indigenous myth, Afro-Brazilian religion, and European folk and troubadour traditions Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Recitar Mangiando: Opera and Food


On the occasion of the publication of Italy for Food Lovers by Rick Steves and Fred Plotkin, Plotkin talks about food and Italy, through selections from operatic productions, in conversation with Director Stefano Albertini.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Concert | Immigrant Experiences; An Evening of New Songs


Immigrant Experiences is a new musical theatre development program focused on the works of immigrant playwrights and composers in partnership with The New School’s College of Performing Arts. Created in collaboration with the New School by Michael Heitzman, the theatre’s Artistic Director of New Musical Development, this program showcases Lucille Lortel Theatre’s commitment to the development of new musical theater, the fostering of new artists, and creating a larger, more diverse community of theatre makers and audiences. The program culminates with a concert presentation of the story-telling songs. These works will be performed by a cast of Broadway performers and a three-piece band. With this methodology, participants will collaborate with performers, a music director, and a director, bringing the songs to life on the stage for the first time. Adrian Alexander Alea is the director, Ben Moss is the Music Director/Pianist, along with Yahir Montes (Guitar/Bass) and Joel E Mateo (Drums/Percussion). Performing in the presentation will be Broadway artists: Kathryn Allison, Robi Hager, Kendyl Ito, Jeigh Madjus, Marina Pires, Imani Russell, and Alex Vinh.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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