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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 17, 2024?

28 free events take place on Friday, May 17 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 17 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, May 17, 2024

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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
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Tours, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Fairs, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Screening | Third Annual Apple Box Short Film Festival


MPS Directing presents its thesis film festival. This year, the festival will be broken into three two-hour screening blocks of eight films. Each screening block will be followed by a Q&A, a special screening of MPS Directing's learning film The Book Signing and an awards presentation.
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11:00 am
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Screenings, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Third Annual Apple Box Short Film Festival

Workshop | Beekeeping Class


Beekeeping classes presented by New York City Beekeepers Association. In these instructional classes, you’ll learn about honey bee colonies and the vital role they play in the natural environment. The classes welcome gardeners, prospective beekeepers, and anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping!
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in 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.
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Workshops, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Gallery Talk | The Lindau Gospels: Exhibition Tour (online)


A virtual docent-led exploration of a 1200-year-old book that forms a cornerstone of the renowned permanent collection of illuminated manuscripts at the museum. Known as the Lindau Gospels, it holds the honor of being manuscript number one in the collection. Through this discussion, examine its jeweled covers as well as a selection of the richly illuminated pages of the manuscript inside.
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Gallery Talks, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, The Lindau Gospels: Exhibition Tour (online)

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: Ted Rosenthal.
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Piano in the Park

Book Discussion | Puppy Brain: How Our Dogs Learn, Think, and Love


How do you raise a happy, healthy, and emotionally resilient dog? Full of actionable guidance, Puppy Brain will show you how to create a harmonious, fulfilling relationship with your pet, from Kerry Nichols, founder of Nicholberry Goldens.
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Puppy Brain: How Our Dogs Learn, Think, and Love

City Walk | Midtown Architectural Tour


Custom NYC Tours leads a walking tour in the 34th Street district, focusing on the rich history of iconic buildings in the area. Learn more about the buildings that surround our city life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Midtown Architectural Tour

Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
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Film | Oscar Winner Platoon (1986) Directed by Oliver Stone, Starring Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen


Chris Taylor leaves his university studies to enlist in combat duty in Vietnam in 1967. Once he's on the ground in the middle of battle, his idealism fades. Infighting in his unit between Staff Sergeant Barnes, who believes nearby villagers are harboring Viet Cong soldiers, and Sergeant Elias, who has a more sympathetic view of the locals, ends up pitting the soldiers against each other as well as against the enemy. Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen Oliver Stone is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Stone is known as a controversial but acclaimed director, tackling subjects ranging from the Vietnam war, and American politics to musical biopics and crime dramas. He has received numerous accolades including four Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and five Golden Globe Awards. Willem Dafoe is an American actor. Known for his prolific career portraying diverse roles in both mainstream and arthouse films, he is the recipient of various accolades, including nominations for four Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and four Golden Globe Awards. Charlie Sheen is an American actor. He is known as a leading man in film and television. Over his fifty-year career he has received numerous accolades including a Golden Globe Award as well as nominations for four Primetime Emmy Awards. In 1994 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Films, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Oscar Winner Platoon (1986) Directed by&nbsp;Oliver Stone, Starring&nbsp;Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen

Classical Music | Organ Works by Messiaen and More at a Beautiful Cathedral


Chanmi Kim and Jens Korndorfer, organ. Program Feelix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 42 Messiaen (1908-1992), from Messe de la Pentecoote Valeery Aubertin (b. 1970), from Sonatine pour les etoiles Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), from Symphony No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 42, No. 2
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Organ Works by Messiaen and More at a Beautiful Cathedral

Dancing | Dance-a-thon on the Lawn


An evening of dance, fitness, and fun. You will enjoy the sounds and songs from R&B, Pop, and Rock & Roll. Bring your family, friends, and dance shoes for an electric party under the stars.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Dance-a-thon on the Lawn

Birdwatching | Evening Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season, with guided tours led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow!
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
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Opening Reception | Dylan Vandenhoeck: Right Under the Nose


One of the important features of the Western European modern world that begins to emerge in the decades around the year 1500 is a reorganization of the human senses. Taking place over several hundred years is a relentless prioritization of vision and its isolation from the other senses. What some theorists have called "ocularcentrism" is this privileging of the eye and its alignment with rationalized forms of knowledge that distance a human observer from the physical world and estrange them from the multi-sensory immediacy of perception. Since the Renaissance, the arts have been shaped by practices and techniques that have posed the fiction that our vision is a faithful mirroring of an objective external reality. This model has been a crucial underpinning for the rationalized forms of knowledge and utilitarian, extractive priorities of Western modernity. But there have long been artists whose counter-practices have challenged this dominant framework, including, for instance, Hans Holbein and his Ambassadors, William Blake, J M W Turner, Roberto Matta and Stan Brakhage. 
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Opening Receptions, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Dylan Vandenhoeck: Right Under the Nose

Staged Reading | Everything In New York Goes BANG! by Robert Galinsky


Following a sold out one-night performance in Hollywood CA, Robert Galinsky brings a vigorous reading of his newest solo show Everything in New York Goes BANG!  Everything in New York Goes BANG! is executive produced by Tony Award winning producer Terry Schnuck. In this much-anticipated-one-person show, Galinsky recounts his journey from childhood in the suburbs of Connecticut, through his interactions with hipsters in the Lower East Side of New York City, to his work with young people incarcerated on Rikers Island Jail. Expertly embodying multiple characters through storytelling and rock-star level poetry, he explores the harmony and turmoil of living in New York City from his arrival in the late 1980s to his exile and banishment from the notorious Rikers Island Jail in 2022. “Galinsky’s ‘BANG!’ is touching, sweet, grungy, and saturated with humor. The word play has a musicality to it that is likened to the beat poets of the 50s and at times, dips into the coolness and complexity of a Charlie Parker bebop jazz piece.” Mark Schoenfeld, Creator of “Brooklyn the Musical” “Robert Galinsky, playwright and the de facto Mayor of New York’s East Village, is a most inspiring breed of human being. Part time poet, part-time artist, part-time digital entrepreneur, part-time actor and full-time street philosopher.” Upscale Living Magazine
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Staged Readings, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Everything In New York Goes BANG!&nbsp;by Robert Galinsky

Workshop | Harlem Moves with Limon Dance Company


The world-renowned Limon Company Dancers teach the energetic and ease-filled Limon Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.
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Workshops, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Harlem Moves with Limon Dance Company

Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and J.S. Bach


Lisa Sitjar, piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata no.15 in D minor, Opus 31 no.15 Ravel (1875-1937), Miroirs J.S. Bach :(1685-1750), Chaconne in D minor from Violin Partita No. 2 bmv 1004
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Piano Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and J.S. Bach

Screening | Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre & Performance (in-person and online)


36 films -- some in-person, some online, some both -- are presented in this 4-day festival showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. From its inaugural edition in 2015 to its present-day The festival has served as a platform for recorded works that span the length and breadth of the performing arts. See link for films and details.
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Film | Sleepless in Seattle (1994): RomCom with Tom Hanks and Med Ryan


A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Tom Hanks Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger 105 min.
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Films, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Sleepless in Seattle (1994): RomCom with Tom Hanks and Med Ryan

Book Discussion | The Blue Maiden: Two Sisters vs the Devil


Author Anna Noyes presents a transportive and chilling debut novel of two sisters growing up on an isolated Northern European island in the shadow of their late mother and the Devil. It's 1825, four generations after Berggrund Island's women stood accused of witchcraft under the eye of their priest, now long dead. In his place is Pastor Silas, a widower with two wild young daughters, Beata and Ulrika. The sisters are outcasts: imaginative, oppositional, increasingly obsessed with the lore and legend of the island's dark past and their absent mother, whom their father refuses to speak of. As the girls come of age, and the strictures of the community shift but never wane, their rebellions twist and sharpen. Ever capable Ulrika shoulders the burden of keeping house, while Bea, alone with unsettling visions and impulses, hungers for companionship and attention. When an enigmatic outsider arrives at their door, his presence threatens their family bond and unearths - piece by piece - a buried history to shocking ends. All the while Berggrund's neighboring island The Blue Maiden beckons, the storied home of the Witches' Sabbath and Satan's realm, its misted shore veiling truths the sisters have spent their lives searching for. A Nordic Gothic laced with the horrors of life in a patriarchy both hostile to and reliant on its women, The Blue Maiden is a starkly beautiful depiction of lost lineage and resilience.
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Book Discussions, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, The Blue Maiden: Two Sisters vs the Devil

Performance | Presence, Absence, and Hallucination: Performance Art


Presence, Absence, and Hallucination is a performance, reading, and sound activation of space-time dimensions in order to pressurize modes and forms of reality (in its glitchy, elusive, shapeshifting capacity) as it is perceived, experienced, and documented—ecologically, historically, sociologically, philosophically, and ever more frequently using artificial intelligence. Three prose texts by Brenda Iijima act as reference points for a collaboration with sound artist Johann Diedrick that opens pathways and trace resonances into the prismatic densities of the past, present, and future.
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Performances, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Presence, Absence, and Hallucination: Performance Art

Talk | Fashionspeak Fridays: Statement Sleeves


Whether puffed, ruffled, split, or sheer, statement sleeves have been a ubiquitous fashion trend for the past decade. Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, takes an insightful look at the current Statement Sleeves exhibition she has curated and the myriad of ways in which designers have reinterpreted and remixed sleeves through variations in material, shape, embellishment, and even functionality.
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Talks, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Fashionspeak Fridays: Statement Sleeves

Concert | Old and New Approaches to Son Cubano, Jazz, Rhumba, R&B, and Funk


Bandleader Gonzalo Grau and his Grammy-nominated multi-piece combo La Clave Secreta originated as an extended family of Berklee College of Music students whose passion inspired aspirations of joyous explorations into fusion. In describing the group's modus operandi, Grau cites influences from old and new approaches to son cubano, jazz, rhumba, R&B, and funk. La Clave Secreta embraces its own style, where timba and salsa, vintage and novelty, the classics and the originals merge into one powerful, undeniably fun sound. Grau and the band commemorates their Lincoln Center debut with a danceable evening of songs from their sophomore LP, 2023's De Verdad Verdad, an album that Sound in Review calls "a musical journey that plays like a hybrid symphony... from Cuba to New York, from flamenco to Hip-Hop."
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Old and New Approaches to Son Cubano, Jazz, Rhumba, R&B, and Funk

Concert | Battle of the Bands


Bands battle for victory in a celebration of the musical talent of NYC.  
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Concerts, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Battle of the Bands

Movie in a Park | Ruby Bridges (1998): Young Girl Faces School Integration


When six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the first time. Director: Euzhan Palcy Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Pollak, Michael Beach 96 min.
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Movie in a Parks, May 17, 2024, 05/17/2024, Ruby Bridges (1998): Young Girl Faces School Integration
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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Musical | Broadway Actors in a Musical

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