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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 19, 2024?

28 free events take place on Sunday, May 19 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 19 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 Sunday, May 19, 2024

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Workshop | Tai Chi on the River


Silvana Pizzuti shows how to practice tai chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Tai Chi on the River

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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Tours, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, 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
$3
Fairs, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Birdwatching | Birding in East Harlem


NYC Audubon's Andrew Reiter and EsplanadeFriends discover the East River Esplanade and its adjacent green spaces. Expect to see many water birds right off the coast.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Birding in East Harlem

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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Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


The class is suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced. You will be learning an easy-to learn short 13-movement form that provides the foundational movements for the longer Yang Style form of 103 movements. Instructor: Richard Anton Diaz, Founder of the infinite Life Institue
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk | Brooklyn Waterfront Walk


A docent-led walking tour of the park! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery whilst learning about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Brooklyn Waterfront Walk

Tour | Historic Flatiron-Nomad District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Rain or shine. Every Sunday at 11 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Historic Flatiron-Nomad District Walking Tour

Festival | Greek Jewish Festival


First launched in 2015, the Greek Jewish Festival has grown into an international event that brings together the Greek Jewish community as well as the broader Greek and Jewish communities from across the US and around the world. It is largest effort of KKJ to share the culture and traditions of this community in a major public way. The festival cuts across religious, cultural, age, and geographic lines. Situated within the historic immigrant neighborhood of the Lower East Side, the Greek Jewish Festival celebrates centuries of cultural exchange that occurred in Greece and the Balkans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Greek Jewish Festival

Book Discussion | Surviving the Survivor: A Brutally Honest Conversation about Life (& Death) with My Mom: A Holocaust Survivor (in-person and online)


Karmela Waldman is an eighty-something psychotherapist and Holocaust survivor. Her son, Joel Waldman, is a successful broadcast journalist. After a discontented Joel chooses to leave his network news job, he gets a crazy idea for the next step in his career: what if he and his elderly mother did a podcast together? Things get off to a bumpy start as the mother-son duo struggle to figure out the art of podcasting, but they master the format and watch as the show becomes a wildly popular true-crime hit. Along the way, the two discover things about each other they never knew. Joel is stunned to learn that Karmela survived World War II by hiding in a boys’ Catholic school. Karmela also sheds light on the emotional struggles she endured when Joel’s older brother died and how she’s struggling with the loss of her husband. Mother and son engage frankly and movingly with each other for the first time as adults, discussing child-rearing, aging, illness, death, and the secrets to enjoying life no matter how complicated it gets. Joel and Karmela will be in conversation about Joel’s book. Moderated by Jim Axelrod, CBS News Senior Correspondent.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Surviving the Survivor: A Brutally Honest Conversation about Life (& Death) with My Mom: A Holocaust Survivor (in-person and online)

Performance | An Afternoon of Short Plays


An afternoon of short plays by fresh voiced writers. Seating is limited, bring a folding chair, if you'd like.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, An Afternoon of Short Plays

City Walk | Design Tour Harlem


Experience the vibrant fusion of design and culture in the heart of Harlem with the inaugural aspire Design Tour Harlem 2024. Inspired by the cultural richness of the Harlem Renaissance, this immersive event pays homage to the resilience and creativity of the African-American community amidst the backdrop of 1920s America. From Langston Hughes' and Maya Angelou's iconic brownstones, to other storied sites, embark on curated trolley, walking, and cart tours through Harlem's neighborhoods. Encounter local artists, musicians, and the indomitable spirit of this transformative era, celebrating Harlem's enduring legacy as a beacon of cultural innovation and expression. But the excitement doesn't stop there! See Harlem's beloved establishments, including NILU Harlem, a boutique with local artists, and Minton's Playhouse (a historic speakeasy and original jazz club) to continue the celebration long into the evening, toasting to both old friends and new as we honor the past and embrace the future of design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
City Walks, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Design Tour Harlem

Hike | Spring Blooming Hike


Spring has sprung. Flowers and trees are in full bloom this season. Learn some ways to identify these spring beauties and the important roles they play in our ecosystem.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Spring Blooming Hike

Workshop | Sun Gazing


The Amateur Astronomers Association help you observe sunspots and solar prominences through safe telescopes. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Blues Hall of Fame Band in the Park


The French Cookin’ Blues – This Blues Hall of Fame band
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Blues Hall of Fame Band in the Park

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


A community jazz concert featuring local musicians and vocalists.  Today: Pat Tandy
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Jazz in the Park

Other | Midtown History Kayak Tour


Paddle and explore the history of Midtown Manhattan. Start with an hour-long presentation. Then, Intermediate-Expert paddlers hit the water with a guide and tour the waterfronts of Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. Visit the site of a massive fire in Hell’s Kitchen, see where the Titanic’s survivors came ashore, and more. Snack on the water at Little Island then paddle back. You'll cover 4 miles round trip. First hour is a free slideshow presentation open to the public. The river tour is at an Intermediate level. Before booking, complete Basics 1-2-3 Classes or get pre-screened. Each season, start with shorter tours and work up to longer tours.   See link for complete details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Midtown History Kayak Tour

Poetry Reading | Poets Afloat


The fifth annual NYC Poets Afloat group poetry reading returns aboard the 1885 tall ship. Poets have been invited to participate in micro-residencies aboard ships in New York Harbor, where they have been inspired to write and create poetry while being surrounded by the city’s bustling waters. Now, these poets will gather on the deck of Wavertree for a group reading, sharing their creative works with the audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Poets Afloat

Concert | Deep Listening: Music and Mindfulness


Pianist Eunbi Kim hosts an introduction to “Deep Listening,” a practice of sonic awareness developed by pioneering American performer and composer Pauline Oliveros. Kim will perform short solo sets of music by Domenico Scarlatti and Sophia Jani and lead the audience in a group performance of Oliveros’ “The Tuning Meditation,” a vocal improvisation for musicians and non-musicians alike. This will be followed by a discussion on ways we can listen vs. hear in our daily lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Deep Listening: Music and Mindfulness

Classical Music | Piano Works by Scarlatti and More


Eunbi Kim, piano, performs short solo sets of music by Scarlatti (1685-1757) and Sophia Jani and leads the audience in a group performance of Oliveros’ The Tuning Meditation, a vocal improvisation for musicians and non-musicians alike. This will be followed by a discussion on ways we can listen vs. hear in our daily lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Astro Live: Suiting Up for Space (online)


When NASA sends the first astronauts to explore near the lunar South Pole, Artemis astronauts will don intricately designed, next-generation spacesuits built by commercial providers that are uniquely tailored for the lunar environment. These suits will need to fit a broad range of crew members and will incorporate upgraded life-support systems and innovative tools while also allowing for a wider range of motion like never before. Hear from Kathryn Bock, a space suit test engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center, as she discusses the design and testing needed for the next-generation space suits that will protect astronauts as they live and work on the Moon and beyond!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Astro Live: Suiting Up for Space (online)

Dance Performance | Fiesta Odalan 45: Contemporary Dance Showcase


BALAM Dance Theatre opens its 45th anniversary season with the opulent spring showing, Fiesta Odalan 45. BALAM, a professional, non-profit dance company, offers a vision of contemporary cultural dance by combining ballet, modern and diverse cultural dance styles and historic periods. Fiesta Odalan 45 presents solos, duets, trios, and a quartet spotlighting a range of music, dance forms and movements from Indonesia, Peru, Spain and the United States from the 18th century to the present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Fiesta Odalan 45: Contemporary Dance Showcase

Performance | We Are Here: Holocaust Survivors and Students Collaborate (in-person and online)


This unique performance is the culmination of seven months of heartfelt collaboration between five Holocaust survivors and sixteen students. It honors and shares the survivors’ stories, celebrates these extraordinary individuals, and highlights the life-changing lessons they have imparted to the students. The performance is created based on the stories told by the Holocaust survivors to the high school students. On the stage, the survivors will be narrators while students will re-enact their wartime experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, We Are Here: Holocaust Survivors and Students Collaborate (in-person and online)

Performance | How I Survived the Lower East Side in the 70s with My A.M. Radio: One-Man Show


Director/composer/actor/singer Jose Joaquin Garcia has been active in the downtown theater scene for years, most specifically as a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater since 1986. "The only thing I know how to do is to perform," remarked Garcia. "I've tried doing other things, Honest to goodness, I've tried. But singing and performing brought me the most joy. That's when I'm in touch with my ancestors and I'm surrounded and I feel like Ooh, I can feel everybody who's come before me every time I hit that stage."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, How I Survived the Lower East Side in the 70s with My A.M. Radio: One-Man Show

Jazz | Acoustic Jazz Music in the Garden


Cheryl Pyle and the Beyond Flute group will be performing acoustic jazz music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Female Genius: Underground Rock (in-person and online)


Julie Hair and Marnie Jaffe blasted out of the Lower East Side underground rock scene of the 1980s and are still creating. Julie’s experience in the legendary art-rock band 3 Teens Kill 4 and Marnie’s Live Skull footprint inform their musicality. (The video for “Madeline” features deep-fake versions of the two when they were in their twenties lip-synching to the song.) Nikki D’Agostino, an avant-garde composer who teaches music technology at CUNY, moved from being a fan to an integral member of the group. Her free improv, skronk, and lyrical sax lines add gravitas to the electric and effected instrumentation. Experienced performers, they are equally at home playing in a nightclub or an art gallery, The trio of multi-instrumentalists Julie Hair, Marnie Jaffe, Nikki D’Agostino have recently joined forces with New York artist Janice Sloane on guitar. With their minimal arrangements; vocal-driven music; and bass loops layered with guitar, keyboards, percussion and sax; they seem to have found the sonic equivalent of “outsider art.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Female Genius: Underground Rock (in-person and online)

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Organ Music at a Beautiful Church


Mark Shepherd, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 19, 2024, 05/19/2024, Organ Music at a Beautiful Church
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