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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 16, 2019?

46 free events take place on Saturday, November 16 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 November 16 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 November . 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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46 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Saturday, November 16, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour
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Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Morning Fitness

Symposium | 100 Years of Scholar Activism


A symposium to celebrate and critically reflect on the university’s 100-year commitment to scholar activism and public engagement. Collaboratory symposia are designed through a participatory process to nurture interdisciplinary partnerships, grapple with new and long-sustained challenges, and create an inclusive setting for generative discussions with peers on best practices for ensuring equity and impact in academic-community collaborations. Through partnership with Imagining America, the event brings together experienced faculty and community partners from universities and colleges in the region to jointly envision a more just and resilient future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, 100 Years of Scholar Activism

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, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Birding Basics: The Ramble


Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Central Park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the Ramble, a vibrant woodland habitat and a tranquil spot to meander along winding paths. Explore its variety of wildlife, while learning tips and tricks for spotting and identifying birds. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from our tour guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Birding Basics: The Ramble

City Walk | CANstruction at Winter Garden Manhattan and Brooklyn Tour


Canstruction at Winter Garden (Manhattan and Brooklyn: Statues & Outdoor Monuments), City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park. Relaxed walking, slight inclines, about five to six hours. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, CANstruction at Winter Garden Manhattan and Brooklyn Tour

Workshop | Day of Mindfulness


Mindfulness means awareness of the present. For example, noticing a flower as if for the first time, with a sense of wonder. Meditation means stabilizing your attention. For example, noticing your breath, on purpose, and learning to work with thoughts that pop into awareness uninvited. This will be a day for mindfulness and meditation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Day of Mindfulness

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fairs, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Street Fair

Discussion | How Does Architecture Distribute the Sensible?


Philosopher Jacques Rancière's will debate his philosophy of equality, aesthetics, dissensus and the question of how architecture “distributes the sensible” with four architectural theorists: Peggy Deamer, Anthony Vidler, Michael Young and Joan Ockman. Joseph Bedford will introduce and moderate the panel discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, How Does Architecture Distribute the Sensible?

City Walk | Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour


Learn about the making of New York City's most notable and celebrated public squares. Then, take a stroll down New York's most famous street--learn about its origins as a Lenape trail, and how it eventually became the main artery of the most populous city in the United States. Finally, we walk through scenic SoHo, exploring both the neighborhood's recent history as well as some sordid tales from centuries past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:30 am
Free
City Walks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour

Staged Reading | Extracted: An Allegorical Tale About Modern Politics and Immigration


Equity Library Theater presents Extracted reading of a play by Dwayne Yancey. A truck driver sleeping in his cab in southern California is awoken by someone banging on his door. He opens it to find two teen-age girls who say they desperately need a ride back to New York -- Sam says she's rescued her sister Libby from drug gangs in Los Angeles and needs to get her home to her family. Thus begins a strange, cross-country journey full of mysterious characters -- and a dark allegorical tale about modern politics and immigration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Extracted: An Allegorical Tale About Modern Politics and Immigration

Talk | Modern Art Meetup


This meetup is designed to help anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. Themes can provide an effective structure for engaging with art. Meetup participants receive a pass to MoMA to continue the conversation in MoMA’s galleries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Modern Art Meetup

Discussion |
A School for Creating Humans? Bauhaus Education and Aesthetics Revisited


A workshop led by Nana Adusei-Poku, with Carmen Mörsch, Coco Fusco, and Mabel O. Wilson
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Discussions, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, A School for Creating Humans? Bauhaus Education and Aesthetics Revisited

Gallery Talk | Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour


The collection of Audrey B. Heckler is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a consistent attention on American classics, a curiosity for European art brut, and a search for international discoveries. For the last twenty-seven years, Heckler has surrounded herself with excellent examples by the most significant artists associated to this art niche, among them Emery Blagdon, Aloïse Corbaz, William Edmondson, August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez, Thornton Dial, and Anna Zemánková.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

Staged Reading | The Tragedy Of King Lear


The Tragedy Of King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of a king who bequeaths his power and land to two of his three daughters, after they declare their love for him in an extremely fawning and obsequious manner. His third daughter gets nothing, because she will not flatter him as her sisters had done. When he feels disrespected by the two daughters who now have his wealth and power, he becomes furious to the point of madness. He eventually becomes tenderly reconciled to his third daughter, just before tragedy strikes her and then the king.
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Staged Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, The Tragedy Of King Lear
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Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Tour de Force Multimedia Performance About Art

Film | 12 Strong (2018): Special Forces in Afghanistan


12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. 130 min. Director: Nicolai Fuglsig. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena. 12 Strong grossed $46.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $24.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $70.8 million, against a production budget of $35 million.[25]
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, 12 Strong (2018): Special Forces in Afghanistan

Film | Chicago (2002): Six Time Oscar Winning Musical With Renée Zellweger And Catherine Zeta-Jones


Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention. 113 min. Director: Rob Marshall. Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere.  Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. The film was critically lauded, and was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1968. 
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Films, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Chicago (2002):&nbsp;Six Time Oscar Winning Musical&nbsp;With Ren&eacute;e Zellweger And Catherine Zeta-Jones

Dance Performance | Insects in Heat: New Dance


The Harold Clurman for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater presents Insects in Heat, created and performed by Dawn Akemi Saito.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Insects in Heat: New Dance

Workshop | Creative Writing Class


Attendees will discover the value of their own stories. Participants are requested to commit to attending all sessions if possible. This is an ongoing session taking place every Saturday at 2:00 pm.
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Workshops, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Creative Writing Class

Talk | How the 1961 Freedom Riders Hijacked Their Mississippi Mugshots


In 1961 the Freedom Riders filled the jails in Jackson, Mississippi and helped end segregation in bus and train stations across the South. The Riders’ “jail-no-bail” strategy—one which used the state’s power against itself by causing it to incur expenses rather than profit from Riders’ incarceration—also resulted in an upending of the mugshot process, leaving behind 329 photographs that indicted not their subjects but the apartheid state of Mississippi. The 329 portraits that remain are compelling and frequently stellar. Eric Etheridge, author and photographer of Breach of Peace: Photographs of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, will discuss how the mugshots were made, how they survived, and the two murals he has made for The Criminal Type: one of which features the only the forward-facing mugshots, the other featuring only the profile mugshots. He will also discuss their relationship with earlier images, especially the 1850 Zealy slave daguerrotypes (several of which are also on exhibit in The Criminal Type).
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Talks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, How the 1961 Freedom Riders Hijacked Their Mississippi Mugshots
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Revival Of A Broadway Hit From 1960s
2:15 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Jazz and Hip Hop Fusion

Classical Music | Internationally Acclaimed Concert Pianist


Radoslaw Sobczak performs two epic, romantic sonatas by revolutionary Polish composers Karol Szymanowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Internationally Acclaimed Concert Pianist

Gallery Talk | Out of the Shadows: Photographs of New York City 1980-1992


Photographer Marcus Leatherdale discusses his exhibition.
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3:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Out of the Shadows: Photographs of New York City 1980-1992
3:00 pm
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Broadway Performer in a "Powerful" Play
3:00 pm
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Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Comedy for kids!

Workshop | Writing workshop


Looking for a space to share your writing and receive feedback from other writers? Then this new writing workshop which is open to writers of all levels waits for you! And for those who are shy, each person's work will be shared in an anonymous manner. Participants can bring any work that they'd like to share. All forms of writing are accepted (i.e. screenplay, nonfiction, poetry, fiction, etc) and at all stages (first draft, final draft, anything in between). Print-outs will be collected at the beginning of the session and then redistributed anonymously, to be read aloud and discussed amongst the group. Depending on the size of the group, how much work each person can share will be decided (to begin, it is suggested to bring no more than 500 words).
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Workshops, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Writing workshop

Author Reading | Waiting for Bojangles: In Love With His Wife


Olivier Bourdeaut presents his debut novel. Told from the perspective of a young boy who idolizes his parents--and from George's journals, detailing his epic love story with his wife--Waiting for Bojangles is a "lighthearted and yet sorrowful tale" (San Francisco Chronicle) that will stay with you long after the final page.
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4:00 pm
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Author Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Waiting for Bojangles: In Love With His Wife
4:00 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, French music and tango
5:00 pm
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Theaters, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, "This show could change your life"

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Partial Eclipse


In conjunction with the current exhibition Partial Eclipse, the gallery will present: 5pm: Anton Ginzburg and Dasha Shishkin Artist Talk, moderated by Matvei Yankelevich, founder of Ugly Duckling Press 6pm: Performance by Tamio Shiraishi and Nina Rosalind Dante
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Gallery Talks, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Artists Talk: Partial Eclipse
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Classic Love Songs
5:35 pm
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Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Improvised Interactive Musical Comedy!

Author Reading | The Incompletes: Reconstructing a Friend


Sergio Chejfec's book begins with a simple promise. But to try to get at the complete meaning of the day’s events, the narrator must first take us on an international tour—from the docks of Buenos Aires, to Barcelona, until we check in at the gloomy Hotel Salgado with the narrator’s transient friend Felix in Moscow. From scraps of information left behind on postcards and hotel stationery, the narrator hopes to reconstruct Felix’s stay there. With flights of imagination, he conjures up the hotel’s labyrinthine hallways, Masha, the captive hotel manager, and the city’s public markets, filled with piles of broken televisions.
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Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Comedy

Jazz | Tribute To Jazz Musician With Eleven Grammies


A tribute to the great jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, featuring Michael Cochrane and Brandon Vazquez. Jazz Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter's many compositions have become jazz standards, and his output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations. Shorter has won 11 Grammy Awards. The New York Times described Shorter in 2008 as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser."
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Tribute To Jazz Musician With Eleven Grammies

Dance Performance | Insects in Heat: New Dance


The Harold Clurman for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater presents Insects in Heat, created and performed by Dawn Akemi Saito.
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Dance Performances, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Insects in Heat: New Dance

Author Reading | Jakarta: A Confined Man


In a chaotic city, the latest in a line of viruses advances as a man recounts the fated steps that led him to be confined in a room with his lover while catastrophe looms. As he takes inventory of the city’s ills, a strange stone distorts reality, offering brief glimpses of the deserted territories of his memory. With author Rodrigo Márquez Tizano.  
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Author Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Jakarta: A Confined Man

Concert | Works By Handel, Mendelsson, Bellini And More


Newly written hymns will be presented together with opera arias new and old. The first half of the program will be a performance of the hymns by the cast of opera singers, and the second half will include arias by G. F. Handel, W. A. Young, F. Mendelsson, G. Bellini, P. Mascagni, G. Puccini, and L. Refice Performers Costa Tsourakis, Cheryl Warfield, Madison McIntosh, Ulla Westlund, Tristan Cano.
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Works By Handel, Mendelsson, Bellini And More
8:00 pm
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, A Play About World-Famous American Writer
8:00 pm
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Concerts, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Chamber Music by Debussy, Ravel and More
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Drama By Seven Time Emmy Winning Writer
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Plays, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Revival Of A Broadway Hit From 1960s
9:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Stand Up Comedy
11:00 pm
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Musicals, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Horror Musical
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Play | A Play by Obie Winner, directed by Tony Winner

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