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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 5, 2017?

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 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! 32 free events take place on October 5 in New York City.
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Thu, October 5, 2017
32 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 5, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Park Walk |
This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, starting in front of the beautiful American Museum of Natural History. From there enter the park and explore, seeing everything from a castle to the wild-looking Ramble. See an Ancient Egyptian obelisk and the place where Stuart Little raced his sailboat in the E.B. White children’s classic. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. There will be many wonderful photo opportunities throughout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Park Walks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Central Park Tour - Middle Section
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Harlem Tour
Other |
10:30am-11:00am: Memorial talk with Park Ranger. 11:00am-12:30pm: CASPLASH Entertainment (Memorial) 1:00pm-2:00pm: Historical Reenactment “In their steps: a walk in the steps of the enslaved”- Living Historian Cheyney McKnight brings the world of 18th Century enslaved Africans in New York alive. Walk with her through a day in their lives, highlighting food preparation, enslaved community interactions, work conditions, child rearing, internal economics and spirituality. (St. Luke School-3rd grades) 2:15pm-3:15pm: Spoken word performances by Verbal Artisan (Multipurpose Room) 3:30 to 5:00 pm: Delores Walters – The Legacy of Margaret Garner: Lessons of Survival and Empowerment for Today (30th Floor) Evening Program Awards Reception and Panel Discussion 6:30pm: Reception 6:45 pm: Award ceremony 7:15pm-8:30pm: Panel discussion - The African Burial Ground: The Rediscovery; Recounting the struggle for Memorialization of the African Burial Ground 8:30-8:45pm: Question & Answer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Others, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, The African Burial Ground National Monument: Teaching Our Children
City Walk |
Join a tour of The Battery, a 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more. Every Thursday from September 7 to October 26, 2017.
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1:00 pm
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City Walks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Tour The Battery
Workshop |
Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Subway Art Tour
City Walk |
Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Film |
Stars: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen. A long-married, dispassionate couple, on the brink of calling it quits, reignite the spark between them. 97 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Azazel Jacobs' The Lovers (2017): Bored Couple's Rediscovery
Film |
Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp. A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. 99 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Lewis Allen's The Uninvited (1944): Haunted House
Lecture |
Inequality is centre-stage in political debate both globally and in individual countries, being blamed for everything from Brexit and the rise of populism to stagnating wages and growth. This talk, based on the findings of a three-year research programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford, will seek to tease out why this is so and identify central unanswered questions about the drivers of inequality and what policy responses to it should be. Speaker Brian Nolan is Director of the Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free
Lectures, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Inequality and Prosperity
Birdwatching |
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatchings, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Fall Birding Tour
5:30 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between: A Memoir of a Parent's Disappearance
Talk |
Writer Erica Jong joins Elisabeth Ladenson for a lively discussion about the French author Colette. Erica Jong is an American novelist and poet, whose reputation was first established with Fear of Flying, published in 1973, which created a sensation with its frank treatment of women's sexuality. She has since published more than twenty books, including novels, volumes of poetry, and essays. Her most recent novel is entitled Fear of Dying. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Talks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Colette, Writing, and Sex in Literature, with Bestselling Author Erica Jong
Discussion |
How does the constructed environment promote or inhibit resilience? Dr. Sharon Sutton, Jennifer Bolstad, and Walter Meyers of Local Office, will present and discuss tangible and intangible forms of social and environmental resilience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Social and Environmental Resilience
Discussion |
Interviews can be friendly, contentious, cunning, intimate. And encounters with reporters can shape how individuals feel about “journalism” or “the media.” So what does it mean for a reporter to treat someone fairly? What are reporters looking for from the people they interview? And what would it mean to take a user-centered approach to interviewing? Hear from three guests who have reflected on what it's like to be on both sides of the story. Moderated by: Blake Eskin, Assistant Professor, Journalism + Design  Guests: - Ray Suarez, Visiting Professor, Amherst College; former Chief National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour - Julia Dahl MFA ’04; novelist; reporter, CBS News  - Paul Ford, Contributor, Bloomberg Businessweek; co-host, Track Changes podcast
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, On Interviewing and Being Interviewed
Discussion |
Romani people – Roma – have been migrating west for hundreds of years. The most recent wave of mass migrations from Central and Eastern Europe began in the 1970s and increased in the 1990s after the fall of the Communist regimes there. The situation of migrant Roma in Italy, whose number is estimated at around 75,000, has been particularly difficult, in large part because of the inadequate housing situation in many urban areas, where a substantial proportion of Roma still live in camps. This panel discussion will start with a screening of the short film Roma settlements in Rome (20 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles) and will then look at the situation in Italy. It will then consider, for comparison, the situation of Roma migrants in the USA from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania. Participants: Ion Dumitru, former officer for Orientation of Roma and non-Roma immigrants (Comune di Roma) David Forgacs, NYU Carol Silverman, University of Oregon
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Roma Migrations: Stories from Italy and the USA
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Chinua Achebe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Things Fall Apart: Classic of Modern Literrature
Film |
Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley. A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. 77 min.
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6:30 pm
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Films, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Rene Clair's I Married a Witch (1942): Magical Revenge
Concert |
Featuring vocalist Lainie Cooke. Also with Miki Yamanaka, piano; Matthew Parrish, bass; Ralph Peterson, drums; and Myron Walden, saxophone. 
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7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, From Abbey Lincoln to Valerie Simpson: The Music and Lyrics of Women
Performance |
An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Written in collaboration with director Cecilia Rubino, Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. Run time is 75 minutes with no intermission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Performances, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, The Tar Sands Songbook: Documentary Theater That Asks Us to Reconsider Our Relationship with Oil
7:00 pm
Regular: $24
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Musicals, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Political comedy
Play |
It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential election, the GOP backs a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. Christopher Chen's wild and surreal comedy skewers all political parties to the point it becomes indiscernible of what is satire – and what is today’s frightening reality. This production is part of The College of Performing Arts' School of Drama New Visions Directing Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race: A Surreal Comedy
Tour |
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s The Duke of Bachata, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s “Bachata” compilation. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Soriano blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down-to-earth spirit and danceability, preserving bachata’s roots and expanding on them.  
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Joan Soriano, Afro-Dominican and Bachata Musician
Film |
A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk. 94 min.
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7:30 pm
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Films, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Marcin Wrona's Demon (2015): Polish Horror-Comedy
Classical Music |
The Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits has established her reputation as a brilliant solo artist. Her program features contemporary music by Manuela Kerer and Vivian Fung, romantic works by Alexander von Zemlinsky, and witty musical gems by Ernst Toch, alongside music by Ludwig van Beethoven and George Gershwin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits performs
City Walk |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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City Walks, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
9:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Concerts, October 05, 2017, 10/05/2017, Tribute to great jazz and blues singers
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Classical Music | Piano works by Mozart, Chopin and more

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