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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 17, 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! 22 free events take place on October 17 in New York City.
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Tue, October 17, 2017
22 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
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 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, 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
Free
City Walks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
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 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
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Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, New York One-Day Tour
Classical Music |
Home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series, the 113-year-old Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers a historically appropriate venue for the performance of early music in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Juilliard Historical Performance: Early Music
Workshop |
Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. This program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Public Speaking Workshop
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 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Talk |
Life in today’s world is stressful. People are anxious about their health, their finances, their relationships, their safety and their work. Doctor’s and medical practitioners are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety.  By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness, we have more control over our reactions towards life’s stressors.  Through meditation we can cope with the stresses of life. Meditation helps us replace anxiety with joy and peace. Dr. Frank Pawlowski delivers this informative lecture. There will even be a short meditation sitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Talks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
City Walk |
On this tour you not only learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center, starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
City Walks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Genealogy Essentials: Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Master Class |
Praised by Gramophone for her “staggering, joyful artistry” and “transformative presence in the arts,” internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns for a master class with artists from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Joyce DiDonato, Internationally Renowned Mezzo-Soprano
Lecture |
Pyong Gap Min, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College, will give a talk on his critique of Sara Soh’s rejection of the Japanese “comfort women” system as sexual slavery. According to Min, Soh’s 2008 book, The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan, is the only comprehensive English-language book that covers both the “comfort women” issue and the redress movement for the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery, but it has provided many controversial arguments.  Prof. Min will try to show that many of Soh’s arguments provided to reject the sexual slavery thesis conflict with facts and logically unsound. Prof. Min is completing a book project focusing the redress movement for the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
Free
Lectures, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Japanese 'Comfort Women' and Sexual Slavery
Talk |
The first Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features Joseph Calleja, from Malta, who is one of the world’s leading tenors. He sings Pollione in the Met’s new opening night production of Norma and will appear in the role through December. Calleja sings all the major roles of the Italian tenor repertoire in all the top theaters of the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Talks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Adventures in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin: A Conversation with Tenor Joseph Calleja
Opening Reception |
Geostories is a manifesto, developed by the design-research practice Design Earth, on the environmental imagination presented in architectural projects that engage the planetary scale with a commitment to the drawing as medium. This exhibition will present four subject-specific projects – After Oil, Of Oil and Ice, Pacific Aquarium and Trash Peaks – in the form of large scale drawings printed on canvas and mounted on wood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment
Poetry Reading |
Alex Dimitrov is the author of two collections of poems, Together and by Ourselves published by Copper Canyon Press this year, and Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013).  Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), which was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Poetry Readings, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Poetry Forum: Alex Dimitrov / Morgan Parker
Performance |
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Weekly guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Takes place Tuesdays May 2 -October 31 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Performances, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, High Line Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Talk |
Craig Gropper,  the artist’s grandson, discusses Gropper’s art from the political cartoons to murals, and how his convictions guided his life’s work but, ultimately, cost him his livelihood. After an accomplished career as a TV journalist, Craig Gropper decided to devote himself to the family business. He now manages his grandfather’s legacy. From the 1920s through the middle of the 20th century, artist William Gropper was one of the country’s best known social critics. His drawings and paintings challenged the powerful on behalf of the powerless, whether featured in newspapers and magazines or in galleries and museums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Talks, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, The Life and Work of Cartoonist William Gropper
Performance |
The library's popular sing along series returns to celebrate Hair, The Public Theater's first non-Shakespeare production that opened the Astor Place on October 17, 1967. The library's collection includes many one-of-kind artifacts related to the creation of Hair. See these rare materials, hear memories and insights from a parade of special guests, and sing along to live performances of your favorite Hair numbers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performances, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Hair Sing Along/Show and Tell
7:00 pm
Regular: $24
Member: $0
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Musicals, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Political comedy
Concert |
Moving Sounds Festival brings together fresh works, rare pairings and contemporary approaches to music, performance and visual media, drawing from past traditions, while balancing on the cutting edge of tomorrow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Experimental multi-media performer PAUL and percussionist Josef Klammer
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Broadway | Broadway show

Regular Price: $70
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Classical Music | Piano works by Debussy, Chopin and more

Regular Price: $40
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