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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 19, 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! 30 free events take place on October 19 in New York City.
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Thu, October 19, 2017
30 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 19, 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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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
Free
Park Walks, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Harlem Tour
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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10:00 am
Free
Fairs, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Street Fair
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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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.
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
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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
Free
Tours, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Open Mike |
Yes, you can be a poet! This is a collegial group who read and work together. Please bring 12 copies of your poem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Open Mikes, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Poetry Club
Film |
Stars: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton. A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. 82 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Miguel Arteta's Beatriz at Dinner (2017): Class Clash
Film |
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor. An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire. 88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story (1942): Cash-Poor Inventor
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussions, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Lecture |
Speaker Michael Paris is working on a book about the history and possible futures of school desegregation in the United States. For the past several decades, observers from across the political spectrum have agreed that this cause is dead. The main purpose of the book is to explore new possibilities for revival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Lectures, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Racial Liberalism and School Desegregation: The Connecticut Case of Sheff v. O'Neill
Concert |
International Contemporary Ensemble performs a concert celebrating their long-term collaboration with composer Sabrina Schroeder.   The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. “The new gold standard for new music” - The New Yorker “Extraordinary” - New York Times
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, International Contemporary Ensemble, “America’s foremost new-music group”
Concert |
Celebrated by critics and audiences around the world, The International Contemporary Ensemble is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created, experienced, and shared. When ICE comes to the Library, they offer more than concert, they involve the audience in a radical archiving experiment, where composers, performers, and audiences all share in the process of creating a new music work. For this first concert of a new ICE at the Library season, the imaginative and bold Sabrina Schroeder shares a new work for percussion with custom-built mechanisms and transducers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, The International Contemporary Ensemble: Collecting Sabrina Schroeder
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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Fall Birding Tour
Book Reading |
A talk and reception celebrating the publication of a beautiful new book by photographers Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum. In conversation with writer Amy Stein-Milford, the two will discuss their experience chronicling an iconic New York City neighborhood during a period of rapid change.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Remnants: Photographs of the Lower East Side: Two photographers discuss their book
Book Reading |
Celebrate the launch of Columbia University Press's newest series, the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. This series takes the full measure of the complexity and significance of capitalism, placing it at the center of the American experience. The event will feature the first two books in the series: - From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs by Joshua Clark Davis, University of Baltimore. - Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America by Josh Lauer, University of New Hampshire. Also on hand will be series co-editors Devin Fergus (Ohio State University), Louis Hyman (Cornell University), Bethany Moreton (Dartmouth), and Julia Ott (The New School). Food and beverages will be served.  
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism
Lecture |
This talk will present some of the significant historiographical contributions of studying religion in colonial Mexico from the starting point of laywomen's participation and experience. Looking at laywomen's interactions with clergy, ecclesiastical courts, sacraments and other church rituals, and cloisters, the larger study from which this talk is taken argues that women were central in the gradual process of creating colonial religious culture in New Spain. This talk synthesizes some of the most important findings of this larger study, focusing on the ways that centering laywomen impacts a number of historical and theoretical debates in the field of colonial Latin American history the history of early modern Catholicism. Speaker Jessica Delgado is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Troubling Devotion: Laywomen and the Making of Colonial Catholicism
Lecture |
Signal to Noise describes a contemporary mode of perception -- and practice, within our contemporary culture and acknowledges that cultural production today is set against an expanding backdrop of media and information. This superabundance of signals, images, and data points creates a congested context against which all public arts are read. Indeed the notion of public – and private- has been fundamentally altered by a technologically expanded sense of commons that extends across media formats and channels. Speaker: Eric Höweler at Höweler Yoon Architects
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Signal to Noise: The Superabundance of Data
Book Discussion |
This book tells the personal, untold story of the retranslation of the psalms contained in the current Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, which version has now become a standard. Johnson describes the role on the drafting committee played by the poet, W. H. Auden, whom the author replaced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussions, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, J. Chester Johnson's Auden, the Psalms, and Me
Book Reading |
The story of six ordinary ballplayers whose paths crossed in the 1947 World Series--and the ways that epic October changed their lives.
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Kevin Cook reads from his book Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever
Film |
A paixão de JL centers on the audio diary on tape cassettes that José Leonilson began in 1990, recording his emotions, daily life, and events taking place in Brazil and around the world. Over time, the recordings came to hold a new urgency when José Leonilson learned that he was HIV positive. 82 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Films, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Carlos Nader's A paixão de JL (2015): Documentary on Artist José Leonilson
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Since 2007, Mexico City-based band Ampersan has honored its close relationship with traditional Mexican music, while also embarking on cultural exchanges and embracing sound experimentation and contemporary classical music. Mixing traditional instruments with modern genres such as rock, jazz, and electronic, the band creates immersive musical poetry. Tonight, Ampersan leads us on an audiovisual journey through the different landscapes and sounds of Mexico and Latin America.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Traditional Mexican Music: Ampersan
7:30 pm
Regular: $36
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Concerts, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Piano works by Prokofiev and more
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 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Play |
A roundlet of thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, and inept swordplay – sound familiar? But this delirious farce was written by a sly, feminine hand…in the 17th century. Written by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Translated by Catherine Boyle. Directed by Melody Brooks.
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8:00 pm
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Plays, October 19, 2017, 10/19/2017, House of Desires: 17th Century Comedy
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