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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 12, 2022?

30 free events take place on Wednesday, October 12 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 October 12 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 October . 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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30 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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free events nyc Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Works by Bach for piano
free events nyc Seaport Walking Tour: Hidden History of the South Street Seaport's Architecture
free events nyc Great Expectations: Films as Cultural Mediators Between East Germany and the U.S.
free events nyc Paradise Found: An Erotic Treasury for Sybarites
        

Birdwatching | Battery Bird Walk


Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. He is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City.  He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Battery Bird Walk

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, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco


This event offers a unique setting to observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Figure Al Fresco

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
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Park Walks, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Discussion | Mental Health and Migration in Colombia


A discussion about responses to support mental health and wellbeing among Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia. The panel will focus on a current project in which Venezuelan and Colombian women are learning and delivering mental health strategies within their communities. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from this research and how these findings are playing a critical role in filling gaps for the Venezuelan community and can contribute to other mental health initiatives throughout the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Mental Health and Migration in Colombia

Talk | Artist Talk: Chasing the Humming of Life (online)


A virtual keynote presentation from artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The keynote presentation will be introduced by Rosalind Fredericks, followed by remarks from Eugenia Kisin and Keith Miller and a Q&A with the audience. This keynote presentation was originally scheduled as part of the Discard Studies Conference, in conjunction with the exhibition Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Chasing the Humming of Life, which is on display through October 13 at the Gallatin Galleries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Artist Talk: Chasing the Humming of Life (online)

Classical Music | Works by Bach for piano


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of works by Johann Sebastian Bach on piano in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Works by Bach for piano

Park Walk | Bat Walk (online)


Did you know Gotham was once a nickname for New York City? Although we don't have any masked superheroes fighting crime here, we do have a bunch of winged wonders fighting our mosquito problem! Learn how these almost entirely blind animals benefit New York on this walk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Bat Walk (online)

Concert | Voice of Crumb Part 1 (In Person AND Online)


The "expert and versatile musicians" (The New Yorker) of NOVUS NY celebrate George Crumb in two concerts titled Voice of Crumb. In Part 1, Crumb's works are paired with Crumb's pupil, Jennifer Higdon. Program George Crumb (1929 - 2022) Vox Balanae, Four Nocturnes Jennifer Higdon (1962 - ), Little River Songs Conor Hanick, piano Katie Hyun, violin Melissa Baker, flute George Crumb was an American composer of avant-garde contemporary classical music. Crumb's compositions are known for pushing the limits of technical prowess by way of frequent use of extended techniques. The unusual timbres he employs evoke a surrealist atmosphere which portray emotions of considerable intensity with vast and sometimes haunting soundscapes. His few large-scale works include Echoes of Time and the River (1967), which won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Music, and Star-Child (1977), which won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition; however, his output consists of mostly music for chamber ensembles or solo instrumentalists. Jennifer Higdon is an American composer of contemporary classical music. She has received many awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto and three Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto in 2010, Viola Concerto in 2018, and Harp Concerto in 2020. Elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019, she was a professor of composition at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1994 to 2021
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Concerts, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Voice of Crumb Part 1 (In Person AND Online)

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


A community of artists of all skill levels are inspired by our surroundings to create with drawing materials, pastels and watercolors. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of the verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk | Seaport Walking Tour: Hidden History of the South Street Seaport's Architecture


Several buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District are considered to be some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From taverns to warehouses, built by the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have big stories to tell. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York's greatness. Tours will be led together by the museum's Director of Collections and Manager of Engagement & Public Programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
City Walks, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Seaport Walking Tour: Hidden History of the South Street Seaport's Architecture

Book Discussion | American Primitive: Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver


Enjoy a discussion of Mary Oliver's Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry American Primitive (1983), a compilation of fifty poems about nature, the humanity in love, and the wilderness of America, both within our bodies and outside. Mary Jane Oliver (1935 - 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems in 1992, and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her fifth collection of poems American Primitive. Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild. It is characterised by a sincere wonderment at the impact of natural imagery, conveyed in unadorned language. Copies of American Primitive will be available at the circulation desk.
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Book Discussions, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, American Primitive: Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver

Birdwatching | Evening Fall Migration Walk


Witness the spectacle of autumn migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic Flyway to their tropical wintering grounds. Look for tanagers, warblers, and other neotropical migrants in the wilds of the park.
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Workshop | Yoga Wednesdays


A variety of yoga and meditation classes to make wellness and mindfulness more accessible to all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Yoga Wednesdays

Book Discussion | Paradise Found: An Erotic Treasury for Sybarites


For those who desire to expand their amorous repertoire and a lush visual complement to the groundbreaking Boudoir Bible. A celebrated pioneer in the field of sexology and erotic design, Vernon unlocks the secrets of the sensual realm, taking us on a visual journey to a sexual paradise. This enlightening, luxurious tome features Vernon's renowned "jewel-tools"--artisanal erotic jewelry and instruments of ecstasy of her own design coveted by collectors around the world--alongside extensive advice on their use to reach new levels of pleasure. With Betony Vernon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Paradise Found: An Erotic Treasury for Sybarites

Talk | Artist Talk: Design on Topography (online)


Welcome graphic and typeface designer Shiva Nallaperumal for a Genius on Display artist’s talk. Explore the talented designer’s amazing portfolio featuring work for a wide range of clients, including The New York Times, the NBA, and many more. Learn all about Nallaperumal’s unique approach to design and typography. Questions strongly encouraged!  
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Talk | Artist Talk: The Shape of Things


Experience the work of Bob Krasner and learn more about his artistic process through dialogue with fellow New York-based photographer and critic, Savannah Spirit. A multi-talented photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and other publications, Krasner’s current exhibition of abstract city views explore the intersection of the architecture and atmosphere of New York City.
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Discussion | Great Expectations: Films as Cultural Mediators Between East Germany and the U.S.


A conversation between the independent film curator Tobias Hering and Mariana Ivanova, Academic Director of the DEFA Film Library. The first larger showcase of films from East Germany in the U.S.A. took place only after diplomatic relations had officially been established between the two countries in 1974. Yet various forms of film relations had already existed since the 1950s, on a personal as well as on an institutional level. Such relations fed on the motivation and perseverance of individuals on both sides of the Iron Curtain and required finesse and mettle in skirting the demarcations of official politics. In this conversation, Mariana Ivanova and Tobias Hering will discuss their ongoing study of the GDR's international film relations. What made West German film producers Erich Mehl and Manfred Durniok, German-Jewish emigre Marta Feuchtwanger, American film historian Jay Leyda, or renegade filmmaker Emile de Antonio turn against the odds of Cold War politics and become what could be called cultural mediators?
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Great Expectations: Films as Cultural Mediators Between East Germany and the U.S.

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve.
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Screening | Americonned: Preview of New Film on Income Equality


A preview of the new film Americonned, about the deep and pervasive effects of income inequality in America and the impact on American workers. The documentary examines the hidden struggles of American families, the calculated political maneuvers of corporate America, and the long overdue uprising of American workers, exploring the question: How do we make sure workers are paid what they are worth, instead of believing they are only worth what they are paid? A post-screening discussion features director Sean Claffey and people appearing in the film, including Chris Smalls and Derrick Palmer, labor organizers who led the unionization effort at Amazon in Staten Island; Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology and director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality; and others.
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Book Discussion | Maria P. Vila: Secreto


Secreto was a project by Chilean artist María P Vila that involved different communities around the world through the compilation and sharing of secrets. Over three years, this work traveled to 26 cities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. A book was created in conjunction with the artist by Naranja Publicaciones as a result of this process.  
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Book Discussion | A conversation about the new book Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey


What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? That's a question Tricia Hersey, founder of the Nap Ministry, confronts in her debut publication Rest as Resistance: A Manifesto. Hersey will be joined by Dr. Joan Morgan, Program Director of the Center for Black Visual Culture at New York University. Hersey invites readers to reimagine the foundations for liberation, healing, and justice. Rest as Resistance casts an illuminating light on our troubled relationship with rest and how to imagine and dream our way to a future where rest is exalted. Our worth does not reside in how much we produce, especially not for a system that exploits and dehumanizes us. Rest, in its simplest form, becomes an act of resistance and a reclaiming of power because it asserts our most basic humanity. Tricia Hersey is an American poet, performance artist, and activist best known as the founder of the organization The Nap Ministry. She refers to herself as the Nap Bishop and advocates for the importance of rest as a racial and social justice issue. Hersey's work argues that sleep deprivation is a racial and social justice issue, and calls for rest as a form of resistance to white supremacy and capitalism. Hersey ties rest to American slavery, when enslaved Africans were regularly sleep deprived, and believes that rest disrupts that history and contemporary "grind culture". She contends that rest is key to Black liberation because it allows space for healing and invention. Hersey has tied Black exhaustion to continued experiences of oppression.
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Discussion | Art, Resistance, and New Narratives in Response to the War in Ukraine


In this evening of presentations and conversations, artists, researchers, and curators will delve deeply into artistic responses to the war in Ukraine, looking at the period between the Maidan revolution—which was followed by the annexation of Crimea and the occupation of Donbas in 2014—and the full-scale Russian invasion launched on February 24, 2022. Artists in Ukraine have long been reacting to the war. However, their voices seem only to have been amplified when the recent, brutal invasion started. Art created during the past eight years, and these very recent reactions, are already creating a future archive of the present that both documents the atrocities and proposes new narratives of art history.
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Film | A Bigger World (2019): Becoming a Shaman


Corine, depressed after her husband's death, travels to Mongolia to record native songs. The encounter with a shaman who senses her grief is a life-changing experience. Corine returns home but soon goes back to become a shaman herself. Director: Fabienne Berthaud Stars: Cécile de France, Narantsetseg Dash, Tserendarizav Dashnyam 99 min. In French with English subtitles
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Book Discussion | Before All the World: Three Love Stories in One


Moriel Rothman-Zecher on his mesmerizing, inventive new novel. In 1930s Philadelphia, three souls seize new life while haunted by the old. Nestled in this wild dream of a narrative are several love stories: two men of different countries and races who find comfort in each other; a man and a woman who spark each other’s lust through intellectual play; a woman and a boy who are the only survivors of their history; a man and the daughter he will never know. Rothman-Zecher explores the impossibility of escaping trauma, the necessity of believing in a better way ahead, and the power that comes from our responsibility to the future.
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Book Discussions, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, Before All the World: Three Love Stories in One

Reading | Freeman's: Animals: Magazine Reading


Featuring new work from Mieko Kawakami, Martin Espada, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Arthur Sze, Camonghne Felix, and more, the latest installment of the acclaimed literary journal Freeman's explores the irrevocably intertwined lives of animals and the humans that exist alongside them
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Staged Reading | Underground: Sacrificing for Black Liberation


A staged reading of Lisa B. Thompson's play. A surprise reunion of two old college buddies forces them to ask how far they are willing to go to insure Black liberation. The political thriller will be directed by Zishan Ugurlu, Associate Professor and Director of the Theater Program. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the playwright.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Composer/Vibraphonist Plays from His New CD


Composer Jay Hoggard’s music has touched the hearts and souls of listeners around Planet Earth for 40 years. Jay Hoggard has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators. Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy. He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone. Jay seamlessly blends jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms. His performance repertoire represents the three B’s of the jazz tradition (Blues, Bop, Ballads) with original innovations. Born in Washington, DC, Jay Hoggard was raised in Mt. Vernon, New York in a religious family.His father was a Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination. At age 15, Jay began playing the vibraphone. "One night I had a dream that I was playing the vibes. I asked my father to rent me a set and from the first moment, I knew that this was what I was supposed to do." Jay majored in the renown World Music program at Wesleyan University . He toured Europe and played at Carnegie Hall during his freshman year. In his junior year, he traveled to Tanzania to study East African marimba music. Jay graduated from Wesleyan in 1976 and returned to New York City in 1977 to be proclaimed a young lion of the vibraphone. Jay Hoggard has recorded 22 CD’s as a leader and over 50 as a collaborator. His newest CD, released in 2016 on the JHVM label, is HARLEM HIEROGLYPHS. This two disc recording features Gary Bartz saxophones, James Weidman piano,organ, Nat Adderley,Jr piano,organ, Belden Bullock bass, and Yoron Israel drums. Noted jazz writer Owen McNally recently declared in his Jazz Corridor column for WNPR.org :
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