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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 19, 2022?

30 free events take place on Wednesday, October 19 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 19 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 19, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, 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 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Fair | Street 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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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Tours, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Tour of New York City Hall

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Park Walk | Spooktastic Central Park Walk (online)


Central Park is far from scary, but there’s still plenty to inspire the Halloween spirit. Enjoy this spooktastic, Halloween-themed walk through the Park!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Spooktastic Central Park Walk (online)

Jazz | Jazz Wednesday


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Jazz Wednesday

Concert | Pipes at One (In Person AND Online)


Avi Stein, organist
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Pipes at One (In Person AND Online)

Screening | Sleepy Hollow (1999) starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci


Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. Directed by Tim Burton With Miranda Richardson, Christopher Lee, and Jeffrey Jones Rated R 106 minutes Enjoy a free screening of the film, as well as a recommended reading list based on the movie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Sleepy Hollow (1999) starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci

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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Workshops, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Elements of Nature Drawing

Lecture | Share your artwork with other artists (online)


Take part in a welcoming virtual environment where artists can feel comfortable showing and talking about their work, sharing information, and learning how to prepare for a studio visit and artist talk. Learn how to prepare for a studio visit and artist talk by sharing your artwork. This program will accomodate ten virtual studio visits followed by sharing resources on different aspects of being an independent artist. Each artist will be given five minutes to share their work along with five minutes to accept and answer comments and questions from other participants. This program is open to all artists regardless of the skill level or career status.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Share your artwork with other artists (online)

Screening | Imagine Science Film Festival (online)


The Imagine Science Film Festival, now in its 15th year, is an experimental interdisciplinary sci-art festival seeking to open new dialogues between scientists, filmmakers, and artists. Over the week of October 15 - 21, through an intersection of genres, subjects, fact and fiction, the festival will be exploring crucial scientific issues through film, panels, and collaborations, such as symbioses, a collaboration involving pairs of scientists and filmmakers who produce a film in one week and screen it on the last day of the festival. This year’s theme is Science New Wave. Scientific storytelling is increasingly and fearlessly experimenting in form and style. Scientific stories are becoming more personal and hybrid, tackling issues pertaining both to the individual and the world at-large. How are artists, scientists and educators working together to create singular narratives? The boundaries between scientific data and cinema magic are dissolving. Similar to developing organisms, science films are emerging with new traits and new forms. See link for complete line-up of films and conversations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Screenings, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Imagine Science Film Festival (online)

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Evening Fall Migration Walk

Film | Good Bye Lenin! (2003): Her Beloved East Germany


In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. Director: Wolfgang Becker Stars: Daniel Bruhl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova 121 min. In German with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Films, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Good Bye Lenin! (2003): Her Beloved East Germany

Book Discussion | Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth


Black women have higher rates of premature birth than other women in America. This cannot be simply explained by economic factors, with poorer women lacking resources or access to care. Even professional, middle-class black women are at a much higher risk of premature birth than low-income white women in the United States. In her book, Dána-Ain Davis looks into this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

Book Discussion | Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race (online)


Noémie Ndiaye presents her monograph which shows how the early modern mass media of theatre and performance culture at large helped turn blackness into a racial category. The book explores within a comparative and transnational framework the techniques of impersonation used by white performers to represent Afro-diasporic people in England, France, and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Becoming: Art and Narrative (online)


Author Vanessa A. Bee will be wih fellow writer Hannah Giorgis and Miatta Kawinzi, an artist, to discuss themes of migration and the immigrant experience through Bee’s newly released memoir, Home Bound. The conversation will explore how art and narrative represent the complexities of becoming and its many states through different but interrelated aesthetic practice. In both the States of Becoming exhibition and Bee’s memoir, the immigrant experience involves holding multiple states, spaces, bodies, and histories together and, within the chaos of it all, finding a self and a home or multiple versions of both. The art that captures this experience finds beauty and form in chaos. It captures flux, fluidity, and fragmentation—all things that hold imaginative possibilities.
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Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Becoming: Art and Narrative (online)

City Walk | Historic Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour


Local historian Jim Mackin leads a mixed group of visitors to the city and resident New Yorkers on a one-of-a-kind, always interesting, walk around the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
City Walks, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Historic Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour

Concert | Sacred Drumming for the Seven Black Madonnas


A concert/lecture featuring Alessandra Belloni, vocals & percussion, John La Barbera, music director, guitarist & composer of I Giullari di Piazza with Steve Gorn, bansuri flutes, saxophone, clarinet; Francesca Silvano, dancer; Peter De Geronimo, dancer. Special guest (live from Italy) Nando Citarella, Neapolitan singer, percussionist, teacher. This concert and lecture will provide a full immersion into the ancient drumming traditions and devotional chants in honor of the Black Madonna from the region of Campania. This powerful journey will introduce and transport the audience to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with folk music, processions, devotional drumming, and dance. It will feature Alessandra Belloni's field research taken during her most recent pilgrimage in Campania in August, 2022, with her students. It will provide a panoramic view of the sacred sites of the Black Madonna in this region, known in the Italian folk tradition as "the Seven Sisters." According to the local legend, there were seven Madonnas, all of them sisters. The last one was believed to be the ugliest so she ran away to a high mountain, Mount Partenio, so that the pilgrims would have to search very hard in order to find her. Having found her, they discovered that she was the most beautiful of the sisters, was Black, and they called her "Mamma Schiavona," the nurturing, serving mother, that can now be found in Montevergine. These Madonnas are connected to the seven Goddesses that are part of the ancient worship of Mother Earth and the Moon Goddesses, and the archetype of the African Mother, especially Isis from Egypt and Cybele from Anatolia (Turkey).
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Sacred Drumming for the Seven Black Madonnas

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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Discussion | Transforming Tragedy: from Pulse Nightclub to onePULSE Foundation


Hear the compelling story of Pulse Nightclub and the creation of onePULSE Foundation. Aiming to honor the victims and survivors of the largest terrorist attack on the LGBTQ+ community in the United States. Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse Nightclub and CEO of onePULSE Foundation, will expand on onePULSE’s vision for the National Pulse Memorial and Museum while Sebastian Baillet, co-chair of the Design & Construction Committee for the memorial and museum, will speak to the global design and construction effort involved in making the vision a reality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Transforming Tragedy: from Pulse Nightclub to onePULSE Foundation

Book Discussion | Black Power Kitchen: Culinary Resistance


Ghetto Gastro celebrates the launch of their first cookbook. Ghetto Gastro is a culinary collective that uses food as a platform to spark conversation about larger issues surrounding inclusion, race, access, and how food—and knowing how to cook—provides freedom and power. This panel conversation, moderated by Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian, and author of High on the Hog, centers on Black culinary traditions and food and art as tools for resistance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Black Power Kitchen: Culinary Resistance

Discussion | Making Sense of the Unpredictable Economy: The New York Times's Paul Krugman in Conversation (in-person and online)


While inflation has exploded across the US — creating volatility in gas, food, and housing prices — the Federal Reserve is increasing interest rates to slow the economy. Does that just replace one form of hardship with another for American families? How can we make sense of this unpredictable economy, with its high inflation and low unemployment, and what policies can help keep us out of a recession? Paul Krugman — distinguished professor of economics, Nobel laureate, and New York Times columnist — leads a panel of experts to help us understand these topsy-turvy economic times.  Featuring: Joseph E. Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, formerly of the US Federal Reserve Board and the US Treasury Department; Claudia Sahm, leader of the Macroeconomic Research initiative of the Jain Family Institute, formerly of the US Federal Reserve Board and President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers; and Karl Smith, an opinion columnist at Bloomberg and former vice president for federal policy at the Tax Foundation.
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Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Making Sense of the Unpredictable Economy: The New York Times's Paul Krugman in Conversation (in-person and online)

City Walk | Seaport Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport


Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city’s main port of entry at South Street. Walk to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, and learn about the typography on these historic buildings. Rain or shine.
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Book Discussion | Signal Fires: Consequences of a Fatal Accident


Dani Shapiro's book opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. Each of their lives, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken. On Division Street, time has moved on. When the Shenkmans arrive—a young couple expecting a baby boy—it is as if the accident never happened. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant, lonely son who marvels at the beauty of the world and has a native ability to find connections in everything, befriends Dr. Wilf, now retired and struggling with his wife’s decline, past events come hurtling back in ways no one could ever have foreseen.
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Book Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Signal Fires: Consequences of a Fatal Accident

Discussion | While We Are Still Here: Gentrification in Harlem (online)


Karen D. Taylor is the founder and executive director of While We Art Still Here, a 501 (c)(3) organization formed as a response to the threat that 409 and 555 Edgecombe history faced partially due to the passing of time, and partially due to  “gentrification,” which is rapidly altering the neighborhood of Sugar Hill and surrounding areas. Taylor will discuss her current initiative, Signs of the Times: Harlem Heritage Markers Project, which will install 25 local historic markers in the community in Spring 2023.  Taylor is driven by her passion to bring the cultural history of Harlem to the forefront of now, and to keep it relevant for generations to come. Inspired by the national discussion on “gentrification,” she is moved to steward the creation of programming that wraps the arts and humanities in a package that is a gift to the future. She consults as the director of public history for Columbia University/Teachers College’s Harlem Education History Project. She holds an MFA in Writing (Creative Nonfiction) from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BS in African-American Literature from the State University of New York, Empire State College. She has been a Harlem resident for more than thirty years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, While We Are Still Here: Gentrification in Harlem (online)

Classical Music | Symphonic Works by Mahler and More


Symphony Orchestra, led by George Manahan, performs works by Carlos Simon and Gustav Mahler. Manahan served as Music Director of the New York City Opera for fourteen seasons. He has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, as well as the symphonies of San Francisco, Hollywood Bowl. Masks must be worn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Symphonic Works by Mahler and More

Classical Music | Piano Works by Modern Composers (In Person and Online)


Qilin Sun, piano Huang Hu-Wei (1932 - ) Pictures from Bashu Wang Jian-Zhong (1933 - 2016) Three Stanzas on Plum Blossoms Chen Qi-Gang (1951 - ) Instants d'un Opera de Pekin Zhang Zhao (1964 - ) Numa Ame Wen Zi-Yang (1998 - ) Ode to Land Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953) Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 19, 2022, 10/19/2022, Piano Works by Modern Composers (In Person and Online)
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