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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 14, 2023?

46 free events take place on Saturday, October 14 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 14 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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46 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, October 14, 2023

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free events nyc Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers
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Hike | City of Forest Day: Nature Exploration


Nature exploration activities on City of Forest Day, a citywide effort to raise awareness and celebrate New York City’s urban forest. The park is home to over 30,000 trees of more than 175 species. Each of these trees is an important part of our thriving wildlife habitat and home to many species of mammals, birds and bugs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Hike | Park Super Hike


Soak up the vast adventure the park has to offer as you explore its history, flora and fauna.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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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
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatching | Fall Bird Tour


A morning bird walk with environmental educator, ecologist, and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow, who brings years of experience birding in NYC and beyond and will guide you as we explore the Island’s natural habitats in search of feathered friends. Borrow a pair of binoculars or bring your own! This tour is geared toward adults, though all ages are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Hike | Forest Ecology Hike


1.5 hour interpretive forest ecology hike through the woods of the park. Visit various sites and discuss the living and non living components that make up a healthy forest ecosystem. Proper footwear for hiking on trails is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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
10:00 am
Free

Park Walk | Park Trail & Ecology Walk


A guided hike on the Blue Trail, where you will learn about the construction of the trail, history of the restoration sites along the trail and general ecology related to the natural area they are working in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Hike | Tree Walk in a Historic Cemetery


Trees New York's arborist Sam Bishop, leads a tree walk at a historic Brooklyn cemetery. Learn about their trees. With more than 3,000 and winding tree-lined roadways, originally planned in 1849 by noted landscape architect A.J. Downing, the cemetery is accredited as a Level II Arboretum. Look at common and some less common trees in the cemetery's 225 acres, discuss the things that make them unique, and how they improve our environment. The route is a little over 1/2 mile on roads, with uphill and downhill grades. Event is rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Urban Forest Tree Walk


An Urban Forest Tree Walk of Staten Island's historic neighborhoods of New Brighton and St. George. The tour will highlight some wonderful neighborhood great trees located within a NYCHA housing complex, along the street and in private gardens. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times on the hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walk | CANCELLED***Autumn Mushroom Walk***CANCELLED


Expert mycologist Paul Sadowski, of the New York Mycological Society and the New York Botanical Garden, for a fungus tour of the park, one of New York City's oldest woodlands. Walk among the park's varied habitats in search of mushrooms large and small, edible, inedible or just plain poisonous.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walk | City of Forest Day Foraging Walk


Our street trees do so much: cool our homes, clean the air, mitigate storm water, provide habitat for wildlife…but did you know they can, at times, provide food and medicine for us as well? During this urban canopy foraging walk, you’ll learn the history and culinary uses of some of our most common street trees. Sample a few tasty treats along the way, and imagine a future where our streets are clean enough to eat off of. WARNING: The consumption of novel and/or wild foods is voluntary and done at event participant’s own risk. Folks with food allergies, complex health challenges, or who are pregnant/nursing should use an abundance of caution. All participants are expected to sign the accompanying liability waiver prior to attending the event. Enter the park at 20th and Avenue C.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Discussion | Igniting Resistance: A Conversation with Colectivo Cherani


2022-2024 Jane Lombard Fellow Colectivo Cherani is a collective and artistic initiative from Michoacan, Mexico. The collective emerged first as a political movement following the Purépecha community uprising in 2011 to counter deforestation and violent threats posed by illegal logging and organized crime, backed by political corruption. Led by women, the uprising kicked out the logging cartel and established their autonomy, legally recognized by the Constitution of Mexico, and have since maintained a traditional self-governing structure to collectively enforce and protect Purépecha territory and people. As a part of this mobilization and political restructuring, Colectivo Cherani shaped a cultural movement to energize and maintain the artistic expression of the Purépecha, and especially recuperating and activating at risk Indigenous traditions. Through a range of artistic approaches, from murals to film, artisanal crafts and painting, Colectivo Cherani kindles spaces and moments of collective resistance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Movement and Art Experience


Ash Rucker, movement educator and founder of Therapart, leads a workshop to liberate yourself, meditate, move, and create. This movement and art experience will allow you to drop into self, exploring your inner world to make space and growth to move through things in your outer world. This workshop will help you unlock and unblock to reach your highest potential and provide the tools to dive deeper into how emotions live in our minds, bodies, and souls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tour | Teaching Forest Walk


Journei Bimwala, a clinical herbalist, foraging practitioner, educator and outreach coordinator of the New York Mycological Society, will lead an educational walk in the Mosholu forested area identifying medicinal plants and mushrooms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hike | City of Forest Day: Forest Ecology Hike


Hike through the park and identify the many magnificent and old trees in the park as well as learn about the wondrous gifts our native trees and plants provide for us. You will leave knowing how to identify at least one new tree!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walk | City of Forest Day: Tree Tour


Mal­colm Gore, Arborist at the Trust, leads a walk­ing tour to learn about the Island’s col­lec­tion of 3,000+ trees and the Trust’s Hor­ti­cul­ture team’s efforts to sup­port this diverse urban canopy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concert | Tilted Axes; Outfits & Ensembles


Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an ensemble created and led by composer Patrick Grant. The project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by the tradition of urban street bands, avant-garde theater, and ancient music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change the conversation. They perform their latest spectacle, an ensemble of mobile electric guitars and percussion perform original music with choreography. The ensemble uses their traditional black and turquoise concert dress to define the liminal threshold of their imaginary proscenium in public spaces. In this work, the members will be taking this concept many steps further with changes of costume and color-coded accessories. Using the language of clothes combined with new music and movement, the group will create a narrative performance that communicates ideas of inclusion, and even exclusion, using the language of clothes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | On Learning Together


How can trust lead to growth and reflection, and create capacity for collective learning and studying? Bringing together 2022-2024 Jane Lombard Fellow’s ARAC (Another Roadmap Africa Collective) and KUNCI Study Forum & Collective from Indonesia, this conversation focuses on experimental pedagogies and solidarities within arts education. ARAC’s Lineo Segoete from ARAC (Another Roadmap Africa Collective) and KUNCI’s Rifki Akbar Pratama share their strategies for creating spaces for collective learning, alternative curriculums and school infrastructures through their on-going project School of Improper Education. Joining the collectives in conversation to explore art and education as a site of learning is Sarah Rifky, Senior Curator and Director of Programs at The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Battle of the Cities: Urban Warfare on the Eastern Front (online)


The Stalingrad battle and the Leningrad siege were just two of the brutal, devastating urban conflicts that marked the awful struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The cities were strategic fixed points in the sweeping advances and retreats of the opposing armies across eastern Europe. Yet no one has concentrated on these city battles before or has sought to tell the story of the campaigns through the fighting that took place in and around them. That is Anthony Tucker-Jones’s purpose in this concise and vivid history of the urban war on the Eastern Front.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Strategy and the Second World War: How the War Was Won, and Lost (online)


Jeremy Black's book is a concise, accessible account of strategy and the Second World War. How the war was won . . . and lost..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hike | City of Forest Day: Island Hike


Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through one of these urban forests on the island.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concert | New and Old Accordion Works


Accordionist Dr. William Schimmel and his team perform a provocative array of new accordion works, as well as new takes on old ones. From The Mexican Hat Dance, to Wozzeck, to Zen Blues, Schimmel and company will cross all borders. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Festival | Prelude Festival 2023


Dozens of performances, panels, artists talks, and more at various venues across the city from October 7-27. See link for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Farming 101: Seed Saving


Learn the process of seed saving for vegetables and flowers, and take home some seeds of your own to plant this fall and next spring  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Emily (2022): biographical drama


In this semi-fictional account, Emily Bronte desires personal and artistic freedom but struggles within the boundaries of her family and society. She finds a way to channel her creative ability into writing a novel. Director: Frances O'Connor Cast: Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alexandra Dowling, Amelia Gething, Adrian Dunbar, Gemma Jones
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Performance | Forest Song: A Musical Performance (In a Park)


Forest Song is originated by artist and composer John P. Hastings who has created a number of site-specific performances, including Cloudsplitter in 2021. Forest Song utilizes a large ensemble spread throughout a park performing a variety of sonic materials. Harmonies are reflected, words appear, and the melodies from revolutionary hymns are recycled, all conjuring a human and arboreal conversation. Over the course of an hour performance, the audience is free to wander the park, to hear the musicians at a distance, while also observing them close-by. Myths and stories swirl around forests, some of them fanciful and fantastic, others feed into age-old tropes of colonial settlement. They have been many things to humans: a source of fuel, shelter, fear. They are a place of mystery and repose. Forest Song takes these many iterations of human conception of the forest to fashion a poly-narrative: a Native American home, a European folk drama, a technocratic “shelterbelt,” and now a conserved piece of the future. Forests are a mirror for humans: the reflection of wants and desires throughout years of existence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Sixth Sense (1999), Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and Starring Bruce Willis


Young Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable. Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment M. Night Shyamalan is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for making original films with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings. Bruce Willis is an American former actor. He achieved fame with a leading role on the comedy-drama series Moonlighting (1985–1989) and appeared in over a hundred films, gaining recognition as an action hero after his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988–2013) and other roles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Dance Performance | City of Forest Day Dance


City of Forest Day is a daylong community event. At 2pm, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance performs two ecologically-themed works exploring the connections between humans and their habitat. Radically transformed by costuming fashioned from hundreds of plastic bags, the dancers of Plastic Harvest appear as frolicking and foraging creatures arisen from the anthropocene. The piece creates a surreal spectacle while provoking contemplation about the beauty of that—and who—society throws away.  Following, the company performs Arbor which explores human kinship with trees. In voluminous costumes meticulously-painted with tree limbs (by textile artist Gina Nagy Burns and costume designer Mary Jo Mecca), the dancers spiral, billow, and encircle one another in gusts of action resembling timelapses of arboreal motion. Both works deepen the climate-engaged collaboration between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concert | Forest Song: Musicians in Nature


Forest Song is a musical performance that takes place in the last, original site of Pre-Columbian Mannahatta. Nestled within a valley, near ancient glacial potholes, caves, and cold springs, musicians are spread throughout the forest, performing a variety of sonic materials. Harmonies are reflected, words appear, and the melodies from revolutionary hymns are re-cycled, all conjuring a human and arboreal conversation. A Forest Song gathers everyone together over distance, a unitary statement that underscores the fundamental relationships that foster all our existences in this world. Over the course of an hour performance, the audience is free to wander the park, to hear the musicians at a distance, while also observing them close-by. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Island Bird Tour


Nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on Governors Island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the birdlife the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Talk | Meet the Beekeeper


Have you ever seen the magic that goes on inside a beehive? Immerse yourself in this rare opportunity to learn the secrets and wonders of bees. Meet the gentle worker bees making honey, see firsthand that bees are gentler than you may have imagined, and if you’re lucky, say hello to the Queen Bee! Led by a Bee Conservancy’s staff beekeeper, this hive dive will give an up close and personal view of colony life in TBC’s Bee Sanctuary. It will also highlight the bee world beyond honey bees, who only make up 8 of the world’s 20,000 bee species! Learn about cavity nesters, ground nesters, and conservation steps you can take to help all bees and their habitats. You will leave the experience with a deeper appreciation for the tireless and impactful work of bees, which pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and 80% of the world’s flowering plants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Lecture | On Space, or Putting the Ruang in ruangrupa


ruangrupa regards space as their primary material. You can see it reflected in last year’s documenta fifteen, arguably their best known and largest to date public endeavor in sustaining many inter-lokal networks and relationships through lumbung. It is also indicative of how they began (like many other Indonesian collectives) by renting house after house in the south of Jakarta. In this lecture, ruangrupa member farid rakun shares a story of using space as a guiding tool to give some sense to the collective’s journey to date. Ruang, or “space”  in Bahasa Indonesia, rooted in Sanskrit, acts as one of the primary sources of energy in the collective’s interventions and activities. It has remained a constant—a driving force that has found various translations since the collective was founded in 2000: from versions of ruru houses (or huis, or haus), to exhibitions at institutional spaces, or different strategies they have carried out in their own localities. The establishment of the informal educational platform Gudskul in 2018, done hand-in-hand with Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara, functions as the latest iteration of this translation. Space is also a source of collective struggles, a source that has made practices like ruangrupa, like many others they’ve met along the way, worthwhile in sustaining. Space makes it possible to create bonds, to build solidarities, and more. Followed by a toast and reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Killing the Negative: A Conversation in Art & Verse


A reading and discussion of Quraysh Ali Lansana and Joel Daniel Phillips' collaborative book, with guest contributors. A multi-year collaborative project, Killing the Negative is an ekphrastic response to the destruction of Depression-era photography of rural America — photos that were originally commissioned by the Farm Security Administration and destroyed by the administration's own director. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Poets of Broadstone Books


Dive into the poetic realm where the lines blur between reality and the imagined world of telenovelas, as Broadstone Books poets guide the audience through narratives that intertwine the dramas of life with the essence of clear-eyed truths. Like a heartfelt episode drawn from a favorite show, the poetry delves into stories that show we are all protagonists in our own life's saga, seeking that perfect ending. Featuring Susana H. Case, Stephanie Laterza, Joey Nicoletti, Alison Palmer, Gary Stephens, and Gerald Wagoner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Forum | Death Cafe: A Discusson on Death


An informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. The purpose of Death Cafe is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Performance | Forest Song: A Musical Performance (In a Park)


Forest Song is originated by artist and composer John P. Hastings who has created a number of site-specific performances, including Cloudsplitter in 2021. Forest Song utilizes a large ensemble spread throughout a park performing a variety of sonic materials. Harmonies are reflected, words appear, and the melodies from revolutionary hymns are recycled, all conjuring a human and arboreal conversation. Over the course of an hour performance, the audience is free to wander the park, to hear the musicians at a distance, while also observing them close-by. Myths and stories swirl around forests, some of them fanciful and fantastic, others feed into age-old tropes of colonial settlement. They have been many things to humans: a source of fuel, shelter, fear. They are a place of mystery and repose. Forest Song takes these many iterations of human conception of the forest to fashion a poly-narrative: a Native American home, a European folk drama, a technocratic “shelterbelt,” and now a conserved piece of the future. Forests are a mirror for humans: the reflection of wants and desires throughout years of existence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | Fall Serenade Concert


Celebrate the Fall with singer and songwriter Cecily Music and her band in a sweet serenade for the new Fall season under the trees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Performance | CANCELLED***Flock of Slits: A Premiere Performance***CANCELLED


A multimedia choreographed event with props, lighting, and dancers, which is promised to be a "dramatic over the top multimedia invasion of the soul!"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | Coco (2017): Anmated Adventure


Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:45 pm
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Tchaikovsky and More


New York Repertory Orchestra; Rachel Lee Priday, violin. Program Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), "Callirhoe" Suite Jose White Lafitte (1836-1918), Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Symphony No. 2 "Ukrainian"
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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