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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 23, 2023?

29 free events take place on Monday, October 23 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 23 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, October 23, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc The American Sector (2020): The Berlin Wall Scattered Across America
free events nyc Dance Works-in-Progress
free events nyc Four Translations of Vaclav Havel's The Memo
        

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 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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Dance Lesson | Dance Bachata


This 4-week course will take you from absolute beginner to proficiency in one of the hottest Latin dances taking hold of the world - BACHATA! Led by Joe Burgos from the Piel Canela Dance School, you will learn its historical upcoming and how to take the dance floor in any setting. Joe Burgos is the Director of Piel Canela Dance School, and has over 25 years of professional dance teaching experience in Salsa On2 and Bachata. He has taught in many corporate and public environments and has performed around the world spreading the joy of Latin dancing. You must register for each individual session you wish to attend Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn Please arrive 15 minutes early to the class Participants must sign a Consent/Release Form for each class they attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Lecture | Artificial Intelligence for Energy (online)


The event will feature a global expert leading the development of AI for scientific discovery, including for energy.  Historically, researchers have developed technologies by estimating which materials and designs were potentially the most promising from previous laboratory testing and advancing those to the laboratory experimentation stage. Thomas Edison, for example, tested over one thousand types of filaments in his lab before he found one that worked effectively for the first light bulb.   Today, scientific discovery of new technologies can be significantly accelerated by the use of AI and high-performance computers. AI can process data to guide researchers to higher likelihood options before taking efforts to the lab experimentation stage, significantly reducing the cost and time to discovery for a new technology. This methodology was successfully used by the U.S. National Laboratories in the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies, which significantly reduced the time and risk of developing those drugs.  Moderator: Paul M. Dabbar, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Former Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA; Former Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy (2017-21) Speaker: Rick L. Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


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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Film | The American Sector (2020): The Berlin Wall Scattered Across America


A film about panels of the Berlin Wall scattered across the United States. It captures how monuments to our country's past resonate into the present. Directors: Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez 67 min. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Jazz | An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)


Vocalist Shabnam Abedi and pianist Joe Block.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Other | Community Plant Exchange


Meet other plant enthusiasts for a free plant swap. Share tips, advice, and plants in this community event. Tips for success: Please bring only pest-free plants. If your plants are in containers, please be sure they are in containers that you are ready to give away or exchange. Rooted cuttings may be brought in a sealed plastic bag wrapped in a moist paper towel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Book Discussion | The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic


Stephen Vladeck on his latest book which sounds the alarm about how the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically expanded the use of the behind-the scenes "shadow docket" since 2017. In doing so, it makes decisions affecting millions of Americans without public hearings or explanation. The court's conservative majority has used these secret decisions to allow restrictive voting laws, bans on abortion, and to curtail immigration policies and COVID vaccine mandates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Film | Medium Cool (1969): drama


John Cassellis is a hardened TV news cameraman who manages to keep his distance while he captures daring footage of a nation in the throes of violent change. He maintains this professional detachment when he covers the social unrest in Chicago surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention. But, when he discovers that the TV network has been quietly cooperating with the FBI, the enraged Cassellis realizes that he too must join the fight against the establishment. Director: Haskell Wexler Cast:  Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Multiverse: New and Selected Poems


Tzveta Sofronieva will read excerpts from her book, then will be joined by Jeffrey Yang to reflect upon her multilingual writing, the cosmos, and the art of literary translation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The House on G Street: A Cuban Family Saga


Award-winning author Lisandro Pérez tells Cuba’s story through the lens of a single family: his own. His book relays the tales of two officers who fought against the Spanish for Cuban independence; a plantation owner who smuggles himself onto a ship; families divided by political loyalties; an orphaned boy from central Cuba who would go on to amass a fortune; a fatal love triangle; violence; and the ever-growing presence of the United States. It all culminates with an unforgettable portrait of a childhood spent in a world that was giving way to another one. The House on G Street is a unique depiction of one of the most consequential events of the twentieth century, told through generations of ancestors whose lives were shaped by dramatic historical forces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Child Poverty Is Personal: How Do We End It? (in-person and online)


In support of nearly 13 million American children living in poverty, we invite you to join us for the first of three critical discussions about soaring rates of deprivation—and how we can stop child poverty now. Join columnist and Nobel Prize laureate Paul Krugman, social activist Holly Fogle, award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and social policy expert H. Luke Shaefer, as we launch this series in partnership with The Invisible Americans Podcast: “End Child Poverty Now,” hosted by Jeffrey Madrick and Carol Jenkins. Speakers: -- Paul Krugman, Distinguished Professor of Economics, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Senior Scholar, Stone Center of Socio-Economic Inequality, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics. -- Holly Fogle, Philanthropist and social activist, Co-Founder of The Monarch Foundation and The Bridge Project, with a commitment to supporting mothers and babies for the first 1000 days. -- Maria Hinojosa, Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award, Emmy Award winning journalist. Founder of nonprofit multicultural communications project Futuro Media, and author of Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. -- Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor and associate dean at the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Director of Poverty Solutions, and co-author with Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson of The Injustice of Place: Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America. -- Jeffrey Madrick, moderator and co-host of The Invisible Americans, is the author of seven books on the economy, including Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty. A former New York Review of Books and New York Times columnist, and former Emmy-award winning television financial analyst. -- Carol Jenkins, moderator, and co-host of The Invisible Americans, is an Emmy winning former television anchor and corresponded, was the founding president of The Women’s Media Center and Past President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality. She is co-author, with Elizabeth Hines of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire, a biography of her uncle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Media Literacy, AI & Journalism: the Challenges and Opportunities


Artificial Intelligence has led journalists to question how they’ll report. While the benefits of AI include simplifying complex topics and assisting with questions for interviews, many find it can’t always be trusted.   At this event presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, experts in the field from SmartNews, The Information, The Center for Public Integrity, Vanity Fair and more discuss how journalists can use artificial intelligence as a resource, while also being mindful of its limitations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | LIP: Imagination in Power (2007): Emblematic Strike of 1968


This documentary interviews workers who led the most emblematic strike of 1968 at the LIP factory in Besançon. This was an amazing struggle that lasted for several years, mobilized enormous crowds in France and Europe, used illegal tactics but without falling into violence, and pushed the imagination about democracy to new heights. Portraits of individuals, a collective history, interweaving stories help viewers understand why this strike carried hopes and dreams for a whole generation. Director: Christian Rouad 118 min. In French with English subtitles Discussion follows
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | Maka (2023): Fighting Media Representations of Immigrants


Maka presents Geneviéve Makaping’s life in Italy and perilous migration journey. By sharing Makaping’s experience as the first Black news editor in Italy, Maka speaks out against the media representation of immigrants and offers an evocative examination of the intersection between sexism and racism in Italy. This riveting documentary offers a poignant exploration of displacement, identity, and belonging. Director: Elia Moutamid 52 min. In Italian with English subtitles Followed by a Q&A with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Reading | First Floor Walk Up: Poetry and Prose Readings


Readers: MADELINE ARTENBERG DANNY SHOT VALERY OISTEANU
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Club | Graphic Novel Book Club


Comic books and graphic novels have long been popular with a wide range of readers and influential for many in creative endeavors. These graphic works have become an important means of artistic and literary innovation, while gaining long overdue scholarly and academic attention. Over the past few decades, the popularity of comic books and graphic novels has significantly risen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Old School R&B Dance Fitness


A fun and exciting workout that uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. This class is created for all levels and you do not need any prior dance experience to participate. Instructor: Beverly Brown.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Romance Writers Panel


A discussion with authors Julie Soto (Forget Me Not), Celestine Martin (Witchful Thinking), Meredith Schorr (Someone Just Like You), and Erica Ridley (The Perks of Loving a Wallflower).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | How Long Can The Moon Be Caged: Voices of India's Political Prisoners


Suchitra Vijayan and Francesca Recchia's book is a powerful look at authoritarian India through the experiences of political prisoners. In this book, Vijayan and Recchia look at the current ladnscape of India through the stories of political prisoners ― combining political analysis with firsthand testimonies, the book explores the experiences of prisoners and their families, telling a story of destruction of institutions and erosion of rights. This conversation will be moderated by Madhuri Sastry. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Pay As You Go: A Novel on Apartment Living


New to town and delusionally confident, Slide imagined himself living in a glossy building with doormen and sweeping views of the skyline. Instead he's landed in a creaking, stuffy apartment with two roommates: a loping giant who hardly leaves his room, and a weight-obsessed neurotic who keeps no fewer than forty-seven lamps throughout the house, blazing at all hours. Unwilling to accept this fate, Slide--a barber with an opaque past--embarks on a quest for the perfect apartment, pinballing through the sprawling, madcap city of Polis and its endless procession of neighborhoods. As he bounces from foldout couch to disaster-relief tent, falling in with some tough types, Slide begins to realize that he's going to have to scratch and claw just to claim a place for himself in this world--let alone a place with in-unit laundry. An exuberant, fantastical odyssey, Pay As You Go wonders if what we're searching for is ever really out there. Its pages--surreal, biting, and teeming with life--announce the startling talents of Eskor David Johnson, who knows that all any of us really want is a place to rest our head.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | AI and Art: Tool or Threat? (online)


The panel discussion participants include: -- Cliff Rosen, Ironcliff Partners -- Professor, artist and Director of SensiLab Jon McCormack -- Artist, writer, and activist Molly Crabapple -- Director of Legal Research at the Center for Art Law Atreya Mathur The panel will be moderated by Artists Talk on Art Programming Director, Miriam Deutch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Mor Mendel, Violeta Tellez, Carne Viva Dance Theatre
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Staged Reading | Four Translations of Vaclav Havel's The Memo


A staged reading of four translations of Scene 8 in Vaclav Havel's play, The Memo. An examination of the nuances of translation. Directed by Edward Einhorn, Artistic Director, Rehearsal for Truth Theatre Festival. The reading is followed by a discussion with the translators: -- Jennifer Helinek, second-year student in the Master of Arts in Regional Studies - Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) program -- Josef Nosal, a rising senior student of Radio, Television Dramaturgy and Screenwriting at JAMU and the winner of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation's mini-drama contest. -- Lucas Schlesinger, third-year comparative literature major in Columbia College -- Paul Wilson, one of Havel's most prolific translators, having translated multiple plays, books, and essays. -- Moderated by Chris Harwood
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | She Remembers Her Amnesia: Dance That's Dramatic and Comic


A performance by Janis Brenner, a choreographer, dancer, singer, actor and artist. Her new interdisciplinary work, a second personal narrative dance-opera –play and comic drama with original music by Jerome Begin, is based on her personal stories.. It reveals her forays and adventures in relation to the head, heart, and brain and the circuitous paths that create who we are. Memory has been a compelling subject in many of the dance works she has created for her company.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Screening | Showtime’s Billions: Sneak Peek Series Finale Screening


Season after season, Billions has explored greed, money, and power like few shows on television before it — and in its final act, the stakes of this tightly-wound world of competing loyalties, betrayal, and wealth have never been higher. Hear Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Beth Schacter discuss with Variety's Cynthia Littleton the dramatic arcs of the series, what its enduring popularity since its 2016 premiere tells us about American culture in the 21st century, the remarkable ensemble cast and the decisions that led to the epic conclusion. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to gain an insider’s perspective on one of television’s most gripping series finales.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Leonard Bernstein, Stravinsky, Poulenc, and More for Clarinet (In Person AND Online)


Joseph Shiner, clarinet. Program Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Stravinsky (1882-1971), Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet Francine Aubin (1938-2016), Deux pieces en forme de jazz Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981), Peace Poulenc (1899-1963), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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