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33 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on September 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Park Walk |
Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. Sundays, June 4 to September 24, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Park Walks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Hudson Nature Walk
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Harlem Tour
Festival |
The World War I Centennial Committee for New York City presents this two-day event to honor the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War One in 1917. Come see dozens of reenactors in vintage uniforms, both men and women, and learn the history of the Great War. There will be vintage Army vehicles, ambulances, equipment displays, a tent encampment, author talks, and demonstrations. Meet General John J. Pershing and the Ebony Doughboys reenactors who represent the famous Harlem Hellfighters regiment. Talks and lectures included. The event is open to all ages, kids and families welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Festivals, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, WWI History Weekend
Tour |
For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Grand Central Terminal Tour
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Street Fair
Park Walk |
Distance: 6-7 miles. Time 4 to 5 hours. Walk along Narrows through various parks to Coney Island taking in beautiful views of the bay area along the Narrows.  Walk from subway station to pathway along the Narrows to Surf and Stillwell Aves. and end by Nathan's in Coney Island. Bring lunch and water or purchase lunch at Caesar's Bay Bazaar. Rain cancels. Call or email to confirm that walk is on.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
$3
Park Walks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Narrows-to-Coney Island Walk
Park Walk |
On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs. 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Heart of the Park Tour
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Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday.
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11:00 am
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Workshop |
What is kayak polo? It’s a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking and a whole lot of fun. They've got the equipment (kayaks, vests, helmets, paddles), you bring the body, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship (shorts/sandals, too). Your level of experience doesn’t matter. They are limited to 15 participants per game, so reserve your spot for the game at 11 am. They’ll put you in a team and give you a vest number on a first-come first-served basis. Dedicated players and volunteers, though, will end up being teachers to others. They focus on individual attention and kayak mentoring, and offer the best free kayak learning experience you can get in NYC. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before game time to be donned with vest, helmet, paddle, and kayak.  Sundays, June 4 - September 24, 2017
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Kayak Polo
Discussion |
The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Discussion |
Whether speculating on our own current political climates or those of imagined civilizations, authors of science fiction and fantasy are uniquely positioned to deconstruct structures of political power. Politically engaged science fiction considers how power struggles impact individual and collective identity, proposes intersections between technology and politics, and explores methods of resistance to oppressive governments and political technologies like surveillance and biometrics. N. K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season), Eugene Lim (Dear Cyborgs), Malka Older (Infomocracy), Deji Bryce Olukotun (Nigerians in Space), and moderator Rosie Clarke will consider how SF&F responds to both our hopes and fears for the future, offers alternatives to conventional political structures, and the ways technology can liberate or threaten our freedom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Structures of Power: Politics, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
Gallery Talk |
An interactive tour highlighting works on view in honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000). Explore how aspects of urban life serve as inspiration for artists across generations in Their Own Harlems. This gallery tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Gallery Tour: Their Own Harlems
Hike |
Take in the scenic views of the Hudson River on this hike through the Park, highlighting its natural features, historic landmarks, and wildlife.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Hikes, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Park Highlights Hike
Jazz |
1:30 p.m. - Lisa Mezzacappa / Jason Levis 2:30 p.m. - Poetry: Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, C. Mehrl Bennett. John Bennett, Ben Bennett  3:30 p.m. - Rob Brown / Juan Pablo Carletti 4:30 p.m. - Amirtha Kidambi / Luke Stewart
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, InGardens Jazz Concert
Play |
Brave New World Repertory Theatre presents The Plantation, set in 1870 Virginia after emancipation, but before the onset of Jim Crow. The Plantation re-imagines The Cherry Orchard to tell a post-Civil War story about tectonic shifts in social status of black and white Americans during the period after the war when Southern aristocracy was brought to its knees. Chekhov’s Russian serfs become American freed men and women in this immersive and emotionally charged production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Plays, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, The Plantation: A a Bold New Adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
Dance Performance |
Jodi Melnick provides free dance in the park. The final dance artist of three Danspace-curated participants in Josiah McElheny's summer-long Prismatic Park, Melnick and guest artists activate McElheny's installation with movement from September 12-24.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Prismatic Park: Dance in the Park
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
Its once abandoned waterfront is now is now filled with newly constructed condo towers and magnificent parks and stunning views of Manhattan. Known today as the hipster capital of the United States, Williamsburg is so much more than that, containing enclaves of Puerto Ricans, Polish, Italians, Dominicans and Hasidic Jews. In a city with an unmatched ethnic diversity, Williamsburg is a standout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Williamsburg Tour
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Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Tour |
Highlights: The restored Alexander Hamilton Grange Museum, City College, Abyssinian Baptist Church, St. Luke's Church , Strivers Row , The Hamilton Heights Historic District
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Harlem - "So Much To See" walking tour
Musical |
The musical pits a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor against a Monster Puppet as they fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America and finally, the future of our planet. This is the story of the awakening of America's true Patriots to do battle with the Monster of Apple Pie fascism and the Pumpkin Head of state, whose mission lies in golf courses and hotels, Russian dances, corporate princes and the power of money.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Musicals, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!: rip-roaring musical
Festival |
Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s mission is to stimulate public interest in Mexican culture by encouraging the art of traditional Mexican folkloric dance. BFMNY will present the debut of their Festival del Huapango. The Huapango is one of the most beautiful expressions of Mexico, 100% mestizo culture with qualities worthy of the world’s most elaborated traditional music. The Huapango Festival is Mexico’s second most important music, song, and dance event after the Guelaguetza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Festivals, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York presents Festival del Huapango
Classical Music |
The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. The Organ Meditation takes place every Sunday from Sept. 10, 2017 to May 27, 2018..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Word 2010. Topics include mail merge, tables, text boxes, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Advanced MS Word 2010 Workshop
Staged Reading |
When you're fighting for a child's soul, what rules apply? A New York Bar Mitzvah brings together three Jewish brothers (a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles). Men Overboard is Rich Orloff’s boldest mix of comedy and drama as it asks, “What makes a man?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Staged Readings, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Men Overboard: Bar Mitzvah Drama
Musical |
AfterWork Theater, New York City’s one and only recreational theater for adults, offers a special presentation of a fully-staged musical show. After ten weeks of learning music and dance with professional directors, choreographers, and music directors, they bring you the cast of Gertrude Ederle Sings Out!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Gertrude Ederle Sings Out!: A Musical Show
Reading |
Celebrate Soft Skull Press with readings by Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, Jillian Weise, Chelsea Martin, and Colin Winnette, along with drinks, music, and revelry. A limited number of galleys of forthcoming books by Lynne Tillman and Colin Winnette will be given away to attendees. Additional books by authors will be available for sale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Readings, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, The Writers of Soft Skull Press
Tour |
The skeletal remains of the High Line’s elevated tracks set the perfect scene for a spooky evening. Join Free Tours by Foot for a journey to the creepier side of New York City’s most unique park. On this tour you’ll hear tales of the strange eccentric who lived below the tracks and saved them from demise, the curse of a West Side Cowboy who fell to his death from the elevated track, and the children who haunt the street formerly known as Death Avenue. If the moon hangs right perhaps you’ll witness the spectacle of a ghostly ship floating down the Hudson River; is it the long forgotten crew of Henry Hudson’s Half-Moon warning sailors not to go to sea? Or is it Captain Kidd protecting the treasure he buried on Liberty Island? Venture at your own risk through the dark side of High Line.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, September 17, 2017, 09/17/2017, Dark Side of the High Line Tour
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