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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 20, 2022?

37 free events take place on Tuesday, September 20 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 September 20 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 September . 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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37 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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free events nyc Bach in the Garden
free events nyc Deep Listening: Contemporary Classical Music and Composers
free events nyc One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World
free events nyc Why Do We Dance? Works by Acclaimed Choreographer
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Conference | Climate Week NYC


Now in its' fourteenth year, Climate Week NYC annually brings together influential leaders in climate action from across business, government and the climate community to showcase global climate action. It's set to be an action-packed week driving the conversation on climate. With over 500 in-person and virtual events covering ten different themes hosted across New York City and globally - there's something for everyone to take away from the largest climate event in the calendar. So, whether you want to learn about the pioneering Indigenous-led work addressing climate change in the boreal forests of Canada (part of our Nature theme), how intergenerational equity and climate justice can be used to reimagine Commonwealth Youth Participation (Environmental Justice theme), or how to engage consumers on climate-smart food (Food theme) - be sure not to miss Climate Week NYC and join the conversation, now. See link for the full schedule.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Climate Week NYC

Conference | Conditions in Harlem Revisited (in-person and online)


Join a one-day conference to consider the 1936 Mayor's Commission report on Conditions in Harlem and to ponder, what if? What if Mayor LaGuardia had released the findings to the public; what if the recommendations had been acted upon; and, what if the findings had been viewed broadly as indicative of the poor treatment of Black people in American cities? The conference will feature panel presentations with scholars, advocates, historians, residents, and researchers addressing the key focus areas from the initial report: Justice, Education, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, and Social Services. Appointed by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia after a 1935 night of unrest and violence in Harlem, the Commission members elicited testimony at 21 public hearings and reported on by six subcommittees: Crime and the Police, Education, Housing, Discrimination in Employment, Health and Hospitalization, and Relief. Every chapter in the report presented an indictment of how the City was serving the 200,000 Black residents of Harlem. The report also listed dozens of steps that could help remedy the conditions. The report was never issued by the City. The convening examines the what if question and where Harlem and its' residents are today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Conditions in Harlem Revisited (in-person and online)

Symposium | Ensuring America's Water Security


Hear from leading stakeholders across all areas of the water industry to understand the future of water in the USA. This event brings together experts from federal agencies, academia, private industry, NGOs and philanthropies, and journalists, to foster action-oriented discussions targeting achievable goals. Water is at the core of climate adaptation goals. It is essential for manufacturing, agriculture, human health, and the environment. But across the entire supply chain, our aging infrastructure is failing. From dams and levees, to main pipes and sewers, to increasing exposure to chemicals and pathogens, our water system urgently needs to be reexamined. Climate change will continue to exacerbate pollution, floods, and droughts, while decreasing community capacity to address these concerns. It is time for collective action and an opportunity for social investment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Ensuring America's Water Security

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Discussion | International Tap Dance Forum (online)


Back by popular demand, Artistic Director Tony Waag reconvenes a meeting of International Tap Artists, teachers and producers from around the globe to share information and discuss current issues in the field. Come to share or just listen and become informed. There’s a whole world out there creating and producing amazing tap dance work and events.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, International Tap Dance Forum (online)

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Adult Zumba

Talk | Facing Global Challenges with Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina


Argentina's President Alberto Fernández will be delivering a major address on global challenges from the perspective of Latin America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Facing Global Challenges with Alberto Fern&aacute;ndez, President of Argentina

Classical Music | Bach in the Garden


Performed by Paul Spring, classical guitarist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Bach in the Garden

Book Discussion | A Brief History of Equality: The New Book from Thomas Piketty (online)


In his latest book, Professor Thomas Piketty guides us with elegance and concision through the great movements that have made the modern world for better and worse: the growth of capitalism, revolutions, imperialism, slavery, wars, and the building of the welfare state. It's a history of violence and social struggle, punctuated by regression and disaster. But through it all, Piketty shows, human societies have moved fitfully toward a more just distribution of income and assets, a reduction of racial and gender inequalities, and greater access to health care, education, and the rights of citizenship. Our rough march forward is political and ideological, an endless fight against injustice. To keep moving, Piketty argues, we need to learn and commit to what works, to institutional, legal, social, fiscal, and educational systems that can make equality a lasting reality.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, A Brief History of Equality: The New Book from Thomas Piketty (online)

Workshop | Blitz Chess & Backgammon


A lunch time program for passersby to play a quick game of chess or backgammon. Using clocks, opponents will play 5 minute games that are fast, furious and fun. An instructor will be on hand to offer pointers and tips to improve your game.
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Workshops, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Blitz Chess & Backgammon

Workshop | 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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Classical Music | Organ Recital: J.S. Bach and More (in-person and online)


Organist Claudia Dumschat, whose performance was described by The New York Times as "brilliantly assertive." Program Bach (1685-1750) Passacaglia Bach (1685-1750) Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582 Harbach (b. 1946) The Morning Trumpet
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Concerts, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Organ Recital: J.S. Bach and More (in-person and online)

Lecture | The Greener Gender: Women Politicians and Deforestation


Women have been shown to have different policy preferences, invest in different types of goods and be less corrupt than men when elected into political office. This talk studies the effects of electing a woman mayor into office in Brazil on rates of deforestation, the main source of carbon emissions in Brazil. We exploit a close election regression discontinuity design in order to establish causal findings. Speaker Kathryn Baragwanath is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University, based in Melbourne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, The Greener Gender: Women Politicians and Deforestation

Book Discussion | How the Soviet Jew Was Made: Navigating Two Worlds (online)


In his new book, Sasha Senderovich offers a close reading of postrevolutionary Russian and Yiddish literature and film that recast the Soviet Jew as a novel cultural figure: not just a minority but an ambivalent character navigating between the Jewish past and Bolshevik modernity. After the revolution of 1917, Jews who had previously lived in the Russian Empire’s Pale of Settlement quickly exited the shtetls, seeking prospects elsewhere. Some left for bigger cities in different parts of the new Bolshevik state, others for Europe, America, or Palestine. Thousands tried their luck in the newly established Jewish Autonomous Region in the Far East, where urban merchants would become tillers of the soil. For these Jews, Soviet modernity meant freedom, the possibility of the new, and the pressure to discard old ways of life. This ambivalence was embodied in the Soviet Jew—not just a descriptive demographic term but a novel cultural figure. In insightful readings of Yiddish and Russian literature, films, and reportage,  Senderovich finds characters traversing space and history and carrying with them the dislodged practices and archetypes of a lost Jewish world. Senderovich urges us to see the Soviet Jew anew, as not only a minority but also a particular kind of liminal being. How the Soviet Jew Was Made emerges as a profound meditation on culture and identity in a shifting landscape.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, How the Soviet Jew Was Made: Navigating Two Worlds (online)

Classical Music | Deep Listening: Contemporary Classical Music and Composers


What's that sound? Music possesses a unique ability to stir our emotions, call forth memories, or even transport us to another realm of being. Listen deeply to some of New York's most exciting emerging classical composers, including award-winning artists Bradley Harris and Cheng Jin Koh. Meet composers. Explore some of the composers' works, other musical examples and influences.
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Deep Listening: Contemporary Classical Music and Composers

Book Discussion | The Bullet That Missed: From New York Times Bestelling Author Richard Osman (online)


A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman.
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Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
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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.
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Dance Lesson | Salsa Social


Come alone and make some friends, bring a date or bring the family. Come as you are, everyone is welcome and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Salsa Social

Discussion | Banned Books Week: This Story Matters


Censorship continues a record-breaking sweep across our nation in the form of book bans, removal of literacy materials from school libraries, and the limitation on educators’ speech in the classroom. Teachers, parents, and citizens often feel hopeless when seeking ways to combat censorship, but there are some novel approaches recently taken by libraries, associations, and educators that support a student’s right to read. In this conversation, hear about these approaches, ask questions about censorship efforts and the challenges facing educators today, and learn how you can support the fight for intellectual freedom.
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Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Banned Books Week: This Story Matters

Workshop | Yoga on the Plaza


A variety of free yoga and meditation classes to make wellness and mindfulness more accessible to all. Bring your own yoga mat or blanket.
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Author Reading | Leonardo Sciascia: The Man and the Writer


The celebration of the centenary of Leonardo Sciascia's birth begins in New York with the launch of Joseph Farrell's book. Sciascia (1921-1989) was an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, and politician.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Leonardo Sciascia: The Man and the Writer

Gallery Talk | Masked Vigilantes on Silent Motorbikes: Curatorial Tour (online)


RJ Rushmore for a curatorial tour of Poster House’s first contemporary art exhibition Masked Vigilantes on Silent Motorbikes. Learn how the artists like Swoon, KAWS, Jilly Ballistic and more use posters as a medium from which to create entirely new works of art, repurposing the language of mass communication. Discover how advertising shapes our built environment and how artists leverage sanctioned and unsanctioned public art to disrupt what is commonplace.    
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Book Discussion | One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World


The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Discussion | Navalny and Russia’s Opposition During the War (in-person and online)


A discussion with Maria Pevchikh,  head of the investigation department at the Anti-Corruption Foundation, a Russian non-profit organization founded by opposition politician Alexei Navalny to investigate and expose the cases of corruption among the Russian elites. During her eleven years of work, she authored over one hundred investigations, most famously of Vladimir Putin’s private palace on the Black Sea which has gained over 120 million views on YouTube. The investigations of the Anti-Corruption Foundation have led to freezing of assets of Russian officials and oligarchs in excess of 1 billion euros, including the seizure of Vladimir Putin’s private yacht in Italy.
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Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Navalny and Russia&rsquo;s Opposition During the War (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | The Real Mrs. Tobias: Mothers and Their Daughters-in Law


Sally Koslow's sharply funny and big-hearted multi-generational story about the deeply complicated relationships between mothers- and daughters-in-law, told through three women who marry into the same family.
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Lecture | Architectures of Transition: Domestic Imaginaries (in-person and online)


In this lecture Tatiana Bilbao will speak on her exploration, experimentation and research focusing on domestic environments as they relate to her vision and pedagogy. Bilbao will present examples of her theories applied to various projects. Tatiana Bilbao began her eponymous studio in 2004 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration and sensitive design approaches to architectural work. The work of the office intersects with research allowing to design for diverse circumstances and in reconstruction or crisis scenarios. Prior to founding her firm, Bilbao was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City, during this period she was part of the General Development Directorate of the Advisory Council for Urban Development in the City.
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Poetry Reading | Latin Voices in Poetry (in-person adn online)


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with an evening of poetry and conversation featuring an all-star panel of Latinx poets. Featuring: Rio Cortez, author of Golden Ax and The ABCs of Black History Darrel Alejandro Holnes, author of Stepmotherland & Migrant Psalms Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, author of Madness and Losing Miami Melissa Lozada-Oliva, author of Dreaming of You and Peluda
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Book Discussion | Best Debut Short Stories 2022: The PEN America Dau Prize (online)


Who are the most promising short story writers working today? Where do we look to discover the future stars of literary fiction? This book will offer a dozen answers to these questions. The event will include readings from Catherine Bai, Erin Connal, Oyedotun Damilola, Yasmin Majeed, Emma Shannon, Cal Shook, Preeti Vangani, and Seth Wang.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Best Debut Short Stories 2022: The PEN America Dau Prize (online)

Author Reading | The Book of Goose: A Novel and Friendship and Schemes (online)


Yiyun Li tells the story of Fabienne and Agnés, childhood friends in postwar rural France, whose lives are irrevocably changed by Fabienne’s schemes. Obsession, art, exploitation, and loss are just some of the themes that compel the reader to keep turning the pages in this beautifully composed novel.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, The Book of Goose: A Novel and Friendship and Schemes (online)

Book Discussion | The Complicities: After Her Husband's Arrest


Award-winning author Stacey D’Erasmo tells a haunting and emotionally affecting story about a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband’s arrest, and what she knew—or pretended not to know— about where their family’s money came from.
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Book Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, The Complicities: After Her Husband's Arrest

Dance Performance | Why Do We Dance? Works by Acclaimed Choreographer


Choreographer and director Andrea Miller and her dancers share her philosophy and works in performance. Miller is the first choreographer to be named Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the last 15 years, she has created internationally, most recently for Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey II.
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Dance Performances, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Why Do We Dance? Works by Acclaimed Choreographer

Discussion | Can Storytelling Prevent Gun Violence? (online)


A community conversation about gun violence prevention, with poetry, art, stories and film. Moderated by Poet Gold, Toni Jensen, Dr. Danielle Ofri, Dr. Chethan Sathya.
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Discussion | Martial Law at 50: To Remember Is to Resist (online)


The Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents readings and performances in remembrance of a dark period in the history of the Philippines. 50 years ago, on September 21, 1972, dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., declared martial law over the entire country, ushering a reign of terror where tens of thousands of political opponents, journalists, activists, human rights workers, farmers, and indigenous people were arbitrarily arrested and jailed; and thousands tortured, disappeared, or killed. Nearly four decades after the 1986 People Power Revolution toppled the Marcos dictatorship, the dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos now is president; the vice president is Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of recent president Rodrigo Duterte, whose administration is under investigation by the International Criminal Court for extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in its “War on Drugs.” And in all that time, there has been a systemic revision of the history of the Marcoses and martial law.  This program is presented in solidarity with ML50 observances in the Philippines to counter historical erasure and revisionism. We gather from different regions of the Philippines, from different diasporas, and from different generations to speak and bear witness to each other’s truths. To remember is to resist.
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Discussions, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Martial Law at 50: To Remember Is to Resist (online)

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
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Workshops, September 20, 2022, 09/20/2022, Stargazing in the City

Staged Reading | Lemuria: The Primatologist's Dilemma


Refracting themes from King Lear, Bonnie Antosh's Lemuria is an inheritance drama about dominance, queer Southern scientists, academic lineage, sex, and -- yes -- lemurs. Professor Anabelle Katz-Carver, the greatest primatologist since Jane Goodall, runs her elite research lab as a strict matriarchy. After grooming potential successors for decades, she's finally ready to choose an heir -- but in the animal kingdom and in our own, how does a queen pass the crown on to another queen?
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