Cheap is good, free is better, as we tell you often here on NYC on the Cheap. Take advantage of one or more of these freebies of the week, including dancing to a live band, a technology conference, and more, because NYC doesn’t have to be expensive when you know where to find freebies, and we do.
Monday, May 15th
Frost/Nixon – The story of the Watergate scandal is riveting any time, and especially timely considering current headlines about White House spying and leaks. This is a FREE screening of the film starring Frank Langella as President Nixon and Martin Sheehan as David Frost, the legendary TV interviewer. 6pm at the NYPL Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center.
Tuesday, May 16th
Climate, Jobs & Justice Accountability Forum – With our national administration turning back the clock on wards in the fight against climate change and inequality, it is more vital than ever to stand up and urge our elected leaders to protect us. Join NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer and learn about the issues NYC needs to tackle locally, hear their views on climate change and equality.
- The Climate, Jobs & Justice Accountability Forum is 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Ethical Cultural Society, 2 West 64th St. on the Upper West Side
- Co-sponsors are The People’s Climate March – NY, 350.org, 350NYC, ALIGN-NY, Bronx Climate Justice North, Faith in New York, Food & Water Watch, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), New York Communities for Change (NYCC), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sane Energy Project, Sierra Club NYC Group Divestment Task Force, Transform Don’t Trash NYC, WeACT for Environmental Justice and the Working Families Party.
Wednesday, May 17
Bryant Park – FREE dancing to a live band, at Fountain Terrace. This week, it’s polka. Next week, it’s cumbia. Family-friendly, starting at 6:30pm.
SEE ALSO Midsummer Night Swing outdoor dancing to live bands in Lincoln Center in June/July
MetroNorth Getaway Staycation Showcase – Learn about nearby getaways for a weekend or longer you can enjoy without a vehicle, in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Connecticut. Meet with destinations, hotels and more, FREE in Grand Central Terminal, 11AM to 3PM, including the chance to win vacations.
Thursday, May 18
JW INSIGHTS – If you are a techie, this freebie is for you. This is the fourth annual conference on the intersection of video publishing, advertising, and technology conference, is data-driven growth. Hear from industry leaders about trends and best practices for using data and automation to drive larger, more engaged audiences and more effective monetization. Panelists and speakers including from VICE, Hearst, LittleThings, GroupNine Media, Refinery29, MOAT and Kantar Media. Plus, the opportunity for networking after the event. and more. Network with your peers and meet JW product experts and developers at this lively annual event.
- CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Noon to 5:30PM. FREE, but registration is required to ensure space. The link also gives you the agenda, so you can choose which panel and which speakers to attend.
Friday, May 19
New York Guitar Festival – This daylong festival of strings features performances celebrating the music of India and the rest of Asia. There’s a special dance party with DJ Rekha starting at 10:30pm. The marathon Guitar Festival is 8am to midnight at the Winter Garden, Brookfield Place, Lower Manhattan.
Good Morning America presents Green Day – Be tres cool at this FREE weekly concert series in Central Park. Green Day today, see our schedule for who performs next Friday.
Skin Cancer Screenings – Just in time for summer sun season, let the physicians at Weill Cornell Medical on the Upper East Side check you out. No appointment or medical insurance is required.
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