As we always say here on NYCOTC, cheap is good, free is better, and there’s always plenty of both to tell you about. Be a NYC cheapskate this week at FREE and cheap events that won’t bust your budget, including getting your voice heard at a Congressional Town Hall and meetings about the looming L train shutdown.
Monday, Jan. 22
Congressional Town Hall – Don’t like what’s happening in Washington, by Congress or the Trump Administration? Make your feelings known at Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Town Hall meeting. You don’t have to live in his district to participate in this FREE public meeting, where issues sue to come up include the new tax law and its affect on NYC residents and businesses, the future of the DACA “Dreamers” law, Obamacare and the environment. The meeting is FREE, but registration is encourged to determine crowd size.
- 6pm to 8pm, at NYU Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South, at the corner of Washington Square South and MacDougal Street. Seating is first-come-first-serve.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Pictures Under the Palms – FREE screenings of popular movies, preceeded by a DJ set every Tuesday through the end of February, at Brooklfield Place, formerly known as the Winter Garden, in what used to be known as the World Financial Center. Tonight, it’s Wonder Woman. Next Tuesday, it’s Mamma Mia, with toe-tappng singing and dancing. And the week after, it’s James Dean brooding his way through Rebel Without a Cause, with Nathalie Wood and Sal Mineo, sadly all gone now. The rest of the schedule is voter’s choice – vote here.
- Doors open and DJ starts at 5:15pm, film screening begins 7pm
Through Thursday, Jan. 25
Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to become a true international star. Her music, which influenced artists across the globe, always remained anchored in her traditional South African roots, and conveyed strong messages against racism and poverty. This documentary, directed by Mika Kaurismäki, traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Using rare archive footage of her performances, interviews and intimate scenes filmed over the years, this powerful documentary expertly exposes the biography of a unique person, a world icon.
She sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie, and was married to jazz icon Hugh Masekela and also to the radical Black Panther, Stokely Carmichael.
- Screenings are at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., in The Village. Tickets are $11 to $15.
SEE ALSO Makeba was from one of the tribes which speak the so-called “click” language. Read about NYCOTC editor Evelyn Kanter’s visit to one of those tribes in Namibia, which neighbors Makeba’s native South Africa.
Thursday, Jan. 25
Life Hack Academy – Presented by Ford EcoSport, this FREE event showcases tips and tricks for New Yorkers to maximize small apartments, meal prep, travel, fitness routines and more. Registration is required for admission. The event is in Chelsea, 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
One Year of Resistance is a FREE art gallery exhibit showing of works by more than 80 artists commemorating the fight for equality and human rights, including reflections on the #MeToo movement. The exhibit is the artists’ version of this past weekend’s Women’s March on NYC in support of equality and human rights, at The Untitled Space gallery, 45 Lispenard St. in Soho.
- The gallery is open daily, 10am-6pm weekdays and Noon-5pm on weekends.
L train shutdown – If you are one of the thousands of New Yorkers, including business owners, who will be affected by the L train shutdown next year, learn about MTA plans, and make your feelings known, at two public meetings, one this week, one next week.
MTA and DOT reps will be discussing alternate transporation plans, including increased bus service, closing 14th Street to private vehicles, HOV restrictions on the Williamsburg bridge, protected bike lanes and more. The shutdown, to repair the line from Superstorm Sandy damage, affects 225,000 daily riders, and the businesses along the route, most of which are small, locally-owned stores and restaurants.
- The first MTA meeting for the public is 5pm to 8pm Wednesday, Jan 24, at Progress High School, 850 Grand St in East Williamsburg. Next week’s meeting is 5pm to 8pm, Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St. There is no registration, seating is first-come, first-serve. Meetings are open-house format, so you can pop in and leave as you like, or stay the entire three hours.
If you know of a FREE or cheap event to include here on NYC on the Cheap, email us at [email protected] and we’ll check it out.