Be a NYC cheapskate with these FREE happenings this week through Friday, May 11, including FREE concerts in Lincoln Center, FREE dance party in Bryant Park and a FREE high-tech job fair.
1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project – These images document the lives we led in 1978 in NYC parks, including Coney Island and Central Park. Here’s the backstory: During the New York City newspaper strike from August to November 1978, the Parks Dept. hired eight NY Times photographers to document the City’s parks. This exhibit features highlights of their 3,000 images. It is an astounding exhibit, FREE to see, at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park.
- Open weekdays 9m to 5pm, through fall
- Photo of beloved NYC Mayor Ed Koch chatting with New Yorkers in an unidentified park courtesy NYC Dept. of Parks.
Young Music Makers – High school bands from around the USA, Canada and as far away as Australia perform FREE at Lincoln Center, pretty much daily through the end of May, and mostly around the famous Lincoln Center Plaza and Fountain. Enjoy and applaud these talented young people inspired to make music.
- The annual Lincoln Center outdoor music and dance festival, Midsummer Night Swing, starts next month. Get tickets now.
Monday, May 7
Transportation Note – Starting today, the 72nd St. station of the B/C line will close through fall for repairs. This will impact visitors to the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society a few blocks away, as well as residents. It’s one of four stations closing, or already closed, along the B/C lines.
Tuesday, May 8
BOOK CLUB – We are giving away FREE passes to a preview screening Tuesday of this eagerly awaited comedy, with an all-star cast that includes Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson.
Thursday, May 10
TechDay New York 2018 – Get FREE admission to this all-day tech show, at Pier 94 on the Hudson River. Dress for success, and bring business cards and resumes, since the organizers tell us that more than 70% of exhibiting companies are hiring.
- See the latest technologies and discover revolutionary new startups.
- Listen to startup founders present live demos of their newest products and technologies.
- Gain insights from leading tech brands through Fireside Chats.
- Get unprecedented in-person access to the directors of top accelerator programs.
- Network with leaders in your industry to propel your ideas forward.
- Connect with seasoned investors, renowned members of the press, early adopters, users, corporates, top talent and more.
Lost Town – A FREE of a documentary of one man’s obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod, where more than 5,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Only 33 escaped the massacre. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, this personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn’t seen each other in over 60 years. The film uses contemporary documentary footage, original animation, and survivor testimonies to tell the story of how far one will go to claim their sense of identity. English, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Polish, and Portuguese.
- Stay for a post-screening discussion with Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen.org.
- 7pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan.
- Registration is recommended to ensure space
Dance Party – Every Thursday evening through early June, social dance instructors teach the latest moves FREE in Bryant Park. Each of these events begins at 6pm with an hour of instruction, followed by 90 minutes of live music until 8:30pm. The Dance Party schedule includes:
- Bhangra (Indian dance music) on May 9
- Tangolandó (Tango infused with Latin and African rhythms) on May 16
- Swing on May 23
- Cumbia & Vallenato (from Colombia) on May 30 and
- Bachata (from the Dominican Republic) on June 6
- Dance Party winds up in grand style on Friday, June 8 with the Latin Festival, five hours of live music and dancing and featuring performances by the Grammy-nominated New Swing Sextet, and renowned Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero.
NOTE – Midsummer Night Swing, the annual three-week festival of dance bands and outdoor dancing in Lincoln Center begins next month. Tickets are on sale now.
Mondays and Thursdays
Birdwatching in Bryant Park – Watch the birdie! Join experts from the New York Audubon Society on FREE guided walking tours to help you identify and spot some of the 120 bird species known to visit this oasis of green in Midtown.
- Tours are Monday mornings and Thursday evenings through the end of May.
Tuesdays and Fridays
Stargazing – Look to the stars with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association, who bring their high-powered telescopes to the High Line on Tuesdays, and to the Fountain Plaza at Lincoln Center on Thursdays.
- At dusk. FREE