The NYC on the Cheap list of the best things to do this month is beyond the obvious Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and NYC Marathon, including FREE lectures, film festivals, the openings of of holiday exhibits and markets, and so much more.
Some events require advance registration to manage space, so if you are interested, sign up.
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What to do Free and Cheap in NYC Nov. 3-15
100 Things to Do in NYC Before You Die
Join NYCOTC Editor and guidebook author Evelyn Kanter at the new Hunters Point branch of the Queens Library on Saturday.
I’ll be talking about the best things to see and do in New York City for the holidays, including the best FREE and cheap events, and autographing books for sale.
It’s your chance to learn something new about NYC and get a head start on your holiday shopping, since the guidebook makes a great gift.
Even if you can’t afford a million-dollar-plus Pagani supercar, you can still appreciate the design, technology and speed of these drool-worthy hand-built Italian roadsters. Especially when you can look, dream and drool for FREE.
Pagani supercars, with individual models valued as much as $18 million are on display Mon., Nov 4 through Fri., Nov. 8 in the equally iconic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station.
- FREE, 10am to 7pm
Saving America’s Cities: How New York State Reshaped NYC since the 1950s
What do big projects like Battery Park City, the World Trade Center, Riverbank State Park, Times Square redevelopment, the MTA, and Mitchell Lama housing projects all have in common?
This FREE panel discussion explores the crucial, if often overlooked, role played by New York State in planning, financing, developing, and managing these massive initiatives, designed and built with the stated goal of counteracting central city economic decline.
Three leading urban historians assess the competitions and collaborations of the State and City and debate what has worked, what has not, and why. It promises to be a spirited discussion about New York State’s wide-ranging role in New York City’s housing and urban redevelopment plans since the 1950s.
Moderator: Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
Introduction: Professor Owen Gutfreund- Hunter College Urban Policy & Planning
Lizabeth Cohen, Professor, Harvard University, author of the forthcoming Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age.
Lynne Sagalyn, Professor, Columbia University, author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.
Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Professor, Hunter College, author of How States Shaped Postwar America: State Government and Urban Power.
- FREE, Thurs., Nov. 7, at 6:30pm, sponsored by the Skyscraper Museum
- Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College 44-49 East 65th St
This extraordinary annual design competition is also the most unique food charity in the world
Canstruction, in the Atrium at Brookfield Place, challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need.
Canstruction is FREE, but organizers request all visitors to bring a full can of healthy food (or several) to donate to City Harvest. There is a large collection bin next to the Information Desk located on the second level.
It is best to enter through the doors at 230 Vesey Street where you will see the first of the structures.
- FREE November 7-21 at Brookfield Place (formerly Winter Garden)
In commemoration of the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), when Nazis destroyed most of the synagogues and Jewish-owned shops in Germany, there is are special FREE talks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, plus a public candle-lighting area
The museum also is offering FREE admission to the MJH Highlights exhibit, which includes Ordinary Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage Collection, The Pickman Keeping History Center, and to Andy Goldsworthy’s contemplative Garden of Stones.
The FREE admission and these two talks are on Sunday, Nov. 10:
World War II veteran Eugene Polinksy will speak at 1 PM, and
Distinguished Research Scholar Debórah Dwork will present the third annual Dr. Yaffa Eliach Memorial Lecture at 2 PM.
Two additional Kristallnacht programs will take place at the Museum on the following day, Monday, Nov. 11:
- Stories Survive: An Eyewitness Account of Kristallnacht with Ruth Zimbler at 2 PM
- Kristallnacht History & Significance: Talk with Natalia Aleksiun at 7 PM
All events are FREE, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan.
See also the outstanding exhibit on Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away, which is a ticketed special exhibit of more than 1,000 artifacts and photos from more than 20 countries.
Because we must never forget about the madness and cruelty of the Holocaust, or the singular horror of the place where more than one million souls, including many non-Jews, were exterminated, including members of NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter’s own family.
Yeti, Set, Snow Returns to the Swedish Cottage
Yeti, Set, Snow! – an original story and marionette show produced by City Parks Foundation – returns to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park on November 12, through the end of December and into February 2020.
Perfect for families with young children, this winter adventure with puppetry and music is perfect for getting into the winter holiday spirit.
Yeti, Set, Snow! tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti and a cat, Tinsel Kitty, on the first snow day. Pascetti, who lives on a mountaintop nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and outdoor activities, Pascetti learns not only that snow can be fun, but also that friendship is important.
Again this year, tickets are a bargain $8 for kids and $12 for the adults who accompany them.
Ticket purchases help to support FREE PuppetMobile performances in NYC parks.
There are as many as three performances a day, and even so, the most popular days around the holidays get sold out first.
Tickets are available now