There’s always lots going on in NYC during the week, and this week, Oct. 16-20, is no different. Here are the top FREE and cheap events to put on your calendar. As always, nothing on NYCOTC is more than $25, so you can enjoy The Big Apple without taking big bites out of your budget.
Celebrating Fall on the High Line – Each Tuesday in October, take a guided walk with High Line horticulturists to learn how landscape designers and gardeners work together to create and maintain a natural garden, and find out more about the plants and flowers of autumn. FREE, 9am to 10 am and again at 5pm-6pm. Meet below the High Line at the Gansevoort St. stairs.
- Also every Tuesday in October – $5 movie admission at AMC Theatres
¡Arriba! Special Fundraiser Edition: Coming Together for Puerto Rico & Mexico – Traditionally a salsa, mambo, and boogaloo-inspired dancing party, this special edition of ¡Arriba! will feature Bomba and Plena contemporary classics Los Pleneros de la 21, Mexican acoustic “bluegrass” with Rana Santacruz, and the amazing beats of DJ Rimarkable. Food and drink will be available for purchase on-site from our food vendors. FREE at the High Line, 6pm to 9pm, but an RSVP is required, and donations are encouraged.
- Where to donate in NYC for Puerto Rico hurricane victims
- Where to donate for hurricane and earthquake victims throughout the Caribbean and Mexico
Fake News: A Real Conversation – If you pine for a time when “fake news” meant supermarket tabloid reports of Bigfoot sightings, alien abductions or Elvis encounters, imagine how media professionals feel almost a year into post-election America. Join top NYC journalists for a timely and crucial conversation of reality vs. fake, on the air, in print and online, and via Tweets and other social media. 7pm at The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 1 East 65th St. Tickets are $25 with no service fee.
- This important conversation is moderated by New York Times Op-Ed columnist and former White House reporter Frank Bruni. With panelists
- Dana Bash, noted journalist, anchor and chief political correspondent for CNN
- Campbell Brown, former NBC and CNN correspondent and anchor, who now leads news partnerships for Facebook
- Jim Rutenberg, media columnist and former political correspondent for the New York Times
- Dan Senor, writer and former advisor to Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney, who has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Washington Post
One of NYC’s most famous movie stars is Grand Central Terminal, which has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows. That stardom is being celebrated at GCT with a FREE one-day film festival with FREE snacks, and a FREE screening of Hitchcock’s iconic North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Details here
Thursday to Saturday
14th Annual Garment Center Arts Festival – FREE interactive art displays, music performances and more, including the chance to get behind-the-scenes looks at artist studios. 35th to 41st Streets, between Fifth and Seventh Aves.
A Party Called Rosie Perez at Radamés “Juni” Figueroa’s La Deliciosa Show – Another dance party and fund-raiser for Puerto Rico, also at the High Line, also FREE although donations are encouraged. Hailing from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, DJs Christian Martir, Laylo, and Sucio Smash blend their collective love of Latin music with hip hop, soul, house, reggae, and afrobeat to create a non-stop dancefloor experience. 7pm to 10pm, on the High Line at 30th St. and 10th Ave.