Since your budget is recovering slowly from the holidays, put these FREE and dirt cheap events on your calendar for the second half of January and save your money for the next holiday, which includes the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
NYC is filled with inexpensive things to do every month, and the last two weeks of January 2019 is no different, including several events about discrrimination, an appropriate topic to discuss in the days before the MLK Weekend.
Update on national monuments, parks and museums in NYC
New York State is paying to keep the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island open during the federal government shutdown.
Liberty Island and Ellis Island are open and welcoming visitors, although some services are curtailed.
See the National Park Service website for additional information.
Due to the federal government shutdown, the following national parks, memorials and historic sites in NYC operated by the National Park Service are closed:
Hamilton Grange National Memorial in Hamilton Heights, home of Alexander Hamilton, is closed
National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan, is closed
Federal Hall National Monument on Wall St. is closed.
The General Grant National Memorial on the Upper West Side, better known as Grant’s Tomb, is closed
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site on the East Side, birthplace of the only US President born in NYC, also closed.
Reservations are Open
Get half-price tickets to top Broadway shows including The Book of Mormon, The Cher Show, Aladdin and Kinky Boots.
You have until the end of the week to enter the contest to win a trip to Puerto Rico to see Hamilton, with Lin-Manuel Miranda back in his starring role.
Get three-course prix fixe meals at nearly 400 top NYC restaurants for $26 at lunch and $42 at dinner.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
New York Stories: Threads of our City is a special FREE program that is part of the part of the New York Philharmonic’s exploration of New York City’s’s roots as a city of immigrants.
Hear stories from Philharmonic musicians who immigrated to the United States from all over the world. The program reflects how the Orchestra reflects the diversity of New York City.
- 7:30pm, Thursday, Jan. 15, at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Seating is first come, first served.
Lawrence Dunbar Reddick was an African American scholar, historian, and activist, and was named the second curator of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature after Arturo Schomburg’s death in 1939. In 1959, Reddick wrote Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., the first profile of the young leader before his rise to global prominence as a civil rights icon.
Celebrate the 60th Anniversary Edition of Crusader without Violence as it returns to circulation with new biographical details on Reddick, and a special introduction by Dr. Derryn Moten, professor of history and department chair at Alabama State University.
This program coincides with the official opening of Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. in the Latimer Edison Gallery.
- Both the program and the exhibit are FREE,
- 7pm at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the NYPL, at 135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd.
- Registration is required to ensure space. Register for the opening reception here.
Thursday, Jan. 17
This discussion about anti-Semitism focuses on Joseph Süss Oppenheimer—”Jew Süss”—one of the most iconic figures in the history of antisemitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the “court Jew” of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Württemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Württemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial, and condemned him to death for unspecified “misdeeds.” On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart. He is most often remembered today through several works of fiction, chief among them a vicious Nazi propaganda movie made in 1940 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels.
“The Many Deaths of Jew Süss” is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer’s notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer’s life and death as told by four contemporaries: the leading inquisitor in the criminal investigation, the most important eyewitness to Oppenheimer’s final days, a fellow court Jew who was permitted to visit Oppenheimer on the eve of his execution, and one of Oppenheimer’s earliest biographers.
What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace, but are these narrators to be trusted? Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of “Jew Süss” in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound.
- Yair Mintzker is professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of The Defortification of the German City.
- 7:30pm at the Leo Baeck Institute, 15 West 16th St. Register for free tickets at jewsuess.bpt.me
Exerskate For Fun and Fitness
Exerskate returns to The Rink at Bryant Park. These FREE skating-based exercise classes are conducted by trained figure skaters and hockey players who will get your heart rate up while making you a better skater. They’re also timed so you can get in a brisk workout before heading to the office. Just imagine what 30 minutes in the crisp morning air will do for your mood.
- Every Thursday morning at 8am, through Feb. 28.
Friday/Saturday, Jan 18/19
- FREE, January 18th from 3:00pm – 9:00pm January 19th – 21st from 12:00pm – 7:00pm, at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport.
Black Comic Book Festival
The annual Black Comic Book Festival returns in January, again as a two-day event, celebrating the rich tradition of Black comix with FREE panel discussions, film screenings, exhibit tables with top comic creators, comic book giveaways for kids and more.
This year’s topics include diversity and social justice in comics, black comics in digital spaces, black masculinity in comic books, and more, including the festival memorabilia.
- Friday/Saturday, Jan. 18/19, at the Schomburg Center branch of the NYPL. Registration is recommended to ensure space.
Sat. Jan 19
Do you want to be the next TV and recording superstar? Of course you do.
The next auditions for The Voice are on Jan. 19, at Javits Convention Center. You can’t just show up and hope to sing for the judges. You must register, choose a time, print a pass, and arrive with a photo ID.
- Here’s where to register, and good luck.
Saturday/Sunday, Jan. 19/20
The New York Times Travel Show
Fill your bucket list with discount tickets to the annual New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Convention Center.
There are more than 600 exhibitors from 170 countries and regions, from Africa to Antarctica, dozens of seminars with top travel experts and food experts, including with New York Times journalists and other experts, plus special getaway deals, giveaways and more.
Follow the Freedom Trail in New York City on a guided walking tour of Lower Manhattan. Learn he colorful details of how a band of brave men and women formed the hidden networks that became the Underground Railroad. Along the way, you’ll visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans and a former station that was part of the Underground Railroad. As you check out these inspiring sites, you’ll learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes of this time and hear tales of courage and triumph about real New Yorkers who risked both life and property in the name of freedom.
Tours walk at an easy pace and cover less than two miles of walking around Bowling Green and ending near City Hall Park. Tours are generally appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, but please use your best judgment.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
During New York’s rise to become a global metropolis, the visual language of ancient Greece and Rome influenced city’s art and architecture. Join the editors of Classical New York, for a discussion on Greco-Roman thought and design on the city, from huge, elaborate neo-classical public buildings to public art and Latin inscriptions, and learn about the enduring influence of the classical world on modern New York and, especially, on lower Manhattan.
- Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and the Acting Executive Officer of the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York.
- Matthew M. McGowan is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Fordham University, as well as President of the New York Classical Club.
- Jon Ritter is Clinical Associate Professor of Architecture at NYU. He is President of the New York chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
- 6:30pm at the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan (gallery opens at 6:00pm). RSVP required for admission to email@example.com
Mon., Jan 28
Join Maury Yeston, Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist (Nine, Titanic, Grand Hotel) for a special evening of dance and an exciting behind-the-scenes analysis of creating musical theater songs. The schedule includes an excerpt of Mr. Yeston’s ballet Tom Sawyer newly choreographed by the 92Y’s very own Megan Doyle, followed by Mr. Yeston discussing the collaborative process and challenges that arise between composers and choreographers.
The program will conclude with a Master Class in songwriting for musical theatre where members of the 2019 Musical Theatre Development Lab will present compositions—and Mr. Yeston will offer feedback on all aspects of musical theatre storytelling. This event promises to be an entertaining insight into the creative process of one of the most famous theatre composers of our time. Moderator is Brian Feinstein, composer and Program Associate of the 92Y Musical Theatre Department.
Anyone with an interest in dance, theatre, and musicals is encouraged to attend.
- 6:30pm, at the 92nd St. Y