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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - May 18-May 20

May 14, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's no denying that Manhattan is the sparkle in New York City's eye, but that doesn't mean you have to dump out your wallet to hang out there. City Guide's compiled all the best free things to do in Manhattan this weekend, and for those wanting to explore the city's most famous borough on the cheap, this is your go-to guide.

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 18, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

Free School Concerts: Taylor 2 Dance Company - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Through May 18, 2018 - New York

Orchestra of St. Luke's pairs with Taylor 2 of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance for a free concert for kids, mixing exciting music and modern dance.

Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 19, 2018 - New York

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 19, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

Wall to Wall: Leonard Bernstein - Symphony Space
May 19, 2018 - Upper West Side

Symphony Space celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest musical figures with an eight-hour marathon event of music, dance, film, and conversation that explores the many facet's of Leonard Bernstein's creative life.

Open Bar & Everyone Free - ATTIC Rooftop
Through May 19, 2018 - New York City

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
May 20, 2018 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

Pop Up Repair - Grand Bazaar NYC
May 20, 2018 - New York

Grand Bazaar NYC has partnered with FIXUP to help make repairs easy and convenient for you. Every third Sunday a month we'll have a special Pop Up Repair booth at our market for you to drop-off your beloved items that you'd like fixed - lamps, chairs, small appliances, jewelry, ceramics, toys, and more. This is such a great service that helps extend the lifespan of your favorite items, while diverting waste from landfills, and providing work for local fixers. Be sure to Share & Invite your friends so that they can find out about this special service. Thanks!

6th Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference: Intersections - Museum of the City of New York
May 20, 2018 - Upper East Side

6th Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference 2018 Theme: Intersections How can we support our students and ourselves, build understanding within and across class, race, and gender, and construct curricula that cross disciplines to spark novel insights? Join educators to address, celebrate, unpack, and encourage intersection in the classroom and beyond. Participation is free; proposals to present are due February 1, 2018. About the Teaching Social Activism Conference The Teaching Social Activism Conference is an annual event at the Museum of the City of New York. Inspired by the content of the Museum's groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York, this day highlights the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages. Join educators, youth, and scholars from across the New York metropolitan area for this free, full day of engaging conversations, thought-provoking sessions, and gallery tours exploring the various tools and techniques used to engage students and communities in the history and practice of social change. The Conference is free. Registration is now sold out. If you would like to add your name to the Waitlist, please complete... (read more)

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
May 20, 2018 - New York

For families with children ages 3 and up. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at our drop-in studio art-making program.

30-Minute Met: Guide's Choice in Japanese - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through May 22, 2018 - New York

A tour of favorite objects; guide's choice, your treat.

Gallim: New Work - The Met Breuer
Through May 24, 2018 - New York

"Her viscerally physical movement wrings every inch of life from her dancers—and you'll be holding your breath, too." —New York Magazine Andrea Miller, The Met's 2017-18 Artist in Residence and choreographer and artistic director of the "excellent, inventive, impressive" (The New York Times) dance company Gallim creates a visceral and emotionally charged new work, which will be created in front of a live audience

Natalya Nova: Dreamland - Leica Store New York SoHo
Through June 10, 2018 - New York

Leica Store New York SoHo is pleased to present Natalya Nova's Dreamland exhibit, self-portraits. Don't miss this fabulous show and what is destined to be an unforgettable event. The show runs from April 5 to June 10, 2018.

Arts of the Islamic World in French - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through June 11, 2018 - New York

A tour of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia explores the Metropolitan Museum's collection of Islamic art, a collection that is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Fifteen galleries grouped by geographic region trace the course of Islamic civilization from Spain in the West to India in the East. The tour draws on this collection to explore the rich artistic traditions of the Islamic world and the distinct cultures within its fold.

30-Minute Met: Guide's Choice in Spanish - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through June 11, 2018 - New York

Alberto Savinio - Museum of the City of New York
Through June 23, 2018 - Manhattan

Giorgio de Chirico's younger brother, Savinio lived under the shadow of his more famous sibling. Still, he shared De Chirico's Surreal aesthetic and haunting subject matter, though not his classical precision. Instead, Savinio opted for a combination of softer contours and brushwork that, in something of a supreme irony, became the template for Chirico's late work.

Morning Hours for Members and Patrons - The Met Fifth Avenue
Through June 30, 2018 - New York

Start your day at The Met! Each month, Members and Patrons* are invited to attend private morning hours for one or more select exhibitions before the Museum is open to the public. Please present your Member or Patron card to admit you and a guest. Only the street-level entrance at 81st Street and the Parking Garage entrance will be open during this hour.

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