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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - May 17-May 19

May 13, 2019 - 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.

Manhattan Concours at BFPL - Brookfield Place
May 17, 2019 - New York

For the first time ever in Manhattan, a select group of collector cars will be showcased along BFPL's picturesque waterfront plaza. A display of culture, travel, and sport, these cars embody the essence of BFPL. Combining both the best vehicles of today with the best in class from generations past, we are proud to bring a weekend celebration of this luxury to Manhattan. Manhattan Concours judges will include Dr. Mark Moskowitz and Matt Orendac, among others. Prizes awarded will include "Best in Class," and "Best in Show."

Free Comedy Show - O.P.P.A.
May 17, 2019 - New York

Comedy Evening is a completely free comedy show in the heart of the West Village featuring comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, TruTV, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and more! The show takes place in the downstairs/basement lounge of the venue. Please note that you must be 21+ to attend as the venue is a bar. While there is no cover or item minimum for the show, it is recommended that you get a drink (soda, beer, wine, etc.) or food item to support the bar and help keep the show free. Seating for the show begins at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30pm. Seating at the venue is limited and it is recommended that you get there before the show starts. Feel free to drop by Oppa/karaouke lounge before 7pm to enjoy the happy hour specials: $5 beer/$4 wines/$4 well drinks, $6 wings, $4 fries. The show was part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018. http://nycomedyfestival.com/oppa-comedy-bar-crawl/ Past performers for the show include: Subhah Agarwal ("Comedy Central"), Myq Kaplan ("Comedy Central", "Conan"), and Tom McCaffrey ("Comedy Central").

Rebecca Nelson, Baroque Violin - The Juilliard School
May 17, 2019 - New York

Rebecca Nelson, Baroque Violin

Spring Play: NYC Game Expo - Microsoft
May 18, 2019 - New York

Video games are taking over the Microsoft office in Times Square for an all-out Expo celebrating local developers! Join us for a day of games, pizza and fun. All ages are welcome. We hope you can join us for our biggest seasonal gathering! Over 100 game developers will be showing off their latest games one-on-one to a crowd of up to 1000 people. For developers, this is a great opportunity to show off their games (finished or unfinished) and get direct feedback from players. For everyone else, it's a unique opportunity to try out the biggest collection of games made in and around NYC all in one place. More games being added daily.

Manhattan Concours at BFPL - Brookfield Place
May 18, 2019 - New York

For the first time ever in Manhattan, a select group of collector cars will be showcased along BFPL's picturesque waterfront plaza. A display of culture, travel, and sport, these cars embody the essence of BFPL. Combining both the best vehicles of today with the best in class from generations past, we are proud to bring a weekend celebration of this luxury to Manhattan. Manhattan Concours judges will include Dr. Mark Moskowitz and Matt Orendac, among others. Prizes awarded will include "Best in Class," and "Best in Show."

Summer Fitness Series - Brookfield Place
May 18, 2019 - New York

Get fit at Brookfield Place! Our fitness series returns this summer with a variety of fun and challenging classes taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. The series kicks off and concludes with run clubs in May and the last two weeks of September.

Milstein Science Series: Ocean Babies - American Museum of Natural History
May 19, 2019 - New York

Seahorses pop from their fathers' pouches, emperor penguins carry eggs on their feet, catfish guard their young in their mouth, and killer whales stay with their pods for life. For many animals, the relationship between parent and child is one of the most vital and important factors for survival. Learn all about the youngest animals that live beneath the sea and the parenting strategies used to keep them safe. Interact with scientists, discover amazing critters, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.

Teaching Social Activism Conference: Building Tomorrow - Museum of the City of New York
May 19, 2019 - New York

What strategies can we use to teach about the past, increase awareness of current community and individual needs, and support our students as they use this information to envision the world they want to create? In this free, full-day conference, join educators, youth, and activists to explore the steps we can take today to build equitable futures tomorrow.

HSA Department Of Art & Design Presents INTERWOVEN - HSA Gallery
Through May 25, 2019 - New York

The Harlem School of the Arts with curator and Director of Art & Design, Adrienne Elise Tarver, proudly presents, “INTERWOVEN,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby. This unique exhibition presents married couple, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby’s work side-by-side highlighting their individual and mutual interests in the ties that bind generations in the black community. Textiles play a large role in these recent bodies of work, as they have in the histories of the black community in America. From the cotton picked in southern plantations to the intricate patchwork quilts made from scraps of old clothes, there’s resilience and resourcefulness that is woven into the threads of black history in the United States. Letitia presents work from her series “40 Acres...Gumbo Ya Ya,” referencing the unfulfilled promise of land to formerly enslaved individuals in post-civil-war America, and the Cajun phrase meaning everybody is talking at once. She stretches images of rural Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas printed on fabric over embroidery hoops, referencing domestic work and handmaid heirlooms which cultivate sentimental value over generations instead ... (read more)

BUILD Brunch - Build Series NYC Studio
Through September 10, 2025 - New York

Digital entertainment program BUILD Series takes its popular and extensive live interview show to the next level, adding a new, daily morning talk show "BUILD Brunch," as BUILD Series continues its commitment to bring its fans closer to culture. Airing weekdays at 11am live on BUILDseries.com/Brunch, it will feature a roundtable of diverse, young and influential personalities speaking to breaking news, hot topics and the latest in entertainment. PLEASE READ BEFORE ARRIVAL: Doors open 30 minutes before showtime and CLOSE 5 minutes prior to each show. There will be a standby line for every show. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum). Please note we clear the studio after every event and we DO NOT permit autographs on our premises. This event will be streamed LIVE on BUILDseries.com! Make sure to check out the BUILD Series Newsletter for updates and information about our events:

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