“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”
Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.
Monday, August 16, 2021
Mon, Aug 16 – 7:00 pm / free; first-come, first-served
Dance Performance | Company at the Vanguard of American Modern Dance and Tap Dancing
The Limon Dance Company, the living legacy of dance theater, will perform two repertory classics: “A … more
Mon, Aug 16 – 7:30 pm / free
Classical Music | Music from Harry Potter, Goodfellas, The Godfather and More
Woodwind ensemble, The Quintet of the Americas, perfoms music used in TV programs and film such as S … more
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tue, Aug 17 – 5:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Dancing | Salsa Social
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm : Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed)6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Free Salsa … more
Tue, Aug 17 – 7:30 pm / free; standby line
Dance Performance | New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!
In an unprecedented celebration of dance, 5 famous dance companies share the spotlight for the first … more
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Wed, Aug 18 – 5:00 pm / free
Concert | String Quartet Plays Mozart, Gillespie, and More
Program:MOZART Allegro moderato from String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 … more
Wed, Aug 18 – 7:30 pm / free; standby line
Dance Performance | American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem
In an unprecedented celebration of dance, this major American dance comapnies share the stage. Progr … more
Wed, Aug 18 – 8:00 pm / free; park entry reservation required
Jazz | Latin and Jazz Standards
Seven ensembles, some of NYC’s finest musicians, bring Latin and jazz standards to life. … more
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Thu, Aug 19 – 7:30 pm / free; standby line
Dance Performance | Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem in a Park
These four famous dance companies share the spotlight! Program 3.Please note: Th … more
Thu, Aug 19 – 8:00 pm / free; standby line
Concert | “Phenomenal” (New York Times) Singer Plays Original Music
This award-winning actor-singer-songwriter will bring her own special magic, accompanied by bass and … more
Friday, August 20, 2021
Fri, Aug 20 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | Well-known Vocalist and Her Quintet
Antoinette Montague has performed with notable musicians in jazz and blues such as Benny Powell, Sta … more
Fri, Aug 20 – 7:30 pm / free; standby line
Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico
In an unprecedented celebration of dance, these most famous American dance companies share the spotl … more
Fri, Aug 20 – 8:00 pm / free; standby line
Concert | “Phenomenal” Singer Plays Original Music
A “phenomenal” (New York Times) award-winning actor-singer-songwriter will bring her own sp … more
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Sat, Aug 21 – 10:00 am / free; RSVP required
Workshop | Kayaking
Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must hav … more
Sat, Aug 21 – 5:00 pm / free tickets required
Concert | NY Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Many More
This historic, once-in-a-generation concert, will feature an array of music icons and contemporary a … more
Sat, Aug 21 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Opera | Opera Stars Sing Selections from Rossini, Bizet, Puccini, and More
An evening of operatic favorites including selections from The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Rigole … more
Best new restaurants in NYC
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” – Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Meet in Midtown for Hunanese
Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.
When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.
Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner
Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.
It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.
Gorge on Russian Spa Food
Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.
The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.