October NYC Events (10/25/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“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.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, October 25, 2021 Mon, Oct 25
5:00 pm

free; RSVP required Author Reading | Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History (online)
Charles Leavitt’s book redefines neorealism as a cultural exchange and a field of discourse that shi … more Mon, Oct 25
6:30 pm

free; RSVP required Discussion | Baroque Composer Francesco Provenzale (1632 -1704): Founder of the Neapolitan School (online)
Explore the music of Francesco Provenzale, founder of the Neapolitan school of opera, especially for … more Mon, Oct 25
7:00 pm

free; no reservation required Discussion | Tony-Winning Director of Broadway’s Jitney in Conversation (online)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson is currently starring in Lackawanna Blues, which he wrote and directe … more Mon, Oct 25
7:30 pm

free; no reservation required Concert | Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline
Enjoy open-air performances by a variety of musical and comedy acts. … more

More Free Events for Mon, Oct 25, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Tue, Oct 26
3:30 pm

free Classical Music | The Wind in the Pines for Voice and Period Instruments (online)
Alice Shields’ The Wind in the Pines for soprano, alto recorder, flute, Renaissance bray ha … more Tue, Oct 26
6:00 pm

free; no reservation required Staged Reading | This Neighborhood: as a priest locks up for the night a man walks into his church….
What starts, a contentious meeting between strangers quickly becomes an explosive excavation into th … more Tue, Oct 26
7:00 pm

free; registration required Slide Lecture | Photographer Whose Work Is Included in Time‘s Top Images of 2020 (online)
Malike Sidibe is a Brooklyn-based, West African photographer specializing in fashion, portraiture an … more Tue, Oct 26
7:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | A Conversation with the Creators of HBO Max’s The Other Two (online)
The makers of the hit series talk about the second season of their acclaimed comedy. Created by form … more Tue, Oct 26
7:30 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | Anita Hill Discusses Her Book Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (online)
In 1991, Anita Hill began something that’s still unfinished work. The issues of gender violence, tou … more

More Free Events for Tue, Oct 26, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Wed, Oct 27
6:00 pm

free Concert | From Swing to R&B to 80’s Pop Hits
A rotating cast of musicians curated by ArBuzz and Sharla play everything from swing to R&B to 80’s … more Wed, Oct 27
7:00 pm

free, reservation required Musical | Social Distance: R&B Musical
Social Distance is a R&B musical that follows the days amidst the Coronavirus where four Am … more Wed, Oct 27
7:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | Momofuku Founder David Chang Discusses His New Hulu Show The Next Thing You Eat (online)
Created with Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, the series addresses the cr … more

More Free Events for Wed, Oct 27, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021 Thu, Oct 28
2:30 pm

free, tip supported, booking required Tour | Prague: Mystery and Magic in Castle District (online, livestream)
This tour will take you to some of the most picturesque and off-the-beaten-paths parts of the Prague … more Thu, Oct 28
6:00 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and the Making of a Century (online)
Historian David Freeland recounts the history of not just an American hotel, but, arguably, the Amer … more

More Free Events for Thu, Oct 28, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021 Fri, Oct 29
12:00 am

free Film | Kate and Leopold (2001): Romantic Comedy with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman (online)
Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman come together as star-crossed lovers who discover that passion and chivalr … more Fri, Oct 29
2:30 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Norway: The Legends, Ghosts and Witches of Bergen (online, livestream)
While Bergen today is a modern, progressive and safe city, in the 1500s and 1600s it was regarded as … more Fri, Oct 29
3:00 pm

free; registration required Gallery Talk | Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Curator Walkthrough (online)
A sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive ch … more Fri, Oct 29
8:00 pm

free, registration required Concert | Accordion, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Horns, Vocals: International Tones Anchored in Classics
UnCommon Sound ensemble: an eclectic, innovative musical experience that will take you on a journey … more

More Free Events for Fri, Oct 29, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Sat, Oct 30
12:00 pm

free; no reservation required Festival | Halloween Harvest Festival
The annual Halloween Harvest Festival, featuring a doggie costume contest; pumpkin carving and catap … more Sat, Oct 30
5:00 pm

free, registration required Classical Music | Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano: Buoyant Melodies, Enchanting Dance Rhythms and More
Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, led by Chris Whittaker, and by mezzo-soprano Linda Collazo per … more Sat, Oct 30
5:00 pm

free; RSVP required Dance Performance | Vividly Colored Dance Performance
This the result of a multi-year collaboration between a choreographer and a composer as wells an exa … more Sat, Oct 30
7:30 pm

free, reservations required Classical Music | Mozart and Haydn: Symphonic Works
ProgramWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Sinfonia No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 1 … more Sat, Oct 30
9:00 pm

free; ticket required Movie in a Park | The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) with a Live Score
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses somnambulist Cesare to commit murders in this silent horror classic. … more

More Free Events for Sat, Oct 30, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021 Sun, Oct 31
11:00 am

free; no reservation required City Walk | Haunted Flatiron Tour: Chasing Ghosts, Monsters and Superheroes
A special Halloween-themed walking tour will feature spooky stories and scary events that happened i … more Sun, Oct 31
2:00 pm

free; no reservation required Festival | Outdoor Village Halloween Costume Ball — with Oscar-Winning Actor F. Murray Abraham
Theater for the New City is taking its annual Village Halloween Costume Ball, a tradition for nearly … more Sun, Oct 31
7:00 pm

free Parade | 48th Annual Halloween Parade!
Witness or participate in the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration! … more Sun, Oct 31
8:30 pm

free for seniors, $10 for non-seniors; registration required Screening | Destiny (1921): Thriller With Live Organ Music
As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is seques … more

More Free Events for Sun, Oct 31, 2021


So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

How to Find Them? Here are 6 of my NYC faves:

Best New Restaurants In NYC-the Infatuation

How to Experience New York City Like a True Local | The New Yorker

Tour a Sky-High New York City Apartment That’s Modern Yet Cozy | Architectural Digest

5 of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite hidden NYC restaurants-NYPost

Afternoon Wine Tasting Cruise On The Hudson | Fever

Harlem Bakey Dulcería Expands With Enoteca-grubstreet


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.


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