3 Go-To Websites for Free Lectures, Events and Programs

NY public libraryYou can spend your entire day surfing the web and looking for all the wonderful things you could be doing if you got out of your house. Or you could just quickly check these three sites and head out to experience many wonderful events and activities – most free or dirt cheap – that NYC offers every day.

1. New York Public Library

The library is not just for borrowing books any more. Here’s just a small sampling of lectures, events and programs that you could have caught at the various library branches on August 15, 2014. We picked that date in random to see what we’d find. These are among the 25,000 free programs available at the NYPL each year.

  • Stay Well Exercise for 50+ at the Kingsbridge Branch
  • Belly Dancing and meditation at the Parkchester Branch
  • Poets workshop at the Epiphany Branch
  • Lunch Time Knitting Circle at the New Amsterdam Branch

2.  NYC Arts

NYC Arts website has a whole sections of events that offer seniors discounts and have assistance available for visitors with disabilities.

Here are examples of some free August/September offerings

  • Bryant Park Shakespeare: Hamlet “Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with his greatest play, produced by the irreverent and addictive summer troupe, The Drilling Company, who creates LES’ Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.”
  • Free Music Fridays at the American Museum of Folk Art. “Musical performances by independent, up-and-coming, singers, songwriters, and musicians, whose creative expressions echo the spirit of the works of art on view at the American Folk Art Museum.”
  • Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival outdoors at the Lincoln Center Plaza. In addition to HD performances of Puccini’s La Bohème to Eugene Onegin,  the series actually start with screening of the movie Moonstruck where Met Opera played a big role.

3. Thought Gallery

This site by Davler Media, a NYC publisher of targeted guides, listings, and directories, picks out their favorites from the thousands of NYC’s cultural offerings. Sign up for their e-newsletter and find out what their editors pick for the upcoming month.  Here are a few picks for mid-August:

  • 2014: When We Were Idiots, in which guide Xavier Toby, garbed like a penguin — don’t ask — leads guests around the Lower East Side of 2114. Part of the New International Fringe Festival, the comedic hour-and-a-half stroll. Free Tours by Foot
  • Bryant Park Reading Room Taste talk with the Spotted Pig Chef April Bloomfield.
  • Free tours of Hunter College – Roosevelt House at 47-49 E. 65th St. Roosevelt House, a land-marked double-townhouse on East 65th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was the historic New York City home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt.



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Seija Goldstein

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Seija Goldstein has lived in New York City for 40 years and has no intention of ever leaving. After working full time in media and raising two wonderful children, she is now planning to sample everything that her favorite city has to offer. She will be reporting her experiences on this blog and inviting other New York City Boomers to join in the adventure.

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