The best free things to do in NYC today

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So you’re pinching pennies and bored. We’ve been there. But that’s no reason to stay in your apartment—New York is full of opportunities to get outdoors, taste some delectable cheap eats or take a great walk. And while you're out there in the wilds of the city, check out these cool, free things to do in NYC right now.

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The five most popular free things to do in NYC today

Whiplash

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  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Mon Dec 29
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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Free

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Mon Dec 29
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Wayne Thiebaud

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  • Free

At 93, this left coast legend is still going strong after a nearly half-century career that began with his role as one of the defining figures of ’60s art in California. Thanks to paintings of cakes and pies rendered in bright, frosting-thick

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Until Fri Nov 21
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Tove Jansson Centenary

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  • Free

Thank to publisher NYRB Classics, Jansson—a Finnish novelist, painter and illustrator—is enjoying a resurgence of interest and a horde of new readers. Tonight fellow Finn Philip Teir and American writer Kathryn Davis discuss Jansson's life and a

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Mon Oct 20
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Frantic!

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  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Michael Kosta, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Mon Dec 29
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Annette
Annette

Had a great time. You can walk from gallery to gallery and feel welcome.

Regina
Regina

Sucks that you don't have the West Indian parade listed.

me
me

these seem fun! NOT!

AriellacomA
AriellacomA

Limelight is hosting fashion week- with free shows for the next 6 days... The designers are great and it's a nice crowd. Definitely worth it! RSVP@limelightshops.com

Jane C. Nicholson
Jane C. Nicholson

always like new things and I like your taste i almost everything.