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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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your skate,

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Brooklyn Flea

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The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious

  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 23
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Smorgasburg

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The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 23
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s,

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 15
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Día de Muertos

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Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders brings the traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead to New York. On Nov 1, remember your departed loved ones by bringing copies of their photographs, candles and marigold flowers for the community

  1. St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery 131 E 10th St, at Second Ave
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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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.