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The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

By David Goldberg

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday.

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Astor Blaster Silent Disco
In celebration of 50 years of Bernard Rosenthal’s iconic Alamo cube sculpture, Astor Place invites you to party in the square. Grab a set of wireless headphones and jam to current club bangers along with classics by performers like the Velvet Underground and Patti Smith, who first made their mark on nightlife spots in the neighborhood. You can also add requests to the Alamo Spotify list to make the night your own. 26 Astor Place (212-777-2173, Fri 9 6:30–10:30pm.

Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” Marathon
Lean, loaf and listen at this joyous reading of the beloved poet’s most seminal work. Register in advance to read your favorite lines, or just witness the poetry in action. Readers are known to present interpretations in costume in various languages, so prepare to see takes on the transcendentalist work that truly contain multitudes. Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn (718-222-9939, Sat 10 at 5pm. 

SVA Makers Market
The School of Visual Arts is bringing its Makers Market, a DIY product fair, to the Metropolitan Pavilion for one day only. The fair will showcase more than 50 alumni vendors featuring a variety of hand-made items and creative crafts, apparel and accessories, furniture, jewelry, housewares, stationery, self-published books, magazines, comics and much more. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St (212-463-0071, Sat 10 at 11am.

Orange Is the New Black Trivia
Obsessed with the new season of Jenji Kohan’s masterpiece? Flaunt your knowledge of Litchfield Penitentiary at this fan trivia face-off. If you want to succeed, you need to recall the real names of favorite characters like Big Boo and Pennsatucky, draw on the life stories of Mendoza and Big Red, and keep up with Crazy Eyes’ sci-fi sex novel. Stone Creek Bar and Lounge, 140 E 27th St (212-532-1037, Mon 12 8–9:30pm.

Museum Mile Festival
Hit the seven stellar museums of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets—El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—all for free at this marathon night of culture, where you can check out exhibitions and join workshops along the way. Various locations (212-606-2296, Tue 13 6–9pm.


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