We’ve reached the halfway point of our week of free! It's been a crazy week so far with celebrity freebie recommendations, exclusive offers and daily rundowns of the best free things to do in the city every day. Not to mention the 150,000 free copies of this week’s issue that we're currently giving away. But we're not slowing down yet—Here are the top five free things you should hit up around New York today. #befreenyc
The Lost & Found Show, Le Poisson Rouge
At this monthly storytelling showcase, a mix of creative types—from actors and comedians to writers and bloggers—hit the stage to tell tales about the seemingly mundane objects they’ve found in lost-and-found boxes. Appropriately enough for October, the theme tonight is costumes. Get ready to hear about a lot of quickly escalating situations involving spandex.
Bach At One, St. Paul’s Chapel
The grind of the work week can hit you by the middle of hump day. Take a few minutes to decompress over your lunch hour with this meditative mid-day concert at St. Paul’s Chapel in the Financial District. Conductor Daniel Abraham leads the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in today’s program, which includes Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor.
Ghandi, Is That You?, Lucky Jack’s
Lance Weiss and Brendan Fitzgibbons host this weekly stand-up show in the basement of Lower East Side club Lucky Jack's. To get a taste of the laughs in store, here’s Fitzgibbons’ Joke of the Week, published last month in the magazine: “The whole of Brooklyn is being gentrified. If Notorious B.I.G. were alive today, all his songs would be about brunch.” See the full lineup tonight here.
Never Can Say Goodbye, Greenlight Bookstore
Inspired by the classic Joan Didion essay about loving and leaving NYC, anthology editor Sari Botton has compiled essays from a wide-range of New York luminaries about why their hearts will never abandon the city. Head to Greenlight Bookstore tonight to hear from Botton herself, as well as contributing writers Alexander Chee, Anna Holmes and Phillip Lopate. They'll remind you why you fell in love with New York in the first place. To prepare, read an exerpt from contributor Whoopi Goldberg.
Skyline Strut, Penthouse808
Dapper maestro Dandy Wellington and his live jazz band preside over this weekly burlesque spectacular in Long Island City. Tonight, you can Charleston over the 59th St. Bridge to catch performances from Cassandra Rosebeetle and Gigi Bonbon starting at 7pm. Be the end of the night, you'll most likely be shimmying, too.