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Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Socrates Sculpture Park

The best free things to do in NYC this week

The best free things to do in NYC this week include free swimming at NYC pools, outdoor comedy shows and art exhibits

By Shaye Weaver and Time Out New York contributors

It's a busy week with a plethora of activities for the taking. You're gonna need this list of the best free things to do in NYC if you are to have any hope of avoiding serious FOMO. First and foremost, don't miss out on the exhibit of large artworks at the Socrates Sculpture Park or take the ferry to Governors Island for some respite. Also, don't miss a free comedy show being hosted in Google Docs!

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Free things to do in NYC this week

Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Opera/Marty Sohl

11. Stream the Metropolitan Opera every night

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The Metropolitan Opera may have closed its grand doors for the rest of 2020, but the company continues to stream free recordings of complete productions from its archives every night. The lineup from August 3 through August 9 includes full operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Offenbach and Handel. Click through for full schedule for Week 21.

Socrates Sculpture Park
Photograph: Courtesy Jeffrey Gibson/Scott Lynch/Sikkema Jenkins & Co./Kavi Gupta/Roberts Projects

12. See Astoria's Socrates Sculpture Park exhibit

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Queens's Socrates Sculpture Park is making up for lost time with a new exhibition series, under the rubric, "Monuments Now," that will take place over the summer and fall. It kicks of with a trio of artists—Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas and Xaviera Simmons—presenting large-scale objects that take the premise literally. Gibson's piece, for example, consists of 40ft x 40ft plywood ziggurat inspired by the pre-Columbian earthen mounds created by indigenous people in the Mississippi Valley during the 13th century. It will be covered in a skein of brightly-colored geometric patterns.  Ramírez Jonas, meanwhile, is creating a functional community grill in the form of towering obelisk.

Photograph: Joyce Kam

13. See photos of the new waterfront memorial honoring Black Lives lost to racial injustice

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A memorial was set up by the Brooklyn community this past weekend to raise awareness of the vast scale of Black people killed at the hands of police and other racial injustices. The tribute, called "Say Their Names Memorial," which lines the fence of Bushwick’s Inlet Park, consists of 186 portraits of Black people who have been killed. Blooming flowers were added to the space this weekend, and New Yorkers can come to pay their respects for the next month. The memorial features portrait pictures including 1960s civil rights leader like Malcolm X, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Organizer Joyce Kam explains on Instagram that that the memorial is also to honor those who have died beyond the names who have made national headlines, such as Floyd and Taylor, too.


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