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by staff, 05/16/2012

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There's always something exciting to do and see around the five boroughs that doesn't cost a dime. See our weekly picks below, and visit our calendar and special offers section for more free events.

Wednesday, May 16
Internet Week: Baeble Music Video Exhibition
It’s Internet Week NY, that most special time of year when digital practitioners gather in New York from around the globe to mingle, attend panel discussions and fete our brave new world. There are approximately seven tons of events to enjoy, but one that caught our eye was the Baeble Music Video Exhibition at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. From noon–2pm, experience the likes of The Kooks, Passion Pit and Beirut (or whichever bands the discerning minds at Baeble have chosen to showcase), all on CultureStream, the video wall in the World Financial Center Winter Garden.

Thursday, May 17
Bez at the Apple Store
The bookers at the SoHo Apple Store offer yet another eclectic installment in their series of evening events, this time featuring Nigerian soul man Bez performing songs off his debut, Super Sun. The concert starts at 7pm; expect to swoon. If a whole lot of sultry tunes isn’t your thing, mark your calendar for May 22, when Men in Black 3 filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld discusses his summer blockbuster with—wait for it—the Coen brothers, they of No Country for Old Men fame. Like we said: eclectic.

Friday, May 18
Free Admission to the New York Hall of Science
Explore the New York Hall of Science, New York City's only hands-on science and technology center. Discover over 450 exhibitions, workshops and special events, including Rocket Park Mini Golf and the award-winning Science Playground. Current touring exhibitions include Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure, which reveals the genetic links between dinosaurs and birds, and Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think, an interactive experience where, among other wonders, visitors can see a plastinated human brain. Admission is free on Fridays from 2 to 5pm and on Sundays from 10 to 11am, September through June. 

Saturday, May 19
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Taste what Hell's Kitchen is cooking at this annual food festival, where restaurants and vendors serve up food to suit every taste. The 15-block gastronomic extravaganza features cuisine from Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Asia and everywhere in between, with music and dancing to match. Merchants will also be on hand selling jewelry, crafts and clothing, among other things. Note: admission to the fest is free, but the food is not.

Sunday, May 20
BayFest 2012
For one day, local performers take over 10 piers of South Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay waterfront. The City’s only street fair free of vendors features performances by 21 bands, dance groups and kids' acts, plus a Brooklyn Nets mobile basketball station, photo ops with cartoon characters, face painting and crafts. 

Monday, May 21
Visit Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park was once an abandoned Long Island City landfill; in the 1980s, it was turned into an open studio and exhibition space for artists, as well as a neighborhood park. It is now an internationally renowned outdoor museum and park offering a host of free family programs and a place to picnic or walk along the East River with a view of Manhattan’s skyline. The park hosts free music events, festivals and movies outdoors, as well as fun and unique classes and workshops for kids, teens and adults.

Tuesday, May 22
Ari Marcopoulos: Wherever You Go
Photographer Ari Marcopoulos got his start assisting Andy Warhol and has been inextricably associated with the downtown arts scene—however you define “downtown”—ever since. (Some of his finest work was in capturing the Beastie Boys, including the late, great Adam Yauch; see his book Pass the Mic: Beastie Boys 1991–1996 for proof.) This new exhibition at Chelsea’s Marlborough Gallery is composed of mostly black-and-white images with a ’zine-style, almost photocopied aesthetic. No, punk’s not dead, and neither is downtown.

related venues/(4)

  1. 1
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281
  2. 2
    New York Hall of Science
    47-01 111th St.
    Queens – Corona
    NY 11368
  3. 3
    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  1. 4
    Marlborough Chelsea
    545 W 25th St
    Manhattan – Chelsea

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