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by Alyssa Grossman, 09/25/2012

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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.

September 26–October 2

Wednesday, September 26
High Line Kids: Play with Your Food! 
Though parents don't typically condone kids turning mealtime into playtime, on September 26 they'll have to make an exception for the final installment of this High Line Kids series. High Line vendor Terroir will be on hand between 3:30 and 5pm at the Seating Steps at West 22nd Street to give young foodies insider techniques and help them whip up a snack. For those who'd rather play architect than chef, the park's Children's Workyard Kit—filled with wood planks, ropes, gears, wheels, pulleys, found objects and other materials—will be available for crafting everything from forts to vehicles.

Thursday, September 27
Journey to the Stars with the Amateur Astronomers Association
Make your way to Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 Promenade for two hours of gratis stargazing, starting at 7:30pm, courtesy of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. The group—whose members also set up their high-powered telescopes in Carl Schurz Park, Central Park and on the High Line, among other locales around the City—provides the perfect introduction for those new to the practice. All ages are welcome to participate; those with their own binoculars or telescopes are encouraged to bring them along. 

Friday, September 28
Foto/Pods '12 
The DUMBO Arts Festival—a three-day celebration packed with performances, installations and open studios—continues its tradition of mounting striking public artworks with Foto/Pods '12, on Main Street between Water and Plymouth Streets. United Photo Industries culled the participants—who converted shipping containers into miniature art hubs—from more than 100 proposals by photographers and curators. This year's exhibitions include Nathan Bett's Learning to Disappear, a survey of how subjects react when they're photographed by a stranger, and Douglas Ljungkvist's Ocean Beach, an off-season look at New Jersey beachfront cottages. The shipping containers will be on display for the entirety of the festival, from September 28 to 30.

Saturday, September 29
Arts, Culture and Fun Presents: From Dutchmen to Beatniks, the History of Greenwich Village 
Greenwich Village, home of Washington Square Park, New York University and an eclectic past (and present), is full of historical spots. On September 29, discover the sites that give this neighborhood its distinctive character during a free tour by the New York Explorers. It begins at 2pm at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center with a short presentation about the neighborhood. Tourgoers will then set out to explore iconic spots like Washington Square Park, James J. Walker Park and what remains of Edgar Allen Poe's 19th-century home on West Third Street, and see why the area is a destination for everyone from music lovers and movie buffs to foodies to chess players. Prep for the excursion by reading our "Must-See Washington Square".

Sunday, September 30
Atlantic Antic 
It's only fitting that New York City's most populous borough throws an annual street fair as all-encompassing as Atlantic Antic. On September 30, from noon to 6pm, the stretch of Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue will be taken over by more than 500 booths, including vendors from the thoroughfare's restaurants and boutiques, pony rides, face painting, vintage NYC buses (courtesy of the MTA) and live acts that span the diverse cultures of residents. The mile-long, multi-neighborhood extravaganza gives thousands of festivalgoers a feel for Brooklyn's one-of-a-kind personality. 

Monday, October 1
The Sweet LIFE: A Celebration of the Golden Age of Italian Film
LIFE magazine's iconic images jump off the pages and out of the archives for this special show at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden. The two-week exhibition showcases shots of Italian actors and directors from the 1950s, the peak of that country's film industry. Among the featured actors are Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Gina Lollobrigida and Giulietta Masina, and director snapshots include those of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. The photographs are on display from September 27 to October 12, from 8am to 7pm daily. 

Tuesday, October 2 
Brooklyn Designer Open Studio Tours 
Delve into the minds and work worlds of Brooklyn's up-and-coming designers during this Archtober event presented by City Modern. On October 2, from 2 to 5pm, 12 studios will be open to the public—among them Snarkitecture, Egg Collective, Todd Bracher Studio, Token and Fort Standard. Designers will be present to share their visions and answer questions. Maps for the self-guided tours, as well as champagne and light refreshments, will be available at the Thos. Moser New York showroom, which, between 1 and 2pm, will host a discussion with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron and Thos. Moser head designer David Moser.

related venues/(4)

  1. 1
    The High Line
    Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street
    Manhattan – Meatpacking District
    NY 10011
  2. 2
    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
    Furman and Old Fulton Sts
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11201
  3. 3
    Tony Dapolito Recreation Center
    1 Clarkson St
    Manhattan – West Village
  1. 4
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281

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