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by Christina Parrella, 09/04/2013

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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 or more free events.

September 4–10

Wednesday, September 4
Sunset Pilates
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
When: 7–8pm
Grab your workout mat and head to Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a Pilates class in front of a gorgeous twilight backdrop. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who believed that the health of the body and mind are intertwined. This hour-long session aims to help students strengthen their cores, improve balance and flexibility and correct the alignment of their spines. The class is intended for Pilates pros, or at least those with prior experience. 

Thursday, September 5
We Know Not Exactly Where or How
Where: Open Source Gallery
When: 11am–2pm
Frederick Law Olmsted, the man responsible (along with Calvert Vaux) for designing Prospect Park and Central Park, believed parks were a civic experience that relied on community involvement. South Slope's Open Source Gallery honors Olmsted's vision in the interactive exhibition We Know Not Exactly Where or How. For the occasion, the space has essentially been transformed into an indoor park, complete with grass, trees and planters. The venue is set to host community-based performances, workshops and picnics, including a participatory patchwork picnic blanket project with local artists Athena Kokoronis and Jan Mun at 3pm on Thursday. Check for a full schedule of events. Even when no programming is scheduled, the gallery is an inviting area that can be used to unwind for a bit. The name of the exhibition comes from Olmsted himself, who, after visiting England's Isle of Wight in 1850, stated: "gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly where or how."

Friday, September 6
First Fridays at The Noguchi Museum
Where: The Noguchi Museum
When: 5–8pm
During the summer The Noguchi Museum hosts First Fridays, offering complimentary admission—and extended hours—starting at 5pm. For the last 2013 installment of the program, the museum (in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival) is set to screen the film 16 Acres, which focuses on the architectural, political and emotional efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center. The film begins at 7pm, following "Center of Attention"—a guided discussion of a single work of art on view—which starts at 6pm. Before the programming kicks off, take advantage of the free time by viewing the beautiful sculptures throughout the grounds. 

Saturday, September 7
PaleyFest Previews: Fall TV
Where: The Paley Center for Media
When: noon–7.30pm
If you're at the edge of your couch anticipating the season's new network television programs, the wait is over. Get a preview of selected fall shows at the New York City segment of PaleyFest, a bicoastal celebration of the small screen. During the NYC event, viewers can catch previews of fall premieres from the CBS, NBC and CW networks, including The Michael J. Fox Show, We Are Men and Reign. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.     

Sunday, September 8
Summer on the Hudson: 11th Annual West Side County Fair
Where: Riverside Park, Pier I
When: 1–7pm
Looking to escape big city life for a day? Head to Riverside Park for a country hoedown, complete with carnival rides, games, live performances and even a reptile show. Kids can watch the aerialists and sideshow acts of the Lady Circus or learn about how they can protect the ecosystem in the "Green Acre" environmental corner. Paleface, Tumbling Bones and Laura Dunn are among the performers set to play. The fair runs inside the park between West 66th and West 72nd Streets. 

Monday, September 9
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre  
When: 11pm
Hosted by Leo Allen (who's written for Saturday Night Live), this local stand-up showcase welcomes both popular and alternative comics. The weekly late-night event has featured sets from the likes of David Cross, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo. Reservations are not required but can be made online at

Tuesday, September 10
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Where: Mad46 Rooftop Lounge
When: 9pm
Based on Truman Capote's beloved novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's follows flighty socialite Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn in perhaps her most memorable performance) as she makes her way through New York City in ever-so-charming fashion. Relive the classic film—and that famed opening scene in which Golightly, bedecked in pearls and large black sunglasses, nibbles on a breakfast pastry as she peers into the window of a certain jewelry store. The movie starts at 9pm, but cinephiles can enjoy a preshow cocktail party beforehand beginning at 8pm. Admission is free, but wear comfortable shoes—those who sit are expected to order at least $20 worth of food and drink.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  2. 2
    The Noguchi Museum
    9 - 01 33rd Rd. @ Vernon Blvd.
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  3. 3
    The Paley Center for Media
    25 W. 52nd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  1. 4
    Riverside Park
    Riverside Drive to Hudson River
    72nd St. to St Clair Pl.
    New York – Upper West Side
    NY 10115
  2. 5
    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
    307 W. 26th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  3. 6
    mad46 Rooftop Lounge
    The Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10017

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