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by Christina Parrella, 11/05/2013

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November 6–12

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, November 6
Owl Walk with Mike Feller
Where: Inwood Hill Park
When: 6:30–8pm
Have a hoot of a time searching for owls in this northern Manhattan park. The walk, led by naturalist Mike Feller, will give amateur owl watchers a view of the park’s predatory birds, and participants will learn how to call, or "hoo," for one. Great horned owls—recognizable by their yellow eyes, long, feathery ear tufts and deep hooting sound—are frequently spotted here; the storybook birds prefer old, tall trees, making these Inwood environs a perfect home for them.

Thursday, November 7
Pete Hamill, The Christmas Kid
Where: Word
When: 7pm
Journalist, novelist and Brooklyn native Pete Hamill recounts a lifetime of memories from his favorite borough in The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories. The collection of 36 tales—not, by the way, holiday themed—presents a bygone New York City that in Hamill's eyes was grittier, more affordable and even more romantic. At this event, Hamill will read from his book and sign copies.

Friday, November 8
Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1
Where: Industry City
When: noon–6pm
Last year Superstorm Sandy hit the Tristate area with such force that neighborhoods of NYC and surrounding regions are still recovering. For the storm's anniversary, Industry City—a burgeoning creative-arts incubator in Brooklyn's Sunset Park—hosts a two-month pop-up exhibition. The show features work from artists directly affected by the storm as well as work inspired by Sandy and the community solidarity that emerged in the weeks after. Paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists including Sallie Benton, Tom Doyle and Matt Benedetto will be on display during the exhibition; poetry readings, film screenings and panel discussions will take place as well. The event runs until December 15.

Saturday, November 9
White House Down
Where: Sony Wonder Technology Lab
When: 12:15pm and 3pm
Enjoy a riveting afternoon movie at this interactive Midtown space. In White House Down, the nation's executive branch comes under attack by a group of rebels armed with powerful weaponry. While on a tour of the White House with his daughter, police officer John Cale, played by Channing Tatum, finds himself in the middle of the action. In a story with multiple twists, Cale acts to save the president, played by Jamie Foxx, his own daughter and the symbol of democracy itself.

Sunday, November 10
Fashion District Walking Tour
Where: Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street
When: 2pm
Explore New York City's Garment District during this tour, led by guide Mike Kaback. The expedition starts at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 39th Street and can last up to two hours; stops might include a private showroom, a sample sale, Mood Designer Fabrics shop and more, allowing participants to learn about the neighborhood's historical significance. Though it's free, reservations are required; secure your spot by emailing

Monday, November 11
Queens Museum Reopening: Festival of Artmaking for Families
Where: Queens Museum
When: noon–5pm
After an extensive renovation and expansion, the Queens Museum is celebrating its November 9 reopening in grand fashion. As part of the three-day fete, the museum (formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art) will debut five new exhibitions and put on free performances and festivities related to the Queens International 2013 biennial. This family-friendly event lets young museum-goers partake in a scavenger hunt, tours of the exhibitions and numerous workshops—among them, sessions on brush painting, puppet making and even pickling. Additionally, kids can get a hands-on art lesson with Meglena Zapreva, whose work is featured in the biennal.

Tuesday, November 12
Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park
Where: Fort Tryon Park
When: 7:30­–8:30am
If your energy levels are slowly ebbing as the cold of winter nears, an outdoor workout class may be the ideal remedy to jump-start your exercise routine and improve your mood. The weekly program focuses on strengthening exercises as well as walking and stretching, all of which are meant to increase core strength (and, in turn, to help prevent winter weight gain). Organizers recommend participants wear comfortable clothing and bring water to this hour-long class, which starts shortly after sunrise.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Inwood Hill Park
    Dyckman St and Payson Ave
    Manhattan – Washington Heights
    NY 10034
  2. 2
    126 Franklin St
    Brooklyn – Greenpoint
    NY 11222
  3. 3
    Industry City
    220 36th St
  1. 4
    Sony Wonder Technology Lab (now closed)
    550 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10022
  2. 5
    Queens Museum
    New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11368
  3. 6
    Fort Tryon Park
    Fort Tryon Park
    Manhattan – Washington Heights
    NY 10040

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