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by Christina Parrella, 04/09/2014

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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 deals section for more free events.

April 9–15

Wednesday, April 9
Emma Goldman's Legacy 
Where: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
When: 6:30pm
Known for her revolutionary beliefs, activist, writer and speaker Emma Goldman spent her life advocating for freedom of expression and the rights of women and workers. Her ideals (and actions), considered radical during the early 20th century, caused many to label Goldman an anarchist, but her books and powerful speeches—often given on the streets of the Lower East Side—also helped spread positive messages. Join historian Thai Jones, City Council member Rosie Mendez and others as they discuss Goldman's impact on American culture. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Thursday, April 10
"Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel, with Sherill Tippins"
Where: New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan branch
When: 6:30–8:30pm
Throughout its 100-year-plus history, the fabled Chelsea Hotel was a stomping ground for artists, musicians and writers (its conversion from bohemian hangout to boutique hotel is currently in limbo). Residents included notables like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. Author Sherill Tippins—who also wrote February House, about a short-lived literary commune in Brooklyn Heights—documents the history of the hotel in Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel. Tippins will give a lecture based on the book at this event.

Friday, April 11
Doors to the Bronx
Where: Poe Park Visitor Center
When: 8am–4pm
Celebrate the Bronx's centennial with this exhibition of paintings by artist Danilo Peguero, all of which take the doors of the boroughs' buildings as their subject. Baroque, neoclassical and plenty of other entryway styles are well represented; examples include the portals of Montefiore Medical Center, Kingsbridge Armory and St. Philip Neri Church on Grand Concourse. The artworks offer a unique opportunity to survey Bronx architectural history. 

Saturday, April 12
Captain Phillips 
Where: Sony Wonder Technology Lab
When: 3pm
In case you missed the fanfare during awards season, Captain Phillips tells the story of the 2009 takeover of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship, seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, the movie stars Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage for the five-day ordeal. RSVP for the screening by calling 212-833-8100.

Sunday, April 13
Downtown Literary Festival
Where: Bowery Poetry Club, McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
When: 10am–5pm
Venerable SoHo reading dens McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Café team up for a literature-packed day dedicated to New York City authors. The second annual festival features a celebration of language poet Alice Notley, stories about shuttered nightspots and separate discussions of NYC movies, class issues and 1950s culture. Participating authors include Richard Price, Colm Tóibín and Francine Prose. Check the complete schedule for a list of the day's events; those who want to warm up for the proceedings should hit the happy-hour opener on Friday night at 6pm (also at Housing Works).

Monday, April 14
Shape Up NYC's Couch to 5K: Group Run
Where: Lefferts Historic House
When: 7–8pm
Now that the weather has (finally) changed, it's time to get outdoors. This one-hour class combines walking, conditioning training and running to get participants in shape to complete a 5K race. Note: the group meets in rain or shine, so dress appropriately. 

Tuesday, April 15
Samsung Galaxy Studio
Where: 130 Prince St.
When: noon–8pm
Tech lovers looking to get their hands on the newest Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Note Pro—the latest and fastest Android tablet—will enjoy the Samsung Galaxy Studio pop-up in SoHo. This interactive shop showcases state-of-the-art Samsung gadgets, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (used by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars) and the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's first wearable smart watch. There will also be hands-on interactive demos given by Samsung experts. Families will appreciate the section dedicated to kids, featuring child-friendly gear like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids and the Note Design Studio, which allows little ones to create and design artworks that can be printed and taken home. 

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Lower East Side Tenement Museum
    103 Orchard St.
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  2. 2
    Sony Wonder Technology Lab (now closed)
    550 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10022
  3. 3
    The Bowery Poetry Club
    308 Bowery
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10012
  1. 4
    McNally Jackson
    52 Prince St.
    Manhattan – NoLIta
    NY 10012
  2. 5
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby St.
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012
  3. 6
    Lefferts Historic House
    Enter at the Park’s Willink Entrance
    Multiple Locations

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