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by Christina Parrella, 09/17/2014

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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 Save the Date section for more free events.

Wednesday, September 17
Visit the Bronx Zoo
Where: Bronx Zoo
When: 10am–5pm
The Bronx Zoo is the premier place to study and appreciate the world's many creatures—and on Wednesdays, entrance is pay what you wish. Home to more than 6,000 animals, the zoo spans 265 acres that re-create the diverse natural habitats of its numerous residents. Watch feedings, take a guided tour and have the kids go for a ride (for a fee) on the bug carousel or on a real live camel.

Thursday, September 18
Betty Halbreich in Conversation with Isaac Mizrahi
Where: Barnes & Noble, 86th and Lexington Ave
When: 7pm
Over the course of the past 40 years, Betty Halbreich, famed personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, has dressed socialites, royalty, actresses (including the late Lauren Bacall) and the general public with signature grace. In her new memoir, I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist, Halbreich spins anecdotes, gives sartorial advice and discusses her long tenure at the famed department store. She'll sit down with designer Isaac Mizrahi to talk about her book and career.

Friday, September 19
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
When: 4–10pm
Now in its third year, Photoville is a two-week pop-up photography exhibition that utilizes repurposed shipping containers for its backdrop. Artists and art lovers come together for installations, talks and workshops, along with a few multimedia presentations that take place after the sun goes down. Among the exhibitions this year are images of bedrooms belonging to deceased Iraq war vets and large-format images of farmers and ranch hands

Saturday, September 20
Hands-on History: We the People 
Where: King Manor Museum   
When: noon–3pm
Celebrate the signing of the US Constitution (which took place at the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, though the document was not ratified until the following year) at this family-friendly event. Kids will get to make their own American flags (following 19th-century designs) and practice writing with a quill and ink, the same way our nation's founding fathers once did. Guests will also be able to tour the King Manor Museum and learn about Rufus King, one of the authors of the Constitution as well as one of New York State's first senators. 

Sunday, September 21
Brooklyn Book Festival
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall
When: 10am–6pm
The Brooklyn Book Festival returns for its ambitious, sprawling celebration of the written word. A week of lead-up events culminates on Sunday with a marketplace of literary vendors jockeying for the attention of the bookish hordes and an array of readings and panels that take place on indoor and outdoor stages. Among the readers: Lev Grossman, author of the New York Times best seller The Magician's Land, and debut novelists Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Panic in a Suitcase) and Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space). 

Monday, September 22 
Larry Krone, Look Book
Where: The Public Theater, Philip and Janice Levin Foundation Mezzanine
When: 10am–7pm
Artist and designer Larry Krone—current artist in residence at Joe's Pub—presents photos from the soon-to-be released Look Book. The series, shot by Todd Oldham, features Krone's custom creations (made for his label House of Larréon) modeled by various performers, including cabaret star Bridget Everett. Other models in the book include Jim Andralis, Becca Blackwell and Krone himself, who dons his Larry Krone Brand Western wear. The exhibition will be on view until September 25. 

Tuesday, September 23
Harper Perennial Publishers 50th Anniversary Celebration 
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
When: 7pm
Harper Perennial, a Harper Collins imprint, celebrates its 50-year anniversary with a panel that honors its classic releases. Speakers include writer-of-the-moment Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) as well as novelists Kate Zambreno and Simon Van Booy. The authors will discuss their work, what makes certain literature endure and the future of publishing. The New Yorker's Ben Greenman moderates the event. RSVP here.

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  1. 1
    Bronx Zoo
    2300 Southern Blvd.
    NY 10460
  2. 2
    Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington Ave
    150 E. 86th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  3. 3
    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
    320 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  1. 4
    King Manor Museum
    150-03 Jamaica Ave
    NY 11432
  2. 5
    Brooklyn Borough Hall
    209 Joralemon St
    Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
    NY 11209
  3. 6
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001

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