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by staff, 10/15/2014

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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.

October 15–21

Wednesday, October 15
Cornel West, Black Prophetic Fire 
Where: BookCourt
When: 7pm
Public intellectual—and political firebrand—Cornel West celebrates the release of his new book, which provides his take on six renowned African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida Wells-Barnett. West, who was most recently in the news for his provocative views on President Obama, will read from his book and take questions from the audience. Expect a charged, invigorating evening.

Thursday, October 16
Cao Fei, La Town
Where: Lombard Freid Gallery
When: 10am–5:30pm
Lauded Beijing artist Cao Fei's work frequently mixes surreal elements with social commentary; both of those instincts are on display in La Town, a solo show up through October 25. The work, a stop-motion animated film, offers a postapocalyptic rendering of a city, complete with miniature plastic figurines and foreboding narration. For a sample, take a look at the trailer, which at once recalls both James Cameron's dystopian vision of Los Angeles from The Terminator and, somehow, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Friday, October 17
UNIQLO Free Fridays at MoMA 
Where: The Museum of Modern Art
When: 4–8pm
Every Friday evening the Museum of Modern Art offers free admission to the public (courtesy of Japanese retailer Uniqlo, whose massive NYC flagship is located near the arts institution). In addition to the museum's formidable permanent collection—"The Starry Night," "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and too many others to name—MoMA is currently showing a survey of works by American artist Robert Gober as well as Henri Matisse's cut-outs—colorful works on paper.

Saturday, October 18
Super Sábado: Dia de los Muertos 
Where: El Museo del Barrio
When: noon–5pm
Celebrate the spirit world with El Museo del Barrio's Dia de los Muertos (the "Day of the Dead"), a 3,000-year-old Mexican holiday in which living family members honor and pray for those who have passed on. El Museo encourages participants to add their own offerings to its altar; face painting, storytelling, dance performances and a lively procession will also take place.

Sunday, October 19
Brooklyn Bridge Park Tour 
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: noon
Attend this guided tour of the gorgeous (and recently revitalized) Brooklyn waterfront by meeting a park docent at Pier 1. Topics covered on the jaunt include the history of the area and how Brooklyn Bridge Park came to be, along with the park's sustainability initiatives. Enjoy picturesque views of Manhattan, and find the time—before or after the tour—to explore nearby DUMBO

Monday, October 20
Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week
Where: Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets
When: various
Madison Avenue is home to some of the City's most glamorous retailers. During Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, the store windows that line the thoroughfare become exhibition spaces that celebrate the history of each participating brand. View curated displays at boutiques such as Bally, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Hermès. The event, which can be browsed via a mobile app, also benefits the Museum at FIT.

Tuesday, October 21
Wave Hill Garden Highlights Walk
Where: Wave Hill
When: 11am
Every Tuesday, Wave Hill offers free admission until noon (courtesy of Target), along with this free hour-long tour of their grounds. Explore seasonal flora, take in sweeping views of the Hudson River and get a break from the City's steel-and-concrete environs. The 28-acre garden, located in the northern section of the Bronx, is dedicated to providing NYC with a natural oasis, and offers a variety of programming for both children and adults.

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    163 Court St.
    Brooklyn – Cobble Hill
    NY 11201
  2. 2
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  3. 3
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  1. 4
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  2. 5
    Wave Hill
    675 W. 252nd St.
    Bronx – Riverdale
    NY 10471

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