NYC LIFE: Free Summer Fun, Shakespeare, Opera & Tennessee Williams

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We love this time of year in NYC, and especially all the wonderful free things to do, like Shakespeare in the Park, music at Bryant Park, and fun walking tours. And you can experience the genius of Tennessee Williams, practically for free – $15 donation.   And if you love brunch and opera, grab these half price tickets via Goldstar.  Enjoy our city.



May 21. Opera Brunch at Le Poisson Rouge

A unique and tasty way to discover and appreciate the majestic art form, Opera Brunch is a powerful way to hear some of the world’s greatest voices. Hosted by baritone David Serero, you’ll first enjoy three-course meal at the prestigious Le Poisson Rouge and then experience an opera show featuring performers from the Metropolitan Opera as well as major European houses. It’s an entertaining and informative way to experience the culture. Don’t miss this delectable afternoon of music and food.  158 Bleecker Street  New York City, NY 10012.  Get $100 tickets for $50 via Goldstar.


May 23 to June 18.  Julius Caesar in Central Park

FREE Shakespeare in the Park is back, and first up is Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s play of politics and power, last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Get the details.


Now thru Sept. 29. Piano at Bryant Park

This free summer concert series brings the sounds of live jazz, ragtime and stride piano to Bryant Park. Stop by the bright green piano at the base of the William Cullen Bryant Statue to hear tunes from talented musicians, weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30pm. Select performances throughout the series will also feature sing-alongs and tap dancers. Pianists include Jon Weber, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz, and Grammy-nominated jazz performer Sue Maskaleris. Get more details.


Free Walking Tours of the Garment District

Explore New York City’s Garment District during this one-and-a-half-to-two-hour tour, led by Mike Kaback. You might visit a private showroom, a sample sale, Mood Designer Fabrics and more, all while learning about the neighborhood’s historic background and importance. The tour—which starts at 10am on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street—is free, but reservations are required; you can make them by emailing mikesnyctours@yahoo.com.

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