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Top Picks for Free Activities
New York City is always full of free activities, and summer is no exception. Stephanie Matthei, concierge at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, shares her picks for upcoming free activities in the city. “All around the city, during the summer, are free summer movie screenings,” Matthei says. She recommends a trip to Pier 63 on August 21st at 8:30 p.m. to see the science fiction adventure film The Hunger Games. Or, head to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn to see the Hitchcock classic Vertigo, which will be shown August 22nd at 8:30 p.m. “Both venues are on the water and they offer great views,” she says. “Be sure to pack a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a movie with a view.” You can learn more about the venerable Grand Central Terminal and its surrounding Midtown East neighborhood with a free walking tour every Friday at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are not required and all participants need to do is meet at the sculpture courtyard at 120 Park Ave. for the tour. “On the tour, you will be able to experience some of the popular Midtown East landmarks while also learning the secrets of the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal,” Matthei says. She also has several ideas for a fun day of freebies in Manhattan’s popular Chelsea neighborhood. The area is teeming with galleries, which gives people the opportunity to view incredible works without the pressure to buy. “If you time it right, you can also go to gallery openings on Thursday evenings, which offer some great wine and cheese,” she says. For the fashionistas, Matthei recommends a visit to The Museum at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology). Located at W. 27th St. and Seventh Ave., the museum boasts more than 50,000 garments and accessories, dating from the 18th century to the present, as well as rotating exhibitions. Matthei says a must “to do” while touring Chelsea is walking the High Line. This elevated public park, which stretches from W. 30th St. all the way to Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District “offers amazing views of the city and has plenty of benches and seating areas to kick back and relax,” she says.