Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta today outlined a few of the hundreds of free and low-cost, family-friendly cultural activities occurring across the City and invited New Yorkers in all five boroughs to take full advantage of them. New York City offers countless attractions at museums, theaters, parks, recreation centers, public libraries, Business Improvement Districts and other venues, including special holiday events, with a free or suggested admission cost. Because of the City’s continued partnership with the cultural community, New Yorkers can experience all that makes New York the greatest city in the world for free or a cost that is often lower than the price of a movie ticket. Mayor Bloomberg also encouraged New Yorkers to help make a difference in their community by participating in some of the many volunteer opportunities available through NYC Service, the City’s comprehensive initiative to promote a new era of service and direct volunteers toward the areas of greatest need.
“With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better place in the world to be than New York City. The five boroughs are brimming with countless free and low-cost events and activities at our parks, museums, recreation centers and cultural institutions for New Yorkers and their families to take full advantage of,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “During the economic recession, I had asked the City’s commissioners to develop a tremendous range of free and inexpensive activities for New Yorkers to enjoy – and it’s something we’ve done ever since. With so many wonderful opportunities, you’ll never run out of things to see or do.”
“New York City’s cultural organizations are committed to welcoming audiences all year round, and do so much to enhance our quality of life during these tough economic times,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Levin. “There are so many ways to participate this winter season – visit a museum, see a show, or take a lesson. Thanks to a strong public-private partnership, people from across the five boroughs and around the world can experience what makes living, working and playing in New York City so great.”
“From stepping out on the ice at a skating rink, to stepping back in time at a Historic House, there are dozens of free or low-cost ways for families to enjoy parks this season,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Benepe. “It’s easy to stay active even as the outside temperatures drop, indoors at our 30 recreation centers and 12 indoor pools or outdoors on a vigorous hike with the Urban Park Rangers.”
“One of New York City’s greatest strengths is the diverse, colorful, exciting, and vibrant neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh. “This holiday season, go explore a new neighborhood, restaurant, local shop or attraction.”
“New York City is a destination for all ages and all interests, and one of the biggest draws for both visitors and residents alike are the many free and low-cost events taking place throughout the holiday season,” said NYC & Company CEO Fertitta. “From holidays markets to holiday windows, every neighborhood has something special to offer, and we hope that nearly 12.5 million people we expect to welcome to the city this season will share in the unique New York City holiday experience.”
New York City offers hundreds of events, exhibits and performances that are free or low-cost to the public. Below is only a sample of the opportunities that are available. For more information on these or other events, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov.
Kwanzaa Celebration at Studio Museum in Harlem
Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration in honor of the seven values in African Culture. Kuumba, or creativity, is the theme of this two-hour celebration of Kwanzaa at the museum. Join in a series of fun and creative activities including scavenger hunts in the museum galleries, button making, collage workshops and tons of giveaways. Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, Manhattan. Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. FREE.
New Year's Eve in Grand Army Plaza
Start the celebrations off with entertainment and hot refreshments at Grand Army Plaza. We can’t help you keep your resolutions, but we can get you off to a dazzling start! The best locations for viewing the fireworks include: anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive and along Prospect Park West between grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM. FREE.
New Year's Eve in Times Square
Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn to the lights and energy of Times Square. New Years Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration – it's a global tradition. Times Square, Manhattan. Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight. FREE.
The 35th Annual Three Kings Day Parade with El Museo del Barrio
Join the Museum and celebrate the 35th Anniversary of a time-honored procession through the streets of El Barrio, including camels, music, puppets, dancing, and parranda. Early registration is strongly suggested. Parade begins at 106th Street and Madison Avenue and ends at 115th Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan. Friday, January 6, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. FREE.
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Marvel at model trains and New York landmark replicas, explore the grounds and decorate and eat gingersnaps. This year, model trains in different stages of completion will show how a structure is framed and begins taking shape through the addition of plant material. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Weekends from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM until January 12, 2012. Tickets start at $10.
Tu B'Shevat Celebration
Celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees by participating in an interactive storytelling musical performance of The Hat Seller and the Monkeys and a shadow puppets presentation Under the Shade of the Mulberry Tree by NYC's own Play me a Story. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, Manhattan. Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. FREE.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Flushing, Queens – home to one of the largest concentrations of Chinese and East Asian residents in New York – hosts its annual Lunar New Year Celebration. The celebration departs from 39th Avenue and Union Street, Queens on Saturday, February 4, 2012. FREE.
Glowing Illustrations for Keats Drop-in Workshop at The Jewish Museum
Paint with watercolor and layer patterned papers to form a relief collage using light as a theme. View the exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and examine Keats’s vibrant colors and striking collages. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Monday, December 26, 2011 to Friday, December, 30, 2011, except Wednesday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free with museum admission, $7.50 - $12, and free for children under 12.
Family Fabric Collage Workshop at Derfner Judaica Museum
View Jane Trigeres’ textile installation, Women of the Balcony, created from vintage textiles and get creative. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Derfner Judaica Museum, 5901 Palisade Avenue, Bronx. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM. FREE.
The (S) Files 2011 at Lehman College Art Gallery
The (S) Files 2011 exhibition at Lehman College that will change the way you walk through the city. Conceptualizing the street (la calle) as a kind of visual library, la calle transforms into an opportunity to sample people, objects, costumes, and cityscapes. Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx. Available by appointment now through January 6, 2012. FREE.
Art Now: Romare Bearden Experience at Staten Island Museum
Jazz up your winter days with the colorful and rhythmic art of Roman Bearden. Experiment with collage and learn about Bearden’s work while listening to jazz. Call to register, walk-ins welcome. Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island. Monday, January 16, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Free with museum admission, $2 to $3, and free for children under 12.
Creative Reuse in New York City at MFTA Gallery
New York City’s largest reuse operations, Materials for the Arts (MFTA), presents Creative Reuse in New York City, an exhibition of recent work by three of its nonprofit member organizations – Flux Factory, Local Project, and Free Style Arts Association, as well as work by MFTA teaching artists and workshop participants. The exhibition features installations and sculptures made with repurposed materials. MFTA Gallery, 33-00 Northern Boulevard, Queens. Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM through February 29, 2012. FREE.
Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora at Skylight Gallery
View 35 photographic portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, of contemporary writers, along with excerpts from their works. Featured authors include Edwidge Danticat; Elizabeth Alexander; and Esperanza Spalding. Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn. Wednesdays to Fridays, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturdays, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, through March 31, 2012. FREE.
National September 11th Memorial
A national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The National September 11th Memorial includes two reflecting pools located within the footprints of the former Twin Towers and the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. National September 11th Memorial, 90 West Street, Manhattan. Advance reservations are required. FREE.
New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Forty-eight years ago, a teenager named André Watts launched his career with a featured appearance on one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concerts. This one-time prodigy is now one of America's most esteemed pianists. On this concert he joins the next generation of great young performers – participants in the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar – in Beethoven’s mighty Emperor Concerto. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM. Tickets start at $9.50.
Theo Bleckmann at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
As part of Target Free Thurdays, vocalist Theo Bleckmann performs from the songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. Joining Bleckmann will be percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey, and special guest Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan. Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM. FREE.
Dance Gotham at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Now in its sixth year, Dance Gotham continues to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these artists offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent and revealing. Scheduled to perform in two separate programs over two nights are artists from across the nation and an international company from Italy. Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan. Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets $10.
Harlem Stage presents Uptown Open 3rd Thursdays
Harlem Stage continues its partnership with Urban Word NYC to present Uptown Open for a second year. This monthly open mic series for teens is a safe, uncensored space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars, and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet. Arrive early to sign up for the open mic list. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan. Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets $5 for adults. Teens FREE.
Movement Research Open Performance
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists and works at all stages of development. Each evening includes an audience discussion, customarily moderated by current and former Movement Research Artists-in-Residence. 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM. FREE.
David Dorfman Dance: Prophets of Funk at The Joyce Theater
Prophets of Funk celebrates the groundbreaking, visceral and politically innovative music of Sly and The Family Stone, one of the first major national bands integrated along race and gender lines. The piece for eight dancers explores the prophetic possibilities of music and dance and invites everyday people to find strength and joy in the muck and mess – the funk – of everyday life. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan. Tuesday, January 24, 2012 through Sunday, January, 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM or 8:00 PM. Tickets start at $10.
Hot Peas ‘N Butter at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
This children's musical group combines an interactive approach to performance with multicultural music blending jazz, R&B, folk, rock and Afro-Caribbean tunes that will have your kids dancing in the aisles. This Target Family Fun presentation is recommended for ages four and up. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn. Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Tickets $7.
The Permanent Collection at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College
The permanent collection of more than 3,500 objects includes pieces from antiquity to the present such as 20th-century prints by Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol, sculpture from the ancient Near East, Africa and Latin America and ancient glass. Special exhibits include retrospectives of contemporary artists and themed exhibits based on the permanent collection. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens. Mondays through Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. FREE.
OUTDOOR AND PARKS ACTIVITIES
Glide Your Way through Winter at One of the City’s Skating Rinks
The Parks Department oversees ice skating rink, in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. In most rinks, you can skate for under $10. Ice skating rinks offer a safe way to enjoy the cold weather by participating in one of the most popular winter sports. Please call rinks before your visit to confirm hours, as outdoor skating rink schedules can change due to weather conditions.
In addition to general skating, the City’s rinks offer various skating lessons and hockey programs, including public sessions, learn-to-skate lessons, and youth and adult hockey programs. The ice skating rinks overseen by Parks are:
- Citi Pond at Bryant Park and Wollman and Lasker Rinks in Central Park, Manhattan
- Abe Stark Rink, Brooklyn
- The World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
- The World War II Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink in Cloves Lake Park, Staten Island.
Views From the Past in Central Park
As you promenade through the heart of Central Park, imagine yourself living in 19th-century New York City. Learn about the Park's history and hear how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. Tuesday, December 27, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Outside the Dairy Gift Shop in Central Park, Manhattan. FREE.
West Side Stories Walkthrough Across Central Park
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare. Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. West 81st Street and Central Park West, Manhattan. FREE.
Stay in Shape with Weekday and Weekend Fitness Walking Programs
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday take part in an hour of walking, stretching, strengthening and body toning using only the park, our own bodies and gravity. All levels are welcome and the program is modified to your level of ability. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM through January 1, 2012. Margaret Corbin Circle, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. FREE.
Wreath Interpretations Exhibition
Parks & Recreation is pleased to present the 29th annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition, a holiday tradition at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Fine artists, horticulturalists, and other creative individuals have created over 30 wreath interpretations, from classic organic to contemporary styles. More traditional wreaths are made from birch bark and harvested rice stalks, while other artists used more eclectic materials, such as paintbrushes, chopsticks, soldered metals, piano keys and even money. This year, artists have approached a number of different themes including the use of animal furs in fashion, worldwide drought, extinct Pterodactyls and the coronation of Roman Emperor Charlemagne. The Arsenal in Central Park, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Open weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM through January 12, 2012. FREE.
Ecology Walk at Staten Island Museum
Join the Nature Section for a walk through this winter wonderland and search for birds, deer and other chilly wildlife. P.S. 6, 555 Page Avenue, Staten Island. Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. FREE.
Winter Track & Field Clinic
Children ages 8 to 12 can learn the basic techniques of track & field events, and prepare to compete in organized competitions. Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 85 Bradhurst Avenue, Manhattan. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM through February 14, 2012. FREE.
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park
Focus on wildlife happenings in the park with NYC Audubon experts & the Urban Park Rangers. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, Bronx. Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM. FREE.
Renowned Installations Across Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park regularly exhibits installations by some of the world's most renowned artists, alongside projects by some of the nation's most promising emerging artists. Most of the work at the park is created on site and designed specifically to interact with its surroundings. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens. Mondays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. FREE.
Below is a sampling of holiday volunteer opportunities. For information on following opportunities or to locate additional ones in your neighborhood, visit www.nyc.gov.
Harlem RBI, a youth development organization in East Harlem, New York is seeking volunteer coaches for its baseball and softball teams. Play ball, understand the power of team work and provide a positive, team-based environment focused on teaching baseball and softball. To apply, visit www.harlemrbi.com.
The Jewish Museum
Museum visitor services volunteers greet visitors, distribute audio guides and assist visitors as needed. Sunday, weekday and Thursday evening slots are available. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a diverse group of visitors and staff are essential. Foreign language fluency is a plus. Short and long-term assignments are available. To download an application, please visit www.thejewishmuseum.org.
New York Cares
New York Cares volunteers work year round to keep our city's public spaces well maintained for all New Yorkers to enjoy and make sure that donated clothes and materials are redistributed to those in need. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and can choose from hundreds of flexibly scheduled volunteer projects every month. Learn more about volunteering with New York Cares at http://www.newyorkcares.org.
Part of the Solution
Part of the Solution (POTS) is a non-profit social service agency whose mission is to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come through the door. As a volunteer at POTS, you will help with meal preparation, plating food, serving plates and drinks to guests' tables, wiping tables or washing dishes. Visit www.potsbronx.org to find out how to apply.
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT EVENTS
Many BIDs have events in addition to those listed below; call 311 for further details.
Walking Tour of Historic Flatiron District
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership sponsors free walking tours of the historic Flatiron district every Sunday year-round. Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Madison Park, 23rd Street and Broadway, Manhattan. Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. FREE.
Stroll Through the Downtown Alliance BID and Enjoy the Bowling Green Greenmarket
The Bowling Green Greenmarket brings fresh offerings from local farms to Lower Manhattan’s historic Bowling Green plaza. Twice a week year-round neighbors, commuters, and visitors from around the world stop to load up on the season’s freshest fruit, crisp vegetables, beautiful plants, and freshly baked loaves of bread, quiches, and pot pies. Bowling Green Park, Whitehall Street and Pearl Street, Manhattan. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. FREE.
Holiday Windows throughout the Jamaica Center BID
As you take in the holiday festivities throughout the City, take a stroll through the Jamaica Center BID in Queens – and enjoy not only good deals, but festive holiday window displays designed by expert window designers. Throughout the Jamaica Center BID in Queens. FREE.
Breathtaking ‘Holiday Under the Stars’ Display at Columbus Circle
While you and your family celebrate the holiday season, visit the Time Warner Center as the Shops at Columbus Circle present Holiday Under the Stars – a “spectacular star show” featuring twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the Great Room. For the first time, this year's shows will be choreographed to tunes from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan. Every day from 5:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight through January 3, 2012. FREE.
Celebrating the Holidays in the Sunset Park BID
Marvel at special LED holiday streamers on every block, music from local school children and holiday decorations, as you shop and enjoy everything that Sunset Park and the community has to offer. Fifth Avenue from 38th Street to 64th Street, Brooklyn. Now through January 6, 2012. FREE.
Holiday Wreath Display with the East Midtown Partnership
View 62 redesigned holiday wreaths that decorate the neighborhood through Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. While you’re in the neighborhood drop off canned and non-perishable food items to benefit The Food Bank for New York City. 875 Third Avenue, Manhattan as well as several other locations throughout the district, until January 16, 2012. FREE.
Holiday Lighting in the Lincoln Square BID’s Broadway Malls
The decorative lighting in the malls not only brings out the spirit of the holidays to Lincoln Square, but also works towards keeping the district beautiful for those who visit. Evenings at the ten Broadway malls in the Lincoln Square district from 60th Street to 70th Street, Manhattan. Now through January 31, 2012. FREE.
Wild Animals on Broadway
Stroll along Broadway while enjoying a menagerie of wild animals taking over the Upper West Side, as part of a public art exhibit called “Peter Woytuk on Broadway.” The exhibit begins with a life-sized pair of elephants at Columbus Circle and concludes with a 2,500-pound trio of seated bulls in Morningside Heights. Broadway Mall Association, in conjunction with the Lincoln Square BID and the Morrison Gallery, is responsible for bringing the display of 46 colorful bronze animal sculptures to the mini-parks in the medians that run along Broadway. Broadway from Columbus Circle to Morningside Heights, Manhattan. Now through April 30, 2012. FREE.
Crossroads of New York Walking Tour
Union Square Partnership and Big Onion Walking Tours present a free, 90-minute walking tour on Saturdays at 2:00 PM entitled Union Square: Crossroads of New York. With the help of your guide, explore the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. Reservations are not required for individuals, but are required for groups. Tour departs from the Abraham Lincoln Statue, Union Square at 16th Street, Manhattan. Saturday afternoons at 2:00 PM. FREE.
VENUES with FREE or Suggested Admission
Pay what you wish for some of the most exciting exhibitions in the world:
- Alice Austen House Museum
- American Museum of Natural History (permanent collection)
- BRIC Rotunda Gallery
- Brooklyn Museum
- Bronx Museum of the Arts
- Flushing Town Hall: Gallery by suggested donation.
- Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning: Gallery is free at all times.
- Kentler International Drawing Space
- Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- El Museo del Barrio
- Museum of Biblical Art
- Museum of the City of New York
- National Museum of the American Indian
- P.S.1: Contemporary Art Center
- Queens Museum of Art
- Sculpture Center
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens
- Studio Museum in Harlem
- Staten Island Museum
Free hours at Cultural Venues
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Free all day on Tuesdays and on Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
- Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Free before 11:00 AM on the second weekend of each month, and Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
- Bronx Zoo: Every Wednesday is free.
- Guggenheim Museum: Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM.
- International Center of Photography: Voluntary contribution Fridays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
- Jewish Museum: Free every Saturday.
- Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium: Free performances every Thursday, 8:30 PM.
- Museum of Arts and Design: Pay what you wish Thursdays, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
- Museum of Chinese in America: Free every Thursday, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
- Museum of Jewish Heritage: Free Wednesday Evenings, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
- Museum of Modern Art: Free Friday Nights, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
- New Museum: Free Thursday Evenings, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
- New York Aquarium: Suggested donation Fridays after 3:00 PM.
- New York Botanical Garden: Free Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
- New York Hall of Science: Free Fridays from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
- Noguchi Museum: Pay what you wish the first Friday of every month.
- Rubin Museum of Art: Free Fridays, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
- Staten Island Children’s Museum: Grandparents free on Wednesdays.
- Staten Island Zoo: Free Wednesdays, 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM.
- Wave Hill Cultural Center: Free Saturdays and Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
- Whitney Museum: Pay what you wish Fridays, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.