There is no shortage of what to do in New York, everyone will agree. But what is truly astounding is how many of those things require little, or even no money to enjoy. Here is a short list of a much longer one containing a wide variety of cultural events that will not cost you a penny.
• Concerts in the Park with the New York Philharmonic: All five boroughs will play host to one of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, with Alan Gilbert conducting in four of them. They will be performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in Brooklyn on July 10; Queens July 11; Manhattan July 15 and in the Bronx on July 16. The program in Staten Island will take place on July 14, but the program has not been announced yet. For more information go to Concerts in the Park.
• Paul McCarthy: Life Cast: At the age of 67 McCarthy has gained the reputation as the “bad boy” of the art world. In his latest, and largest extravaganza, utilizing the huge space at the Armory, McCarthy parodies, or spoofs, or something, Walt Disney’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and calls it WS for White Snow. The entire production lasts seven hours, but it’s free, so feel free to leave at any time.
• Carol Bove’s “Caterpillars”: The Rail Yards are the last undeveloped stretch of the High Line elevated park, but it is going to be a morphed
into a landscaped public green space during 2014. Therefore now is a fantastic time to see the area as it was and is, but won’t be for much longer. Take advantage of this reservations-only exhibit of abstract spiral sculptures by Brooklyn artist Carol Bove. The seven pieces are spread over the 300-yard length of abandoned railroad tracks and are on display for free; it is only necessary to make reservations to enjoy them. Enter at 34th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues. Make reservations here, Carol Bove.