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Free Events & Activities Near Gateway

Apr 29, 2021

The weather has been gorgeous lately, making it the ideal time to get out and enjoy everything New York City has to offer! One of the best things about the city is that, even while we are surrounded by world-class restaurants, shopping, and cultural institutions, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy Manhattan on the cheap! With so many activities and events happening around NYC this spring, we thought we’d round up the top 5 free things to do in NYC right now. 

The Macy’s Flower Show   

The iconic Macy’s Flower Show returns this year to Herald Square on Sunday, May 2nd. The two week exhibition will feature fascinating flowers and plants from around the world, with awe-inspiring arrangements centered around the theme of “Give. Love. Bloom.” Head to the famous department store for gorgeous displays sure to inspire hope and joy. Learn more about the flower show here.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge    

Just a short ways from Gateway, a walk across the majestic Brooklyn Bridge is always an excellent way to spend a spring afternoon. As you cross, catch stunning views of Lower Manhattan, the East River & Statue of Liberty, and DUMBO in Brooklyn. On the Brooklyn side, meander through vibrant Brooklyn Bridge Park and be sure to grab a ride on Jane’s Carousel--reopening May 1st!


Online Meditation Class 

Check out a free guided meditation class, called “Let’s Meditate New York,” offered online via zoom this Sunday, May 2nd. The class is aimed to introduce beginners to the practice of meditation, helping newcomers through best practices and techniques to find “the awakening of healing energy within us that gives peace and balance.” Find more information about the free class here.


Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Now through Sunday, May 2nd, stop by Brookfield Place for a digitally interactive performance by contemporary group Monica Bill Barnes & Company. An immersive theater experience, “It’s 3:07 Again,” invites audience members to choose their own path through Brookfield Place and find connection with others again after the distance of this last year. Learn more here.


Visit Trinity Church & Cemetery 

To learn more about the fascinating history of our downtown Manhattan neighborhood, head to Trinity Church & Cemetery at the end of Wall Street. The Neo-Gothic Trinity Church was once the tallest structure in NYC (before the building of the Brooklyn Bridge), and streams services and free events--like poetry and sculpture workshops--via their website. The cemetery adjacent to the Church is the burial site of Alexander Hamilton and other prominent US figures.


We hope you enjoy these awesome free events happening now near Gateway! Let us know which ones you check out by tagging us at #YourGateway!