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Free in NYC this weekend
Just walking through Grand Central Station can be an event in itself; find a bench and the people-watching is entertainment enough. Making things even more exciting there this weekend is the 5th annual National Train Day. One word comes to mind: Yipee! It's among our picks for great freebies in the city this weekend.
Arts & crafts
DIY crafters, get ready to be more wound up than a ball of yarn: The New York Public Library's Hand-Made Crafternoon is 2 to 4 p.m. May 12. In room 227 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, crafters Maura Madden (author of "Crafternoon") and Jennifer Pagnelli ("Happy Home") will lead a session on making summer party decorations. The event is free, but you'll want to reserve a spot by emailing email@example.com, and ask them what you should bring.
Slip into your most comfortable heels to join the Fashion District walking tour, 10 a.m. May 11. Lasting up to two hours, the free tour starts at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue at 39th Street. Guide Michael Kaback offers a quick overview of NYC and its apparel history, and you'll walk past sites including the Fashion Walk of Fame. Offered through The Fashion Center, you will need to RSVP: 212-764-9600 or to MikesNYCTours@yahoo.com. Offered throughout the summer, check fashioncenter.com/neighborhood/walking-tours for additional dates.
Sheldon Cooper would be all over this! It's National Train Day May 12, folks, and that means the place to be is Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, 82 E.42nd St., where you can stroll through luxury railcars and freight and commuter trains. Check out historic Amtrak equipment and model train and high-speed rail displays, and follow your nose to live cooking demonstrations, complete with free samples. The festivities go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., though we suggest getting there early. More: nationaltrainday.com/events/newyork.
With a history dating to its opening in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th St., is an exhibit-packed place that just happens to have free admission Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. A tour goes from 1 to 2, but what really makes the art relatable for the kiddos is a hands-on portion immediatly after, and on May 13 children will have the chance to create personal illustrations inspired by the works of John Bankston. Info: studiomuseum.org.
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