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Free in NYC this weekend
Our picks for free events this weekend.
"Good Morning America's" 2012 Summer Concert Series begins Friday with singer-songwriter — and “Duets” judge — Robin Thicke. (The roster still has some holes, but other shows include the Beach Boys June 15, LMFAO June 29 and No Doubt July 27.) In its fourth year, the series takes place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. (Enter off Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street.) The concerts go from 7 to 9 a.m., but you can jockey for position when the park opens at 6.
Over at the “Today” show, the free concert is Pitbull. It's also from 7 to 9 a.m., so if rap is your preference, head to Rockefeller Plaza.
Hear ragtime and Tin Pan Alley classics from Todd Robbins, a pianist who not only plays with Woody Allen's Jazz Band but spends plenty of time at Coney Island eating glass as part of the Sideshows by the Seashore. Spread out your blanket in the Upper Terrace area of Bryant Park, 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, at 12:30 p.m. Friday and enjoy the two-hour show. More: bryantpark.org.
Governors Island hosts its Opening Weekend Family Festival Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Head to Nolan Park for music, dance, theater, arts and crafts, and even free bicycle helmet giveaways (while they last). You have two free ferry options: from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 S. St. in Lower Manhattan (starting at 10 a.m., and from 11 on, every half-hour.), and from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (every 20 minutes starting at 11 a.m.); the last ferries depart from Governors Island at 7 p.m. For more: governorsislandalliance.org.
If you make it to Governors Island, you have a chance to catch a game between the New York Gothams and New Jersey's Elizabeth Resolutes at noon. Playing at the Parade Grounds, the teams are part of the Vintage Base Ball Association and play according to 19th century rules — and in period costume.
Stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress — with a CV that includes writing for "30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,“ as well as a recent Comedy Central special, “Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace" -- hosts a weekly 9 p.m. comedy night at The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., in Williamsburg. It all goes down in the front bar; this of course means you must be 21 or older for these laughs. Info: bk.knittingfactory.com.
Pictured: Robin Thicke. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
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