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Free NYC events, festivals and activities

Living in New York City is beyond expensive. From rent to MetroCards to a cup of coffee, everything adds up quickly.

Luckily, there are tons of free events to check out in the city that never sleeps.

Here's our freebie guide to NYC.

Art opening: 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' (April 11)

The new exhibit,
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The new exhibit, "Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Art of the Natural World," brings together more than 130 works from Godwin-Ternbach Museum's own holdings to explore the relationship between nature and art, including Egyptian antiquities, pre-Columbian feathered textiles, late medieval prints with mythological and allegorical themes, and surrealist works by Magritte and Ernst. (Opening reception at 6 to 8 p.m., otherwise open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 405 Klapper Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, qc.cuny.edu)

Trivia Tuesday at Brookfield Place (April 8)

Brookfield Place's Trivia Tuesday gathers teams at Hudson
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Brookfield Place's Trivia Tuesday gathers teams at Hudson Eats for rounds of trivia with prizes. (Free, 6 to 8 p.m., 230 Vesey St.,  bfplny.com

Check out the cherry blossoms

In a few short weeks a spray of
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

In a few short weeks a spray of pink blossoms will decorate the city, heralding the arrival of spring. There are plenty of places to get awesome views of the cherry blossoms, including at this year's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 27 and 28. You also can enjoy them for free in Central Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Prospect Park and other scenic locales.

Explore city parks

Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green
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Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green spaces are pretty spectacular. Even if you've picnicked in Central Park or gone jogging in Prospect Park, there's always a new corner to explore. Check out the High Line or take a tour of Van Cortlandt Park. You really can't go wrong with any of the nature escapes the city has to offer.

Take a free tour of Brooklyn Brewery

On Saturday and Sunday, the Brooklyn Brewery offers
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On Saturday and Sunday, the Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours every half hour from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are released on the day of the tour only, so check its website before you hop over. (79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg,  brooklynbrewery.com)

Meet the neighbors at Queens County Farm Museum

This isn't the countryside but it will feel
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This isn't the countryside but it will feel like it. The 47-acre Queens County Farm Museum sits squarely within city limits and is the longest continuously farmed site in New York, which still includes the restored Adriance Farmhouse that was first built as a Dutch farmhouse in 1772. Visitors to the farm can hang out with the many animals on the property, including chickens, goats, sheep, pigs and cows, as well as purchase vegetables from the farm stand. Yarn culled from resident alpacas and Cotswold sheep is also for sale. (Free, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., 73-50, Little Neck Pkwy.,  queensfarm.org)

Visit the residents at Green-Wood Cemetery

Sprawling across 478 hilly acres in Greenwood Heights,
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Sprawling across 478 hilly acres in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn, this cemetery is one of New York's hidden treasures. Established in 1838, its roster of "residents" reads like a "Who's Who" of great New Yorkers -- political machine leader William "Boss" Tweed, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and communications pioneer Samuel F.B. Morse are all buried at this National Historic Landmark. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to March 31; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1 to Sept. 30; 500 25th St., green-wood.com)

Search out public art

Now that hibernation is behind you, get out
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Now that hibernation is behind you, get out and find the city's amazing collection of public art, from "Tilted Head" at Central Park to The Vessel, which is a climbable sculpture at Hudson Yards, and others you can find out about here.

'The Value of Sanctuary' (Feb. 14 - June 30)

A multi-disciplinary exhibition at St. John the Divine
Photo Credit: Cathedral of St. John the Divine / Jacob Hessler & Richard Blanco

A multi-disciplinary exhibition at St. John the Divine that explores the current political conversation about borders and identity, "The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls," opens on Thursday and will remain on view through June. Modern artists like Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek, Alexandra Bel, Jules de Balincourt, Alicia Eggert, Nona Faustine, For Freedoms, Jenny Holzer, Juliana Huxtable, ICY and SOT, Baseera Khan, Eiko Otake, Eva Petrič, Kiki Smith and more. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Harlem,  stjohndivine.org)

Commemorate the Stonewall Riots at NYPL

In June 1969, riots broke out around The
Photo Credit: The New York Public Library/Diana Davies

In June 1969, riots broke out around The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village -- the starting point of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. The New York Public Library is marking the 50th anniversary with "Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50," an exhibition offering a look at photography from the time, as well as other related media and images. In the photo: A Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square, 1969. (Free, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave., nypl.org)

'Exhibitionism' retrospective at the Museum at FIT (through April 20)

The Museum at FIT has pulled more than
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The Museum at FIT has pulled more than 80 ensembles from 33 of its most influential exhibitions over its history (of more than 200 exhibits in total) to curate its newest showcase -- "Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT." While 33 exhibits are far too many to name here, the best from the museum's "Fairy Tale Fashion," "Black Fashion Designers," "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: "Gothic: Dark Glamour," "Japan Fashion Now," "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," and much more are represented. (Free, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, fitnyc.edu)

Free Flatiron Tour (every Sunday)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID)
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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) hosts free, 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District by professional guides each Sunday. You'll stop by the famous Flatiron building, the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and more. (Free, 11 a.m., meet at the tip of the Flatiron building at 23rd Street, flatirondistrict.nyc)

'Drag Race All Star' viewing party (Sundays)

If you're a
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If you're a "Drag Race" fan, head to Loverboy Bar NYC in the East Village for a weekly viewing party hosted by Siren Starlite, Jacob Shoemaker and the creative collective Witch House. (8 p.m., 127 Avenue C, facebook.com)

Shape Up NYC fitness classes

The city offers free workouts and fitness classes
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The city offers free workouts and fitness classes across five boroughs, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, dance, aerobics, sculpting, boot camps and more. Why pay for a class you can get for free? Check on nycgovparks.org to find the nearest courses.

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
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Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St., facebook.com)

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