Museums, Concerts, Research, Reading, Exercise!
Things To Do Online for Free

We'll keep adding more, so visit this page again soon.
Another good list is "When You Need Something To Do" on COHME's website, or just find the website for your favorite museum, theater, musician... Almost everyone has virtual offerings these days!

 
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YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STREET TREES: The New York City Street Tree Map brings New York City’s urban forest to your fingertips. Want to know what tree is outside your window? You have access to information about every street tree in New York City. Learn about the trees that make up our city’s urban forest, mark trees as favorites and share them with your friends, and record and share caretaking and tree stewardship activities.

 

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: While the library buildings are closed, you can still check out e-books or do research. Free with your library card you can research family history, learn more about Brooklyn history, find health and wellness information, or learn a new skill. Check out their online resources page.

In addition, while in-person events are on hold, the library is offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts, Zoom meetings, and streaming from our branch staff! They are adding many talks, programs, and broadcasts from the branches during this time

Check out their Virtual Programming page.

MUSEUMS: The online publication, Hyperallergic, offers contemporary perspectives on art, culture, and more. If you’re feeling hungry for art while you’re stranded at home, they've got a page with 12 selections out of 2,500 world-class museums and galleries that are now offering virtual tours and online collections.

THE TENEMENT MUSEUM AT HOME

The Tenement Museum explores stories of immigration and migration through guided tours of our two tenement buildings at 97 and 103 Orchard Street and their Lower East Side neighborhood. At home you can download images from their collection, read stories of the tenements, learn from the digital exhibit in honor of women’s history, "Women: Agents of Change"; listen to podcasts; and watch the website for live virtual events .

CONCERTS: National Public Radio has a list of online concerts on this page by date and with just about any genre - classical, pop, folk, opera, jazz, RnB. Or, just go to YouTube and search  for artists that you like. You can find almost anything there!

MET OPERA STREAMS: Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN: The garden is in bloom even as it has been closed. Garden staff has live tours occasionally, and the video is posted on the website. Check it out now and then. The Japanese garden tour is especially lovely! If you can't get out, you can enjoy Spring-in-the-garden online.

TRANSIT MUSEUM SUBWAY STORIES: A new online exhibit, "Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis," offers a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes. There's lots more on their website too.

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Brooklyn stories from BHS's archives, brought to life on the web. "In Pursuit of Freedom" explores Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement. "An American Family Grows in Brooklyn" tells the story of the Lefferts Family and Brooklyn’s transformation from an agricultural frontier to a diverse urban center. The Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Historical Society have partnered to reveal the history of the borough’s waterfront. And more!

YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK - VIRTUAL WORKOUTS

Virtual Workouts and a special set of videos for seniors.
Stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit with virtual workouts and resources.

SONNET A DAY FROM PATRICK STEWART: "A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away?" Shakespearean actor of Star Trek fame is reading a sonnet a day on his Twitter feed. You can listen without a Twitter account, so just click on the link (make sure your sound is on and enabled on the video). Or you can get started by reading the article and listen to a couple sonnets on The Patch news feed.

SHORT FILMS FROM SXSW

SXSW has long been a champion of independent filmmakers, and premiering a short film at the festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for creators to share their vision with the world. When the City of Austin had to cancel this year’s festival, hundreds of filmmakers lost the opportunity for their work to be seen. These free films are presented by MailChimp.

IDEAS FOR WRITING POETRY

Author and poet Joyce Sidman has a nice website with ideas for budding poets. Want to write poetry right now? Click on any of these poetry ideas for ways to start writing! Perfect for teachers, students, and budding poets with a section of basic Poem Starters for Older Writers.

KEEP LEARNING, WHEREVER YOU ARE
Is coronavirus affecting your education or work? Explore online courses to continue studying, build professional skills, and connect with experts. Future Learn offers many online courses, some of which are free.