With more time on your hands at home these days, you can finally catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read.

Social distancing, though, may make it impossible to head to your local bookstore, but you can still borrow books from the library simply by being a New York City resident. Despite closing its physical locations, the New York Public Library has more than 300,000 titles you can read digitally.

To gain access, NYPL’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android.

There is a limit of three books that you can borrow because there has been a surge in the app’s usage now that we’re all at home, according to the library.

You can also search the library’s collection of 800,000 digitized items, including historic prints, photographs, maps, and manuscripts and check out Mango Languages and Career Cruising with your library card.

And if you don’t have a library card, now’s the time to sign up. You can do that on the SimplyE app, too!

The Brooklyn Public Library also has titles you can borrow on its website if you have a card, and the Queens Library system, which is purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films for this occasion, uses a number of e-reader apps. You can get a Queens Library eCard here.

Happy reading!

Courtesy of Timeout.com

Katz Summer Concert Series Announces 7 Free Queens Performances

Katz Summer Concert Series Announces 7 Free Queens Performances

The Queens Symphony Orchestra, a Grammy-winning rapper and a Beatles cover band are among those playing free Queens concerts this summer.

QUEENS, NY — Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has partnered with Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the parks department to host her fifth annual free summer concert series.

The 2019 Katz Concert series resumes on July 21 with a performance by Grammy-winning rapper Mr. Cheeks, a South Jamaica native.

All performances are free, outdoors and last about an hour and a half. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Continue Reading ›



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Since HBO first started showing films in Bryant Park in 1992, free movie screenings have become a summertime tradition in the City. All kinds of films—Hollywood classics, current blockbusters and indie gems—are screened at outdoor venues throughout the five boroughs, with stunning backdrops like the Manhattan skyline (Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies with a View) and the Coney Island Cyclone (Coney Island Flicks on the Beach).

This season’s offerings include recent hits like Green Book and Crazy Rich Asians, ’80s classics When Harry Met Sally and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and family-friendly flicks such as Mary Poppins Returns and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Below is a schedule of free film screenings throughout New York City, organized by day of the week. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings start at dusk, typically around 8:30pm. Check the listings for details and then grab a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy cinema alfresco, NYC style. Continue Reading ›

Your Library Card Now Gets You Free Access To More Than 30 NYC Museums


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NYC’s library card just got a Moviepass-sized upgrade. NYC library members can now access 33 cultural bastions throughout the city thanks to the new Culture Pass initiative, which seeks to give equal admission to the city’s finest attractions to all New Yorkers, regardless of economic circumstances.

And may we just say: It’s a pretty sweet deal, regardless of which borough you reside in. I can’t count the number of times I was too broke to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens when I had to return a book at the Central Library next door. And the Whitney? Am I about to become, dare I say, fancy? Though rent is unmanageable and the MTA is devolving into a Mad Max-levels of chaos, it is nice to know that the city wants us to explore what it has to offer.    Continue Reading ›

World’s Fair History Walking Tour – FREE


Sure, you know the New York State Pavilion, but did you know it’s just steps from two time capsules scheduled to be opened in five thousand years?  Or that NYC’s second-oldest antiquity is nearby under a tree? Continue Reading ›