Free Events this October in New York City

Wooden crates of fresh and colorful apples in new York.
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We recently shared some of the top things we’re looking forward to this October (you can view the post here!), but with the abundance of activities that literally don’t cost a cent available in NYC on any given day, we thought we’d start a new monthly column for you guys: 5 FREE events happening in NYC this month! This way you can enjoy the city, and allocate more funds to dining out, travel, or moving into your dream luxury apartment. You decide!

Below are the top 5 free events we’re looking forward to for the month of October.

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Experience Relaxation at The Bristol

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Architecture Open House: October 14th-15th

Over the course of the Open House New York weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to visit over 240 of NYC’s most architecturally and culturally significant places–many of which are closed to the public throughout the rest of the year. Along with strolling through the buildings and sites, there will be plenty of talks and performances to elevate your knowledge about the places. The visits are free, but many require advance reservations–so make sure to check out your favorites online ahead of time, and reserve your spot!

The open houses are happening all over the city, making it super simple to attend no matter what Glenwood building you live in!

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Moving to Manhattan’s East Side?

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Big Apple Crunch: October 19th

Calling all apple lovers! This month, New Yorkers all across the state will be joining together to break the world record of 1,000,000 apple eaters. The Big Apple Crunch, which originated in NYC five years ago created by GrowNYC a nonprofit, is hoping to raise awareness about getting better accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables. Hundreds of thousands of students at schools and college campuses across New York State will crunch into an apple at lunch time, joined by hundreds of thousands of individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, state agencies, farmers markets, corporate cafeterias, and retail establishments.

Crunches are being celebrated all over the city. For Glenwood residents interested in taking part there are crunches happening in greenmarkets all across the city. For residents downtown, check out the Bowling Green Thursday Greenmarket. For West Side residents, visit the Columbia Thursday Greenmarket. And for those living in and around the Midtown buildings, Rockefeller Center Greenmarket will be participating as well.

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Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla: October 29th

While there will be plenty of places for kiddos in NYC to trick-or-treat, we personally think the Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park is an event not to be missed. From 4 to 7pm, you and your kiddos can enjoy spooky stories, crafts, a costume parade, and perhaps the best part of all–a pumpkin float! Bring your own carved pumpkin to float across the Harlem Meer at twilight–it’s sure to be a spookily splendid sight to behold!

Being held in Central Park, this fun pumpkin festival may be of particular interest to residents of Hampton Court, which is walking distance from the Meer.

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