Tuesdays aren't just for Morrie any more. Make the most of your Tuesday:
Stop and Smell the Roses - Brooklyn Botanical Garden - This is the best botanical garden in New York (yeah, every borough has one). It's open year-round and although the cherry trees are best in April and the Lily Pond is best in the summer, it's pretty all the time. By far my favorite part is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Go ahead, click that link and scroll through the pictures. They have educational classes and a children's garden (got any kids age 2-17?) planted and harvested by local kids. The Garden gets more than 900k visitors a year. Let's get that up over a million. It deserves it.
Classical Lunch on South Street - Juilliard Chamber Music - There's no website for this one, you'll just have to trust me. If you work in the Financial District, head over to 180 Maiden Lane (two blocks down from South Street Seaport) any Tuesday from September to June at 12:30 to listen to the most talented classically trained youth in the world. It takes place in the Continental Center and lasts for an hour.
Free Movies!! - NYPL for the Performing Arts - Who wants to pay $13 for a movie? Not me. Not when you can see classics like "Prix de Beauté" and "That Touch of Mink" with Cary Grant and Doris Day. Ok, I've never heard of either, but it's a fun afternoon if you can make it. Screenings take place every Tuesday at 2:30 in the Cullman Center in Lincoln Center.
There's No Turning Back Now - Staten Island Museum - If you somehow find yourself on the Staten Island Ferry, because somebody told you it's a great way to see lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty for free, as soon as you pass Liberty Island you'll realize that you're headed to Staten Island. And there's nothing you can do about it. If this happens, you can wander two blocks to the Staten Island Museum, which is free on Tuesdays between 12 and 2pm. Take notes and email them to me because I will probably never go to Staten Island. And I'm ok with that.
Designer Everything - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - Based in Andrew Carnegie's ridiculously cool mansion on 91st and 5th Ave (part of Museum Mile), this museum is part of the Smithsonian collection. So you know it's got to be big and cool. Check out innovative designs of everything from furniture to art to swords.
Do you know of something else that should be on this list? Leave it in the comments and I'll check it out and add it.
And if you think those are all pretty lame, check out these other NYC free events available every day!