TripPicks This Week: Monday, Apr. 17 – Monday, Apr. 24

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Trip.com is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.” Trip.com’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Trip.com. Visit the Trip.com site or download the app for more upcoming events.

1. Tribeca Film Festival
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Wednesday, Apr. 19 – Sunday, Apr. 30 check site for times

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is all about quality not quantity. On our must-see picks are: Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Saturday Church, The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson, Shadowman, Frank Serpico, and The Circle. There is also lots of excitement for the epic “Godfather” cast reunion! New this year is Tribeca’s Free Film Friday, which allows films buffs to screen a host of films for FREE! Tickets start at $12.

2. NY Travel Festival
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Thursday, Apr. 20 – Sunday, Apr. 23 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Whether you travel for work, pleasure, or passion, the Travel Fest will help you do it better. Participate in workshops, networking events with industry professionals, panel discussions and presentations about what’s hot in travel now. Tickets start at $20, with some FREE events.

3. Save The Earth NY
Union Square (Union Square)
Tuesday, Apr. 18 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Want to learn about ways to make your life and your city greener? Swing by Union Square this Sunday for an Earth Day Initiative where dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, and green campaigns will be promoting a greener and healthier New York lifestyle. FREE!

4. 9/11 Memorial Run
Pier 26 (Tribeca)
Sunday, Apr. 23 at 8:00 AM

The annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk raises funds for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and commemorates the unbreakable spirit of New Yorkers during times of trial. The run is followed by a Community Day event on Greenwich St. with food trucks, activities and music. Registration fees start at $20.

5. The High Line Kick Off Party
The High Line (Chelsea)
Saturday, Apr. 22 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The High Line is ready for another awesome spring and summer season! Get a taste of it at the kick off party which features music by Brooklyn Raga Massive and Chargaux, a comedy set from Maysoon Zayid, a live taping of the podcast “For Colored Nerds,” a reading from Queer Memoir — “New York’s longest-running LGBT-themed storytelling series” — and a first look at the new group exhibition “Mutations” and Henry Taylor’s murals. FREE with RSVP!

6. New Political Resistance Bar
Coup (East Village)
Daily from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

With 100 percent of profits going to organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, you’ll want have more than one drink at Ravi De Rossi’s new political resistance bar, Coup. We look forward to this new political community! Expect to see lots of famous guest bartenders whipping up signature drinks for their favorite organizations.

7. Car FREE New York
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Saturday, Apr. 22 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The second annual Car Free NYC event is bigger and better. Major areas of the city including Broadway, from Times Square to Union Square, and St. Nicholas Avenue, from 181st Street to 190th Street, will be closed to traffic. Likewise, parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx will close to cars and open to people and fun activities like fitness classes, dance performances, workshops arts and crafts and much much more. FREE!

8. Daybreaker Space Zoo Party
The Gilded Lily (Meatpacking District)
Wednesday, Apr. 19 from 7-9am

Venture on an early intergalactic safari with Daybreaker! Don your best alien/animal hybrid costume (spacial Monkey, asteroidal zebra, planetary sloth) and start the day with the DJ Sammy Bananas who’ll be spinning them Big Bang beats. As always, there will be special surprises and performances, free coffee, juices and breakfast treats. Tickets start at $25.