City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. City of Asylum offers a broad range of cultural programming. Since 2004, this non-profit organization has presented over 300 writers and musicians from 60 countries in free readings and concerts. Join City of Asylum at the Alphabet City Tent all summer long for their outdoor event series, Summer on Sampsonia. Enjoy their concerts, films, readings, family events and more. All of City of Asylum events are free. Find the full event calendar online.