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This Week in NYC: Aug. 17-23

The summer weekends are winding down so we’ve got to make the most of every last sunset and rooftop happy hour. Emily and I both spent some much-needed time in the city this weekend; she celebrated her birthday with friends and family and I continued to check boxes off my New York bucket list. Speaking of bucket lists, here’s what we have on tap for the week ahead.

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The International Fringe Festival is celebrating 19 years of music, performance, comedy, vaudeville, multimedia, and more. Find what Fringe speaks to you and enjoy two weeks of off-kilter entertainment at a variety of locations throughout the city. Click here for tickets. Various locations.

Enjoy an astronaut-worthy view of the stars from the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association.The AAA will lead star-spotting expeditions, helping you find celestial bodies above the park. Follow the High Line’s Twitter feed (@highlinenyc) for updates in the event of inclement weather. To get there enter at 14th St and 10th Ave. The fun starts at sunset and is free. 14th St and 10th Ave, New York, NY

Happy hump day, Bitches! You’ve made it half way to the weekend. Time for some wine. May we suggest a nice glass of Rose on tap at Swine in the West Village? Happy hour starts at noon and runs until 7:30. Cheers! 531 Hudson St, New York, NY 

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If you are looking for a good workout, we’ve got your one-stop-shop. FitBallet mixes the intensity of interval workouts with the muscle elongating moves of ballet followed by a 15 minute stretch session to ensure better results. Classes now available at The Movement in Chelsea. Use the code INSIDER to get a 10-class pack for $120 (normally $300). Click here to reserve your spot. 32 W 18th St, New York, NY 

Art, music, and overall good vibes come to Brooklyn at the end of August for AFROPUNK 2015. This alternative music festival is a celebration of urban culture bringing artists like Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and Grace Jones to the stage. Check out their After Dark party and Fancy Dress Ball, too. Here’s more informationCommodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Find your way to Pier 26 to enjoy some blues and NYC BBQ. The lineup includes the Otis Taylor Band, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, and Jarekus Singleton and of course pulled pork, ribs, and burnt ends. Click here to find out more.

Pizzetteria Brunetti

Our ultimate Sunday funday: bellinis and pizza. Try some of the woodfired pizzas and meatball sliders (Grandma’s recipe!) for brunch today at Pizzetteria Brunetti. View our full review here.



Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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