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This Week in NYC: September 11–17

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It’s week two of September, and there’s a slight chill in the air. But that’s not going to stop us from stepping out and taking advantage of what NYC has to offer this week—think samples on samples. Test out a new yoga studio, sample craft cocktails and the East Village’s best bites, and more. Keep reading for this week’s can’t-miss events.

CorePower Yoga is celebrating the opening of its first Brooklyn studio by offering free classes today at its Practice + Party event. In addition to a free workout, you can also take advantage of complimentary refreshments, and the first 40 people will take home a special goody bag filled with treats. 159 N. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Update your wardrobe with designers items at a discount at Rent the Runway’s sample sale, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday. This season’s sale features new clothing categories, including jackets, tops, bottoms, and sweaters, rather than just the special occasion dresses Rent the Runway is known for. 260 5th Avenue, New York, NY  

Join chef and cooking instructor Jacques Pépin and Bizarre Foods‘ Andrew Zimmern at the 92nd Street YMCA for a discussion about Pépin’s latest book, A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey, which details Pépin’s experience cooking with his granddaughter, Shorey. 92Y, Buttenwieser Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Step up your Thirsty Thursday festivities at the Craft Spirits Celebration, where you can sample more than 100 spirits all at the same bar. The participating brands—about 30 of them—were hand-selected and range from major global brands to small craft producers. Finger foods will also be available to keep you fueled up for the night. Houston Hall, 222 W. Houston St., New York, NY

Kick off your Mexican Independence Day celebration at Hotel Americano’s themed cocktail reception. In collaboration with Hotel Americano executive chef Bryan Noury, Sabina Bandera will serve up dishes from her famed street cart “La Guerrerense,” which Anthony Bourdain claims is the best in the world. There will also be cocktails and live music. Hotel Americano, 518 West 27th St., New York, NY

Sample all the East Village’s best eats in one place at the second annual Taste of East Village. From Butter Lane Cupcakes and Narcbar to Porchetta and the East Village Meat Market, the options are endless. East 7th St. between 2nd Ave. and Cooper Square, New York, NY

Brunch in Astoria is the name of the game today. We’re loving Sweet Afton for its creative cocktails, range of tasty dining options, and beautiful outdoor space. 30-09 34th St., Queens, NY

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