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This Week in NYC: October 23–29

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Can you believe it’s almost the end of October? Halloween is just around the corner, and National Pizza Month is coming to an end (not without more pizza events though). From pizza to cookies to, of course, brunch, here’s what we’ll be doing this week. See you out there!

Monday
You probably listen to most of your favorite podcasts alone, but tonight you can join other podcast lovers for Podcast Club, IRL: “The Nod” on I Want the Purple Stuff, a live meetup of The New York Times Podcast Club. Enjoy a buzzed-about podcast episode over drinks, and then listen as its creators discuss the ins and outs of how it was made with The New York Times editorial director of audio Samantha Henig. The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR, 44 Charlton Street 

Tuesday
It’s finally starting to feel like fall, which means it’s time to indulge in all sorts of pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks. This year, go beyond the basic pumpkin spice latte at your local coffee shop and whip up your own pumpkin-flavored cookies! We love this pumpkin pie cookie butter cookie recipe because it’s easy to make, and most importantly, delicious.

Wednesday
Join Fiona Rodgers, founder of Firecracker Project and co-author of Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now, at the International Center of Photography Museum for a panel discussion about the most inquisitive, intelligent, and daring photography being created by female photographers today. Invite your best female friends and prepare for an inspiring, uplifting evening. International Center of Photography Museum, 250 Bowery

Thursday
Join pizza historian Scott Wiener, founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours, for Pizza, Deconstructed—a mouthwatering discussion about the popularization of pizza in America. Historical documents and photos will reveal untold stories of pizza’s past, plus samples from local pizzerias will be served. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

Friday
Join Chopsticks NY for its first sake and food event, “Eat Up! Drink Up! Japan.” Chopsticks NY will divide Japan into six regional blocks and feature food and sake from each region. Some menu items include pan-fried gyoza dumplings, savory pancakes, and roasted wagyu beef. VIP attendees get the additional treat of a matcha bar. NYC Event Spaces, 4 W.43rd St.

Saturday
Start your Halloween festivities early at Loreley Beer Garden’s spooktacular Haunted Beer Garden Halloween Party. Sip on pumpkin beer served out of pumpkin kegs and creepy cocktails like the Bloody IV Bag and Witches Punch. Don’t forget to come dressed to impress as there will also be a costume contest with a grand prize of $250 to spend at the bar. Other drink specials include $2 off wine and draft beer, $5 cans of beer, $12 cocktails, and $25 pitchers. 7 Rivington Street

Sunday
As usual, you know where we’ll be—at brunch! If you’re in Greenwich Village, definitely check out brunch at The Spaniard; we’re loving its great vibes and great food. However, you might want to skip Pig Bleeker because the restaurant dropped its brunch menu in favor of all-day dishes, and we weren’t impressed with this update.

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