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This Week in NYC: Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Good morning New York City! If you were anything like me, you took advantage of the summer-esque weather this weekend with long walks in the city, drinks al fresco, and held off from unpacking your sweaters for one more week. It’s hard to believe that it is October in a few days. Regardless of confusing temperatures, Oktoberfest is full steam ahead in New York City with a bevy of lively events throughout the boroughs. Here’s where we will be raising our steins this week:

Paulaner Brunch

Emily and I are always on the hunt for new boutique fitness classes and are excited to get our sweat on at CITYROW tonight. CITYROW is not your average rowing class. Participants alternate between interval rowing and mat work for a well-rounded, cardio-packed workout.  Single classes are $32 with a new student special of three classes for $90. Review coming soon! 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1501, New York, NY.


We’re all about girl power and supporting our fellow female entrepreneurs. And if they happen to be hilarious? Even better. Check out Lena Dunham’s latest stop on her book tour at the Union Square Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. Dunham will read from and talk about her memoir with one of my favorite comedians, Amy Schumer. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. and the event space opens at 5 p.m. 33 East 17th St. (Union Square), New York, NY.

Oktoberfest is officially in full swing so bring on the beer steins, bratwurst, and cute lederhosen. Tonight from 6-9 p.m., Edible Brooklyn, a bi-monthly food magazine, will host a celebration at Brooklyn Brewery, one of our favorite spots to grab a local pint. A festive feast including German-style potato salad, pretzel bread, sauerkraut, and pork belly will be served family-style with freely flowing taps of Brooklyn Brewery’s brews to wash it all down. Apple cider donuts with dipping sauce from Whole Foods Market will also be served. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased here

Get in the early Halloween holiday spirit. The classic New York Botanical Gardens will host its annual Haunted Pumpkin Garden until October 31st. Frightening spirits hide amongst the gourds in this spooky patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden. The gorgeous, romantic setting in the Botanical Gardens is fun for all ages — grab a few glasses of wine nearby with a date and walk through the unique and eye-catching pumpkins and gourds. Tickets to the Gardens are $20 for adults on the weekdays and $25 on the weekends. More information here. Bronx River Parkway at Fulton Rd., New York, NY.


Get your weekend started early German-style, as popular Alphabet City Bavarian bierhaus Zum Schneider brings Munich to the East River in honor of Oktoberfest. Beginning at 4 p.m., German-speaking staff dressed in traditional lederhosen garb will serve liter steins of Oktoberfest brews and tasty snacks such as cotton candy, gingerbread, and Brezn pretzels. More information including tickets, here. The beer tents are open all weekend. Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd St. at FDR Ave. 

PUPPIES!!! Did that get your attention? Today at noon, check out Dachshund Oktoberfest at Washington Square Park. Dozens of dachshunds and their proud owners will congregate at the park to celebrate the German heritage of this special breed. Expect to see adorable costumes on the majority of weiner dogs.  More information hereWashington Square Park, New York, NY.

Paulaner Brunch

Keeping with our Oktoberfest theme, ditch the mimosas in favor of locally brewed German beer at Paulaner on Bowery. For brunch, we loved the beer flights, table bread, pickled veggies, and sweet buns. Read our 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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