By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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The weather is cooling off but the events are still heating up in the city that never sleeps. If you love the ’90s, we’ve got a lot for you this week. Add to that a book festival, a beer festival, an Italian festival and more and you’ll be hard pressed to come up with a reason to not visit New York City.

B(RUN)ch Run 2015: If you love brunch, running, supporting health and wellness in schools, or all of the above then sign up for the Brunch Run this Saturday, Sept. 19. Entries are tiered and include various perks.

The Dopest #TBT Ever: This throwback to the ’90s party is going down at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Hudson Terrace. Enjoy one hour of open bar from 7 – 8 p.m. while listening to DJs Franco Finelli, Rodney Hazard and Nick Zallo and enjoying the scenic views of the Hudson River. RSVP here

Harvest in the Square: Celebrating its 20th anniversary of local food and drink, this food and wine tasting event will feature some of the most prestigious New York City chefs creating dishes and pairing with local wines and microbrews. All proceeds go to Union Square Park. The fun runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17. For tickets or more information visit

Brooklyn Book Festival: On Saturday, Sept. 20, this annual festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. Bringing together book lovers of all ages, this event celebrates literacy like nothing else. For a full list of festival events visit

Brooklyn Local Craft Festival: Going on its second year, this craft beer festival celebrates the local breweries of New York City. There will be food vendors and musical performances as well. From noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, partake in some great beer and good food. Get your tickets here

Feast of San Gennaro: Little Italy’s 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro kicked off Sept. 10 but there’s still time to enjoy Italian favorites through Sept. 20, so you’ve still got time to get in on the fun. Running daily from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday thru Sunday. For more info check out

Smorgasburg + SummerStage: Back by popular demand and ready to close out the summer, Smorgasburg joins SummerStage one last time from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. For more more information visit

Rockaway Oyster Festival 2015: This beachfront oyster celebration features live Irish bands, an excellent selection of beers and of course, delicious oysters. Tickets include unlimited beer and oysters beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 19. For prices and more information, visit

Freedom Party: Sept. 18 marks the biggest night party that boasts the longest running rap party in New York City. Since 2003, at Santos Party House DJs spin the classics of hip-hop, rap, reggae and R&B. For more info visit

Crazy Since Da ’90s: The ’90s were awesome and it seems everyone is catching on and wants to reminisce. This party at Union Hall in Brooklyn is happening Saturday, Sept.19. Get there before 11 p.m. and it’s free if you’ve RSVP’d. If you get there late, be prepared to shell out $5. There will be $7 gin & juice drink special all night.

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at

By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

For Weekender

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at