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Cheapskate: This week's best FREE events in NYC

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Cat Cora cooking demo, book signing
Put your cooking skills on the chopping block and watch Iron Chef Cat Cora demonstrate recipes from her newest cookbook, “Classics With a Twist,” at the Cellar Kitchen at Macy’s Herald Square. Buy the book and get a chance to chat it up with the chef. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., FREE, Cellar Kitchen Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., 212-695-4400)

Pingpong
Test out your hand-eye coordination daily at Bryant Park’s pingpong tables, then check out people’s table tennis skills at Wednesday’s tournament. (Daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; tournament, Wednesday, 6–9 p.m. FREE, Bryant Park, Sixth Ave., btwn W. 40th and W. 42nd sts., bryantpark.org, 212-768-4242)

Fitness and pilates classes
Start your Tuesday with a tone up on the High Line. Only two Tuesdays left for free 45-minute fitness and pilates fusion classes. Just show up ready to work out. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Fitness & Movement class; 10 a.m., Pilates Fusion class. FREE, Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line, btwn W. 15th and W. 16th sts., thehighline.org)

M.I.A.
Don’t miss M.I.A., below, in action as the Brit rapper takes over the Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday. Admission is first come, first serve, so get there with time to spare, but you can’t start lining up before 7 p.m. (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m., FREE, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., btwn N. 11th and N. 12th sts., brooklyn bowl.com, 718-963- 3369)

Flamenco lesson
Stomp away your Monday blues with a free flamenco lesson (first Monday of every month for first-time students) at Flamenco Latino. Wear comfy clothes and hard-soled shoes, ladies are encouraged to sport pumps. Call to reserve your spot. (Monday, 4:30–8:30 p.m., FREE, Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W. 54th St., 4th fl., btwn Broadway and Eighth Ave., flamencolatino.com, 212-399-8519)

Dance class day
Spend your Saturday in your dancing shoes at Dance New Amsterdam’s free class day. Stick around for a champagne reception and performance by DNA faculty. Class schedules are available online and take place from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Champagne reception at 7 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. (Saturday, FREE, Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd fl., btwn Chambers and Reade sts., dnadance.org, 212-625-8369)

Guided tour of Fort Tryon Park
Take advantage of a gorgeous fall day and enjoy the beauty of Fort Tryon Park on a guided tour. (Sundays through Oct. 31, 1–2:30 p.m., FREE, Fort Tryon Park at the Heather Garden at Cabrini Blvd. and Ft. Washington Ave., nycgovparks.org)

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