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This Week in NYC: August 11-17

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After a ten day holiday in Spain coupled with a back-to-back work trip to Atlanta, it’s safe to say that I’ve never been happier to be back in New York. Besides a few rough hours of sensory overload and the jet lag I can’t seem to shake off, the city has never felt so welcoming.

When I’m not embracing my inner old soul and going to bed at 9 p.m. to shed off last week’s time zone, I’ll be relying on the below social calendar to fill up my first week back in New York.

Monday

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Miss Lily’s 7a, an awesome restaurant serving Caribbean fare and an atmosphere that will transport you to that tropical destination you’ve been dreaming about, recently began offering a jerk ramen special. I had the pleasure of trying this firsthand and was blown away, and I suggest you do the same. This special will be offered beginning Monday of each week, and will be available on the menu until it runs out, so if you can’t make it Monday, don’t fear! 109 Avenue A at 7th Street.

Tuesday

Shop for a cause at Madison Avenue Top of the Block: Operation Smile Shopping Day today from 2-7 p.m. and enjoy refreshments, raffles, and fun at stores like James Perse Los Angeles, Maje, and Premier Cru Wine Merchants. 15% of all proceeds will go to Operation Smile, which offers free surgeries to children with cleft lip and other facial deformities. Full list of participating stores here. Madison Ave. (between 79th and 86th street)

Wednesday

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The duo behind Mast Brother Chocolate recently announced the opening of The Chocolate House Brew Bar in Brooklyn, dedicated to the craft of chocolate beverages. Sounds like a perfect way to get over the hump. 105A N. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY

Thursday

Vans House Party, a summer concert series offering free shows in Brooklyn, will be showcasing Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxmann, and Dave P. tonight. RSVP here and check out an array of music in a renovated warehouse space. Did we mention this was free? House of Vans, 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Friday

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Today is going to be special. And not just because it’s my birthday and I’m bursting with celebratory vibes that should reach all of you through your computers. In honor of, well, me, I recommend taking a personal day, reserving a day bed at McCarren Hotel’s saltwalter pool, and soaking up the rays over unbeatable views of Manhattan. 160 North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday

Today marks the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, celebrating the Jazz Age era with an impressive array of performances. This festival spans over the course of 2 days, full of food, drink and activities. Governors Island, New York, NY

Sunday

Paulaner Brunch

Our favorite time of the week! Ally recently brunched at Paulaner with her beer-loving BF, and enjoyed the German specialties at this brewery. Read the review here. 365 Bowery

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