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This Week in NYC: Jan. 6-12

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After an extended holiday season and a snowy start to 2014, today might be the first day back at work for many of you. We expect you are sharing in our seasonal depression as we commit to hard work and diets we’ve procrastinated on since January 1. Hello, new New Year! We have a great week of activities to keep you positive, healthy and/or full as we all get back into the swing of our schedule.

Monday
Sweat out your weekend at Soul Cycle, a full-body indoor cycling workout that offers inspirational coaching and rockin’ music. Getting motivated can be toughest on Mondays, which is why this energizing, dare-we-say fun workout is your perfect choice to get back on track. Newbies pay $20 for your first class, $34 for returning members. Locations throughout New York City and Brooklyn.

Tuesday
Do you really know what to look for when you venture into your neighborhood bodega for a bottle of vino? How fancy will you feel if you can address your waiter with a request for a full-bodied red with oaky tones, and actually know what you’re talking about? We’re talking wine education, Bitches! Mario Batali’s famous pizzeria, Otto, hosts wine classes in its fabulous bar on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for $45 per person. This week’s class focuses on the basics of Italian wines and artisanal cheeses. More info here. 1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

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Wednesday
Congratulations, you made it halfway through the work week. Treat yourself to a glamorous blow out at Dream Dry, in either the Flatiron or Columbus Circle location.  $40 gets you a shampoo, scalp massage, blow dry, personal ipad during your service and a glass of champagne. You deserve to be pampered! Book now.

Thursday
We wholeheartedly agree with Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” Sample traditional French fare at the East Village’s Jules Unplugged event, a monthly event hosted at the East Village’s Jules Bistro. The evening will be both intimate and green as you’ll graze on organic food and wine by candlelight to the live all-acoustic tunes of Baby Soda. 65 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY.

Friday
If you still feel deep pangs of nostalgia from Lisa Frank folders, POGS slammers, and Tomagatchi pets, you’re definitely a child of the 90s. Don some neon garb and meet AC Slater on the dancefloor at the final Saved by the 90s Dance Party at the Canal Room. After ten years, the popular TriBeCa club will be closing its doors until it moves to a new location. 285 West Broadway, New York, NY.

Saturday
Rock your most avant-garde winter wear and escape the chill by visiting The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, at the Brooklyn Museum. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.

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Sunday
End the weekend with good bites and good friends at brunch, of course! We’ve recently been curbing our carb cravings with the Nutella croissant at Marseille and the James Beard pancakes at Bubby’s.

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