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This Week in NYC: January 19-25

If you’re anything like us, you’re relishing in this long weekend with plenty of naps, Netflix marathons, and an extra day of brunching. We’re settling back into post-holiday life in the city with routines of winter events, boutique fitness, and exploring newly opened restaurants. Even though this work week is shorter than usual, we have a jam packed social calendar here in New York City. Here’s what we’re looking forward to this week.


Honor Martin Luther King’s legacy by educating yourself about New York City’s personal links to the civil rights movement in this special edition of Big Onion’s Historic Harlem Walking Tour. The tour includes the local headquarters of the NAACP and the Harlem Hospital Center, which treated Dr. King after he was stabbed with a letter opening in 1958. More on the walking tours here.

Start your week off on a healthy note with a metrics based, slightly competitive cycling class. We’ve recently been loving Peloton in Chelsea, which features luxe facilities, an organic coffeeshop, and a detailed leaderboard to track your stats. Best of all, your first class is free! 140 W. 23rd S, New York, NY 


Last summer, I threw on some neon shades and a flower crown at 6 a.m. to experience Morning Gloryville, a sober morning rave in Williamsburg. Club goers enjoy heavy beats, sunrise yoga, and complimentary massages while sipping cold-pressed green juice and local coffee. In case you missed it, Morning Gloryville is back for episode eight today at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. Purchase tickets here. 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Looking for some free entertainment or an out of the box date night? Look no further than a large class cube inside of Grand Central Terminal that hosts the world’s biggest squash spectator event, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. Sports fans know this event as the Wimbledon of squash and the cube hosts 460 temporary seats.  More information about the tournament here. Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY


As much as we love dining out, there’s something to be said for a comforting, homemade meal to round out a long week. Try Emily’s recipe for brown rice risotto with mushrooms. It hits the spot during a cold, wintery evening and packs bold flavor with a minimal amount of ingredients. Try the recipe here.

This is certainly a weekend of food fetes, which kicks off with the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ festival, now in its sixth year. This national event is sweeping the country and the Manhattan version features live bluegrass, brown-spirits seminars, and of course plenty of pork from local restaurants such as Tres Carnes, Mexicue, and Butcher Bar. More information about the festival here608 W. 28th St, New York, NY

grilled cheese

There’s nothing like a warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich to get you through the longest of winter days. Pair that with winter brews from Goose Island and you have yourself the ultimate Sunday Funday. Join Time Out and Openhouse Gallery for the winter version of The Big Cheesy, the acclaimed grilled cheese competitions. From noon until 7 p.m., sample sandwiches from six contenders and imbibe in two Goose Island beers with your $30 ticket. Don’t forget to vote – you’ll also be able to weigh in on the Big Cheesy People’s Choice Award. Buy tickets here. 201 Mulberry St., New York, NY, 10012




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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