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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde 
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It’s OK. You don’t have to do Dry January. You don’t have to embark on a new fitness regime, or do the Whole 30, or strive for the next big goal. You don’t need to set resolutions or grand intentions, or beat yourself up for perceived shortcomings. You don’t have to live by anyone else’s standards of achievement or ideas of perfection.

It’s not very New York, but consider this: you are exactly where you need to be and who you need to be at this precise moment. The world doesn’t need a new you. You are glorious just as you are. You are seen. And you are loved. Happy new year, my friends. May you be fully, authentically you in 2020. Your best self. On your own terms.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE
Empanada Mama v Marseille. Pocket Bar v Rudy's. Khave v Starbucks?! Are you guys serious? Domus v November 19. Mark Fisher Fitness v MPHC. You’ve already voted for hundreds of the most popular spots in Hell’s Kitchen, but there’s still time to get your favorite in the top ten neighborhood bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and gyms. Fill out our survey (and you could win a whole bunch of amazing prizes).
RUN AWAY TO THE CIRCUS
I have pairs of tickets to see the Big Apple Circus before it packs up the big top for the season. From the Wheel of Death to the amazing Savitsky cat acrobats – this really is a circus like no other. Email tickets@w42st.com before midday on Monday and I’ll choose the winners at random, while balancing on one leg and juggling custard pies. 
BEST LIFE CALENDAR

TONIGHT
Dance the January blues away
The lessons start at 8.30pm, followed by a dance party that goes on til the wee small hours. Get down and boogie here.

TOMORROW
Vote for Javanka
America’s first daughter and son-in-law hit the (satirical) campaign trail, with a little help from music by Adele, Sondheim, and musical theater favorites. Find out more.

SUNDAY
Brunchy brunchy vision

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s first brunch of the decade starts the way it means to go on – with five new short plays, endless pancakes, bacon, and (Young)bloody Marys. Find out more.

Good enough to eat
Neighborhood artist and designer Margaret Braun leads a workshop making edible sugar cups and bowls. It’s free with MAD museum entry, and is open to anyone aged five and up. How sweet!

Second chance prom
Marty Thomas celebrates the release of his sophomore album Slow Dancing With a Boy with a full party band, old-school DJ, and dance photographer. Make new memories here.

MONDAY
Story Jam
It's basically the January issue of W42ST – but it's live! Hear stories featured in the magazine, along with some brand new ones – at our first ever story jam. It's going to be so much fun. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY
Boys and Sex

Peggy Orenstein discusses her new book, which dissects so-called locker room talk; pornography as the new sex education; and boys’ experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. Can boys truly move forward as better men? Find out here.

THURSDAY
We See You

The opening reception for an exhibition of photographs and images that reflect the colorful Hell's Kitchen community. If you like them, all the pieces are for sale, at a budget-friendly 30 bucks a pop. Find out more.

Take it Personal
Hip hop meets comedy in this improvisational evening led by Cipha Sounds and his team, A Tribe Called YES. Past guests have included Swizz Beats, Wu-Tang clan, Quest Love, and even Childish Gambino. So, you know … you never know! Find out more.

Don’t be lonely
Joe Castle Baker may now be widely recognized as the most popular person on Earth (he claims), but he too has struggled with feelings of loneliness. In Me Alone with no Friends, he takes the audience on a manic ride that relives his transition from isolated proto-gay childhood into the well-adjusted adult life of up-and-coming alt comedian. Find out more.

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