You may or may not be on board withthe idea of starting the new year with a set of fresh and fabulous resolutions. But everyone has goals, and if yours are among those mentioned herefrom getting more sleep to seeing more artread on for helpful hacks, simple solutions, and total game-changers.
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Goal: Consume more fresh produce
If you want to clean up your eating habits, first you have toget the goodswithout having to make a special trip and wait on a special grocery line. New York City is filled with Greenmarkets that sell the best from local farms. You can find one near you with this Greenmarket finder map. Joining your local CSA is another way to have a bounty of fresh food around when you need it. Here are some more ways to make thosesix servings a day easier to achieve.
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|This apartment-sized growing kit comes with soil and seeds. Put it in a sunny windowsill or hang it on the wall and enjoy a delicious crop of microgreens.
|If youre a little more serious about your quest for home-grown greenery (and youve got the outdoor space for it), a greenhouse is a worthy splurge.
Goal: Get in better shape
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Though you might not think of the city as a fitness paradise, remember you can walk, jog, run, sprint, bike, and skip through the fabulous miles of trails in Central and Prospect Parks without spending a dime. And if the stair masters your thing, give Fort Greene Parks 100 stepsa go. Locally-based Brooklyn Boulders might not be free, but its an efficient way to climb the walls and actually get something out of it. And a basic ClassPassmembership will let you visit different city neighborhoodswhile you trynew fitness classes. Below area fewobjects of inspiration.
Goal: Experience more of the citys cultural bounty
In case youve forgotten: Most of the citys museums have at least one day permonth (or week) designated aspay what you wish or free. Smithsonian magazines annual Museum Day also gets you free entry during one day each year. And there are a number of great NYC museums that are free every single day.
CulturePass is the library card that keeps on giving: Cardholding patrons (13 and older) of the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Librarycan use their library card, and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions, including museums, historical societies, heritage centers, public gardens and more.
If you get a New York City ID (IDNYC), which is a pretty good idea to begin with, youll also get a one-year membership at many of the citys leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.The free identification card for all New York City residents allows cardholdersto access services and programs offered by the city as well as by businesses.
Founded in 1900,Peoples Symphony Concerts is anorganization that puts togetherconcerts by some of theworlds best classical musicians in the acoustically amazing surroundings of Town Hall and Washington Irving High School for avery reasonable ticketor season program price. Aset of six-concert series tickets on Saturday evenings is aslittle as $48, or approximately $8 per ticket and a Sunday afternoon series for as little as $50 or $8.33 per concert. Kidsget free admission, and there are discounts for students.
Goal: Cook at home more
Local grocery delivery pioneers Fresh Direct orthe increasingly ubiquitousAmazon Freshnowcandeposittheingredients you needfrom local specialty shops andchain groceries likeWhole Foodsat your door within hours.
Goal: Elevate your travel game and pack like a pro
Youre a seasoned traveler and already have TSA Pre-check, but youre still a wreck when it comes to packing. Learn from those super-organized packers and start with the right gear.
Goal:Konmari your closet
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Get-organizedguru Marie Kondo and the Japanese art ofdecluttering are the antidoteto your inner hoarderand more people are jumping on theclutter-busting bandwagon daily. The right tools help make the job easy, from organization systems available at every price from Ikea to California Closets to bespoke built-ins and the smalldetails that keep it all together.
|First, get inspired.
|These cool Colour Cratesfrom modernhome goods company Hay come inseveral styles and sizes and can be stacked to keep necessaries out of the way while adding a pop of color to your closet.
|These wool storage baskets are a pretty storage solution for blankets, sweaters, lingerie or anything you need to corral.
|In the style of the famous Eames Hang it all coat rack, this gumball organizer brings mid-mod flair as well as order to your closet chaos.
Goal: Get more sleep
From glowing screens to deadline stress and time zone changes, sleep is often the first thing to go out the window. Invite some calming influences in to reverse the trend. Shoppers tip: Make time for a visit to luxury linen purveyor Society Limonta; the Italian company just opened a new U.S. flagship location in Soho.
|Linenbeddingis cool in summer, cozy in winter and surprisingly easy to care for.
|White-noise machines mask disruptive sounds and help people of all ages drift gently off to sleep.
|Lavender is the scent most associated with relaxation.