How To Keep Up Your New Year’s Resolution in NYC

Last year our community manager, Shannon, offered up her 10 New Year’s resolutions in New York City.  As a native of Florida, there was so much in NYC that she still hadn’t explored and needed to experience.  This year, we are going to help you keep your resolutions when you come and visit the city that never sleeps.

Lose Weight

So you’ve gone to the gym for an entire week but on January 8th you are taking your family on a New York City vacation.  Don’t worry, there’s a simple solution: The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Central Park Reservoir

As someone who has lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, I have not found a better place to run than the beautiful reservoir in Central Park.  Surrounding the reservoir is an all-dirt track 1.58 miles in length, which is perfect for walking or running at any pace.  The crowds never seem to get overwhelming and the track is wide enough that you never need to break stride to pass a group moving slower than you.  Plus, the scenery and surrounding Manhattan skyline is so beautiful that once you finish your workout, you’ll end up doing just one more lap because you won’t want to leave.

Spend More Time with the Family

You have a job that keeps you in the office all night and traveling during the weekends?  If you want to spend more time with your family, New York is the place to do it.  There are just about a billion restaurants in New York City that are perfect for the whole family and probably even more shows.  Go for a night on the town with dinner and a show.  Take a double-decker bus tour and see all of the sights together.  Take a stroll through the Museum of Natural History where anyone from 8-80 year old will find something they love.  There are so many things to do in New York with the family that you won’t be disappointed.

Quit Smoking

This is a popular resolution, and really, you should come to NYC just kick this one off because you pretty much can’t smoke here.  There is no smoking in any restaurants or bars in New York.  There is no smoking at sporting stadiums, beaches, boardwalks, golf courses, playgrounds, or pedestrian plazas like Times Square and Herald Square.  All New York City Parks are almost entirely smoke free.  If you are a law-abiding citizen trying to quit smoking, a trip to New York City isn’t a bad idea.

Learn Something New

No one wants to go another year with the same, useless knowledge dwindling around in their heads.  It’s time to re-educate ourselves.  And where is the perfect place to learn some new things, you ask?  (Hint: there’s a theme here)

New York Public Library

In New York City!  Stop in one of the world’s most incredible libraries, the New York Public Library on 5th and 40th.  Go to one of NYC’s famous museums like the Guggenheim or the MoMA, or maybe go to a less famous museum like the National Museum of the American Indian near Battery Park.  You won’t regret it.

So, what is your New Year’s Resolution?  How do you plan on keeping it up while you’re visiting New York City this year?  Tell us in the comments or share with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit 1: Flickr / Ana Paula Hirama

Photo Credit 2: ShutterStock

*There are not actually a billion restaurants in NYC, but there sure are a lot.

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