It had to happen. There had to be a way to take home a little piece of artisanal New York in a handy package. Voila, the GoodHoodGoods line of neighborhood gift buckets (brought to market with a little help from yours truly). Each GHG bucket represents a different neighborhood and includes gems from local makers like Baggu, Chocolat Moderne, and the Good Home Company.

Buckets are on sale at the Milford Hotel in Midtown and can be ordered online right here.

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08:41AM on 08/23/2013

Slips and camisoles, shape-wear and swimsuits, push-ups and bralets. Cosabella’s collections are as colorful as their celebrity endorsements (spotted: Megan Fox in the Molded Bra), so you can match your underwear to your mood (which hopefully isn’t always black). This is lingerie that you can whip out anytime, not just on Valentine's Day.

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03:49PM on 01/31/2013

This isn't your traditional spa experience, it's your first step towards healing. Skeptical? Your first Aroma Shiatsu Massage will make you a believer in no time.

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11:00AM on 01/28/2013

No, it's not a gimmicky carnival snack, it's hot chocolate that you get to DIY. You get a cup of steamed milk and a stick with milk, white, or dark chocolate on the end, and you stir up your own cup of hot cocoa.

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04:13PM on 01/25/2013

T’ai Chi is an age-old martial art practice that uses slow and precise movements, and the benefits are pretty enticing. T'ai Chi is not only a supposed weapon against the common cold, but also an exercise in self-defense. CK Chu Tai Chi is donation-based, so you can try it out first to see if T'ai Chi is right for your body-mind-spirit.

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11:00AM on 01/24/2013

The New York Road Runners Club offers marathon training and coaching, injury prevention training, and yoga for runners, and of course, an inspirational group of fellow runners. Not to worry--if you're not trying to run a marathon anytime soon, NYRR has a place for joggers, too.

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11:00AM on 01/18/2013

Old iron bed, a few Moroccan pillows and blankets. Looks effortless and says "Nap On Me."

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03:46PM on 01/15/2013

Contrary to popular belief, rock climbing doesn't require superhuman upper body strength. In fact, it's more about figuring out how to haul yourself up and across the wall. At Brooklyn Boulders in Park Slope, you can challenge yourself to rock climbing even in the city. Sign up now and pay only $20.12 for your first month with a $0 registration fee!

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03:00PM on 01/14/2013
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The most succulent, flavorful, perfect skin chicken is available EVERY DAY from this butcher in Chelsea Market. The secret? Dickson's brines its birds overnight in a mixture of tamari and spices then air dry it so the skin retains its flavor and crispy texture. Half or whole birds upon request.

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11:31AM on 01/29/2013

The Urbana Poetry team has no off-limits topics. This is where you'll hear a poem about being too fat to get a date, and then a poem detailing the first-hand experience of racism in South Africa. Eye-opening? You tell me. At Urbana, the audience members wield the score cards and the power to determine who wins, and sometimes who will go on to compete in nation-wide competitions.

Every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.

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11:00AM on 01/26/2013

Where else but at No. 7 Subs can you get a Zucchini Parm sandwich with Barbecue Potato Chips? Ahem, let me rephrase that: a Zucchini Parm with potato chips ON the sandwich, not WITH the sandwich. Let this be a valuable lesson in prepositions. And deliciousness.

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11:10AM on 01/25/2013

This weekend, Visual AIDS is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the Postcards from the Edge benefit sale. Over 1300 postcard-sized works of art by renowned and up-and-coming artists will be on display for you to buy for just $85. The catch: you don't get to find out the artist's name until after you pay up.

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10:55AM on 01/24/2013

Pumpkin Carrot Ginger Soup + Homestyle Chicken Curry + Rice and Naan = Salivating. The only solution? Lunch at Tulsi in Midtown East.

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11:00AM on 01/17/2013

Leave it to Brooklyn to take a YouTube sensation and turn it into a fitness craze. If you haven't seen the daring stunts known as Parkour, or free running, you should check them out, and then go to Bklyn Beast to learn how to do them yourself. Bklyn Beast offers fitness classes incorporating Parkour, Capoeira, and Dance at their new facility, which includes a trampoline, foam pit, and juice bar. So even if you're not out to impress your friends by jumping off buildings, you can still have what is probably one of the most fun workouts ever. Prices vary by class, drop-in Parkour class is $18.

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11:00AM on 01/15/2013

You could be eating this $25, 3-course meal during your lunch break:

  • Salpicon, shrimp ceviche, peppers, avocado, cilantro, Valencia orange
  • Braised beef short ribs, roasted pears, Rioja wine, pimenton potato chips
  • Crema catalana, caramel, fresh cream, mint
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10:00AM on 01/14/2013

Hot chocolate can too often be overwhelmingly rich. For those who aren't chocolate-obsessed, the white-chocolate based Bianca hot cocoa ($5) at Vosges Haute Chocolat will toy with your taste buds without torturing them. Scented with lavender flowers and a hint of Meyer lemon for a citrus after-taste, the subtleties of this vanilla-flavored white chocolate drink are enticing and just perfectly sweet.

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11:00AM on 01/29/2013
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s time to start looking for that perfect, heartfelt gift. At Make Meaning, you can have fun creating your own personalized present including soaps, ceramics, candles, jewelry, paper crafts and glassware. Sign up for a membership ($36 for individual), and register for classes to learn new skills and make lasting memories.

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11:00AM on 01/26/2013

Over 70% off this weekend! Go early, avoid the crush. 

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11:10AM on 01/24/2013

Typically a term for art by self-trained artists, outsider art has gained in credibility (and, in some cases, price) over the last decade..

The Fair, which was recently acquired by a company founded by dealer Andrew Edlin, moves from its former home in the Puck Building in Soho to Chelsea, in the old Dia space. The Fair begins Thursday, January 31, and tickets to the opening are $50. Daily admission is $20, and tickets are available here.

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12:23PM on 01/21/2013

This Midtown Mediterranean restaurant has opened a new location in Soho. With Mango Margaritas on the rocks ($6) and tapas and mezes like Smoked Eggplant with Garlic Yoghurt ($9) and Portuguese Fried Calamari with Soujouk & Peppers ($15), we're glad they made the trek downtown.

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11:00AM on 01/16/2013

Parlor Steak House is serving up a three-course dinner menu ($35/person) featuring the best they have to offer, like a raw bar appetizer, including East Coast and West Coast oysters and a shrimp cocktail. The entrée options include Slow Roasted Organic Salmon, Herb Roasted Chicken, and of course, steak—Marinated Hanger Steak, 7oz Filet Mignon, or 12oz Prime New York Strip Loin, to be exact. For dessert, New York Cheesecake with graham cracker crust and blueberry compote or Bitter Chocolate Pudding with chocolate cookie sandwich and whipped cream. My suggestion: get one of each and share.

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04:00PM on 01/14/2013

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