New Year's resolutions to help you improve your life in 2014

Your best year ever starts here. We’re arming you with expert tips, classes, cultural pursuits and more to help you fulfill your New Year's resolutions in 2014.

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Every year starts with the best intentions for self-improvement, whether you’re looking to get fit, meet people, or declutter your apartment. To help you expand your horizons and keep your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve racked our brains and come up with great ways to improve your mind, body and soul in NYC.

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New Year's resolutions for 2014

Declutter your apartment

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Improve your fitness

Stay in shape and look great with our NYC fitness guide, featuring the hottest trends, cool classes, fun sports, workout routines, and gyms and health clubs. Awesome gym deals Body Reserve Free trial membership: Three daysPerks for new members: Waived initiation fee Crunch Free trial membership: One dayPerks for new members: Fifty-percent off membership (visit website for details) YMCA Free trial membership: One dayPerks for new members: Six guest passes, 12-week intro program Bally Total Fitness Free trial membership: Seven daysPerks for new members: One or two personal training sessions, lower monthly rates if you join by Tue 31 (varies by location) Blink Fitness Free trial membership: One dayPerks for new members: $1 initiation fee, personal training session (at some locations) Boom Fitness Free trail membership: Three daysPerks for new members: Personal training session David Barton Gym Free trial membership: One day (through Tue 31)Perks for new members: Waived initiation fee in January (normally $400), personal training session Edge Free trial membership: One dayPerks for new members: Waived initiation fee Gold's Gym Free trial membership: Three to seven days (varies by location)Perks for new members: One class of your choice Harbor Fitness Free trial membership: One dayPerks for new members: Free gym bag, health-coach consultation, three personal training sessions and unlimited guest passes (varies by location) Mid-city Gym Free trial membership: One dayPerks for

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Get a new job

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New Year's resolutions for 2013

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Ten films to watch

Whether you’re a pop-culture junkie or a erudite cinephile, continue your quest for self-improvement by seeing these ten films. You might also like The best and worst James Bond movies: a ranked list In celebration of the new Skyfall, we return to all 22 official James Bond films in search of the perfect spy cocktail, rating the best and worst Bond girls, 007 theme songs and leading actors with the licence to kill.   SLIDE SHOW: View our Bond list as one slide show >> It’s been 50 years of James Bond: five decades of gadgets, glamour and the coolness of a concept that shows no signs of dying. But does one installment tower over them all? Time Out’s film critics have revisited childhood memories and six swarthy, eyebrow-arching actors—from Sean Connery’s iconic pioneer to Daniel Craig’s tough remodel—to consider all 22 of the official Eon entries (we’re omitting 1967’s intentionally silly Casino Royale and 1983’s independently made Never Say Never Again, a semiremake of Thunderball). How do all the Bond girls stack up? How about those syrupy theme songs? (Delve into our Spotify playlist for an aural taste.) We give these components a shaken-not-stirred “Martini rating,” as well as an overall ranking for the movie itself. Join us as we count backward toward number one with a bullet. And if your favorite spy hasn’t gotten enough love, tell us in the comments. Die Another Day (2002) Pierce Brosnan bids farewell to Bond with a stinker that can fairly be called the fran

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Ten books to read

Kindle devotees and paperback junkies may disagree on how to read these tomes, but they’ll agree that these ten books can help in your search for self-improvement. Regardless of your preferred medium, these are the ten books to read if you want to start 2013 with a little literary self-improvement. Hole up at home (especially if you’re still shame-reading Fifty Shades of Grey), or settle into one of New York’s best literary bars to work your way through the list. When you’re done, hit up one New York’s best book events to share your insights with other bibliophiles. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro Twentieth-century developer Moses is the man responsible for much of the NYC infrastructure we all know today. This urban-planning potentate rigged the city for his own pleasure, ignoring elected government bodies at his leisure. (He was particularly fond of building expressways through neighborhoods and encouraging urban sprawl via the promotion of highways.) This mammoth Pulitzer winner by Robert Caro—who recently published Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power—is altogether worthy but daunting; your guests may not even be strong enough to pick it up off the shelf. They’ll have to assume, however, that you understand the city—and Moses’s contentious relationship with its people, physical form and elected leaders—better than they do. A Meaningful Life by L.J. Davis Many would, rightly, cite A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as the quintessential no

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Ten museums to visit

These are the museums to visit if you need some cultural self-improvement in 2013. Set aside an afternoon, grab a friend and get ready to see art in a new way. The sheer array of museums is one of the best things about NYC. You may think you’re already well-informed if you know the secrets of the big three, have been to the best museum parties or have explored beyond Museum Mile, but there’s always more to see. Here’s what you need to experience to attain cultural self-improvement in the New Year. You might also like Most underrated museums Museum of the Moving Image Only 15 minutes from midtown, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the city’s most dynamic institutions, devoted to all manifestations of movement in art. Rubbing elbows with Kaufman Astoria Studios, the three-story building, complete with a state-of-the-art 264-seat cinema, screens movies daily. Meanwhile gallery spaces display artifacts, including 19th century optical toys, modern video games, and recognizable objects from films. City Reliquary Museum This quirky institution houses all sorts of New York City ephemera, from old postcards featuring the Statue of Liberty to a vintage subway turnstile, as well as permanent exhibits on the history of burlesque in NYC and the 1939 World's Fair. The museum is also an active presence in the community, organizing special events (like a bike parade) and fund-raisers. Forbes Galleries Nestled on the ground floor of the Forbes publishing headquarters in Greenwich

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Ten classes to try

Learning new skills is key to self-improvement. Find out which classes to try in 2013, to delve into an interest or discover a new hobby. Just because you’re not in school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t always be learning something, especially if your 2013 goal is self-improvement. We’ve got a handful of classes to try, whether you want to brush up on your vegan-cooking skills or hone your stand-up comedy chops. You’ll be crafting homemade beer or speaking a new language in no time. You might also like 101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2012 The coldest months are a time for comfort food, warm drinks and indoor pursuits. Find these and more with our rundown of the best things to do in the winter. Don't succumb to cabin fever—NYC's full of things to do in the winter that you can only enjoy between December and February. As well as things to do for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, Kwanzaa, Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day, there are annual favorites like petting the adorable pooches at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, marching in free musical parades Make Music New York and Unsilent Night, taking the plunge at the Coney Island Polar Dip on New Year's Day, and joining the mob at SantaCon and the No Pants Subway Ride.RECOMMENDED: All winter activities in NYC There are also plenty of comfort-food events including NY Chili Fest, Fondue Night and the month-long Hot Chocolate Festival—and if you're hungry for a bargain try Winter Restaurant W

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Ten sights to see

These NYC attractions may be crowded, but these are the ten you must see if you’re after self-improvement—and if you want to be considered a real New Yorker. New Yorkers need to know their city, if they want to know themselves and work on self-improvement. Swallow your pride and put these sights on your 2013 to-do list. They’re just a sliver of the 50 best NYC attractions, but they cover lesser-known spots, places found in our favorite New York neighborhoods and buildings immortalized in the top New York photographs. You might also like New York attractions: Top ten lesser-known NYC attractions Check out ten of our favorite lesser-known New York attractions, and learn about the history of these quirky, fascinating landmarks. We love the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building as much as the next tourist, but the city is full of equally impressive—and less well-known—things to do. Read on for our top 10 lesser-known New York attractions, including the country's first Hall of Fame, a museum devoted to quirky NYC artifacts, and a tiny scale model of the city.RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions You might also like Photos: New York City’s top attractions Top 50 New York photographs Revamping the City Reliquary Museum NYC's 20 most iconic street views More New York attractions New York attractions: Top ten lesser-known NYC attractions Check out ten of our favorite lesser-known New York attractions, and learn about the history of these quirky, fascin

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Ten art exhibits to visit

Art may be subjective, but these are the best galleries and museums to visit right now if you’re on the path to self-improvement. When it comes to art, everyone has an opinion about the best galleries and museums for seeing the most interesting art. Some will tell you to scope out the places showing off the city’s top photography, while others will have you seeking out those showing the city’s best sculpture. If you’re on the path to self-improvement and want to be truly cultured, it’s best to hit up a few of each type. You might also like Ten painting shows you should see (SLIDESHOW) Catch these top exhibitions. You might also likeSee more in Art NYC’s top 25 Picassos Ten fall shows you should see Whitney Museum: Top 25 works of art at America's art museum (SLIDE SHOW) Whitney Museum: Top 25 works of art at America's art museum (SLIDE SHOW) From Edward Hopper to the biggest names in today's art, TONY picks the top works of art in the essential museum of American art: The Whitney. You might also like Top sports art to get you psyched about the Olympics (Slideshow)Top outdoor public art in NYC 2012 (SLIDE SHOW)Top 50 New York photographs Slideshow: Top 20 paintings at MoMA TONY's guide to the best pieces on view right now. See more in Art Top ten: MTA subway art See great art with a swipe of your MetroCard. The MTA Arts for Transit program has been commissioning public art for more than 25 years, recruiting big names (Roy Lichtenstein, Nancy Spero) as well

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Ten ways to meet people

One of the best ways to work toward self-improvement is to meet new people. Try out these classes and events to make new friends. Sure, you probably have dozens of Facebook pals and Twitter followers, but e-friends do not a real posse make—nor will they help in your search for self-improvement. Get off the computer and scope out these ways to meet people (yes, in real life!). There are sport leagues, volunteer projects and offbeat events, so you’ll find plenty of options for making friends, regardless of your interests. Bat Haus Coworking Natalie Chan and Cody Sullivan opened this congenial spot earlier this year, after determining that there weren’t many places in the area that were serving the needs of freelancers. Fifty to sixty people use the 2,500-square-foot clubhouse each week, taking advantage of perks such as Wi-Fi, mail delivery and a shared kitchen. At least one collaboration, between a Web developer and a graphic designer, has been sparked among Bat Haus members. The venue also hosts events, including monthly Presentation Party Night lectures and a flea market on weekends. batha.us. Unlimited membership $149/month, part-time membership $99/month, day pass $10. Brooklyn Brainery Since it opened in 2010, the Brainery has acted as a hub for folks who want to sate their curiosity about food, history, or any number of quirky topics. Small class sizes make it easy to chat with other attendees, and more hands-on workshops encourage interaction among participants. Th

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