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One of the nicest things when you live in a city of almost 20 million people is to find a place that makes you feel like you belong. Or, to quote the long-running comedy Cheers, a place “where everybody knows your name.” For me, the Chelsea bar and brasserie Guilty Goose is one such place.

Channel your inner artist and spend a day at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Join the crowds surrounding Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” in the Painting and Sculpture I department, stand in line for a viewing of Christian Marclay’s The Clock or climb to the top floor of the museum for the Special Exhibitions department.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to the famed Museum Mile—the Upper East Side section of Fifth Avenue teeming with several museums and cultural centers. I headed uptown from our Flatiron District offices to see the exhibit Picasso Black and White, on view thru Jan. 23rd, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

If you’re looking for a musical that will appeal to non-Broadway fans too, look no further than Rock of Ages. While it still has the big song-and-dance numbers of other shows, the songs the actors are singing and dancing to are hits of the 1980’s that anyone with an FM radio will know. Known as “Broadway’s Best Party,” dancing in your seat is not only allowed, it’s strongly encouraged.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to Discovery Times Square to check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition™. I went to the grand opening of the exhibit in the spring of 2011, and although I didn’t get a chance to see Daniel Radcliffe—who immortalized the title character in the high-grossing series of films, based on the best-selling fantasy novels—walk the red carpet, I did learn a lot about the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Wrapping up the Park Avenue Armory’s 2012 season is Ann Hamilton’s solo exhibit the event of a thread, which closes this Sunday, January 6th. I heard about the show over the holidays and when I found out it was closing this weekend, I rushed out to see the huge installation and test out one or two of the 40 swings suspended from the ceiling of the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot space.

If you’ve tried one too many times to get tickets to Saturday Night Live, opt for a show at Chelsea’s Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre instead, where many SNL cast members got their start. SNL alum and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, who founded the theatre along with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, is still known to show up for Sunday’s ASSSSCAT 3000.

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

This afternoon, I witnessed the final test of the New Year’s Eve ball drop at the iconic One Times Square building. My journey began with a short elevator ride to the 21st floor. From there, I was briefed on the history of this famous New Year’s Eve tradition, which began December 31, 1903 with a fireworks display to celebrate The New York Times’ move to the area.

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