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Guys, we made it through 2016. And while we know you’re busy with other things—namely, trying on that killer New Year’s Eve dress—it never hurts to get a jump on 2017. Here are 16 only-in-NYC resolutions to make.

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1. Cut down your Seamless/Caviar/Postmates orders to just three times a week. You can do it.


2. Start wearing a seatbelt in the back of cabs. (Seriously: They’re not golf carts.)

3. Finally get a driver’s license…at the tender age of 31.

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4. Vow to stop blaming your chronic lateness on “the subway.” Your friends are wising up to the fact that the F train isn’t that much of a mess.


5. Get rid of those shoes that always give you blisters. Four months is not a standard break-in period. 

6. Stop feeling guilty when you cancel on your boyfriend’s coworker’s fiancé’s roommate’s birthday dinner. We promise: No one will care.

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7. Finally accept that going to Trader Joe’s at 7 p.m. on Sunday is never a good idea.

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8. Stop accumulating crappy bodega umbrellas and actually get a good one that lasts. (And then remember to actually take it with you.)


9. Sorry, but you don’t actually need a daily $4.50 cortado from La Colombe. Learn to make a decent cup at home, at least most days…OK, at least one day a week.

10. Pledge not to walk around while listening to a podcast and scrolling through your phone. This is why you walked into a mailbox that one time.

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11. Try not to get irritated when relatives come to visit and walk at an ungodly slow pace. (Try really, really hard.) 

12. Quit acting surprised/outraged when there’s a 90-minute wait at Roberta’s. It comes with the territory, people.

13. Likewise, you can stop gasping in shock when your out-of-town friends tell you how little they pay in rent. Just nod, smile and remember: They can’t get a fresh-baked bagel at 1 a.m.

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14. Realize that spending $300 at a Theory sample sale isn’t technically “saving” money.

15. And that eyelash extensions and gel manicures aren’t really a cost-of-living expense. (Sorry.)


16. Or hey, give up on resolutions entirely. You’re a New Yorker—you don’t have time for that nonsense.

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