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Just because you could complain about the MTA and the impending snowstorm all day doesn’t mean you should. Instead, brush up on these NYC happenings, which run the gamut from selfies with a duck to self-care with needles.

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That Hot Duck

Everyone’s swooning over the rare mandarin duck that somehow ended up in Central Park. He disappears periodically—sending birdwatchers and Instagrammers alike into a panic—but park staff assert that he’s just making the rounds. The forecast calls for snow this week, so if you want to catch a glimpse of the avian celeb, you might want to hurry in case he decides to flee in search of warmer climes.

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Courtesy of David Mallett

Style Me Like One of Your French Girls

Australian-born stylist David Mallett has a cult following at his two eponymous Paris salons (Marion Cotillard, Diane Kruger and Penélope Cruz are fans). And last month, the master of effortless French-girl locks and his highly skilled team set up shop in Soho. The sunlit salon, decked out with high ceilings and herringbone floors, will offer cuts, color and styling, along with a signature “hair facial,” which we’d never heard of before but now desperately want to try.

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Alex Staniloff

Your Next Fancy-Pants Dinner

Housed in a beaux arts building that dates back to 1905, NoMad’s Evelyn Hotel has more than a little old-world charm. And this month, as part of an extensive renovation, the hotel unveils Benno, a plush new fine-dining destination from a celebrated chef. Once you’re done marveling at the gorgeous skylight and jewel-toned velvet banquettes, feast on dishes like olive oil–braised abalone and lobster pasta fra diavolo.

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THE IMPENDING TECH INVASION

You might want to lock in that two-year lease. Amazon just announced plans for its new East Coast headquarters, split between Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, which is expected to house a staff of 50,000 between them. Meanwhile, Google is planning to expand to the tune of 12,000 new employees, which means we could be in for a Bay Area–style rent spike in the near future. (Can they at least bring some burritos?)

Smorgasburg’s New Winter Home

The summertime favorite moves indoors for the season, this time into a giant space in Atlantic Terminal that used to be an OfficeMax. Maybe not the most charming backstory, but there’s plenty of room for the 60-plus vendors, including Bona Bona Ice Cream (responsible for that insane s’mores lava cake) and The Pizza Cupcake, which serves handheld pizza bites (don’t worry, there’s no frosting).

The SoulCycle of Acupuncture

The latest self-care practice getting an Instagram-era rebrand is actually thousands of years old. WTHN, a new acupuncture studio in Flatiron, aims to bring the ancient Eastern therapy to the masses with a modern space and a menu of treatments like “Trust Your Gut” (for digestion) and “The Ladies’ Room” (for women’s health issues like fertility and PMS), plus add-ons like cupping and herbs. 

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