New Yorkers' NYC-related resolutions
City residents are in a New York state of mind for the new year. New Yorkers gave us their New York City-related resolutions for 2010, from visiting the ballet and opera more often to imbibing religiously on the city’s rooftops.
Go to ABT and The Met at least a few times. I need to broaden my horizons.
— Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows
Eat healthy, work out and lose weight.
— David Burke, chef/owner of David Burke Townhouse, Fishtail and David Burke at Bloomingdale's
— Michael Feinstein, “Feinstein’s At the Regency” Drink less Gatorade in the kitchen during service, or more if they start endorsing chefs.
— George Mendes, chef/owner of Aldea Limit my number of lap dances.
— Ed Norwick, general manager of Scores gentleman’s club I will be making a lot of surprise drop-in visits to The Ailey Extension. I love to see the surprised look on the students’ faces.
— Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Walk my dog around the city more. When I first got Harry, I walked and walked and walked with him through the Village and sometimes as far as Battery Park City. We’ve gotten a bit lazy. If I walk Harry more, perhaps that will tie into my other resolution — to exercise and lose weight.”
— Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer Make history in 2010 by bringing The Grateful Dead back to the city at the New-York Historical Society.
— Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society Maintain yoga as a part of my pregnancy lifestyle through classes at YogaWorks in SoHo, to be a great mother and to help my dog Cookie be a ‘skinnygirl’ and take her for walks in … TriBeCa, SoHo or along the river.
— Bethenny Frankel, star of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and author of “The Skinnygirl Dish” I always get made fun of my old-school calendar planner that I carry with me everywhere around New York. I have random pages folded and papers flying out of it, so in 2010 I plan on becoming more organized.
— Dylan Lauren, CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar Get New York City kids excited about being active and playing sports again.
— David Barton, founder of DavidBartonGym Start purchasing ‘locally-grown’ Nicorette at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, rather than outsourcing from Kentucky on eBay.
— Melissa Broder, curator of Polestar Poetry Series at CakeShop Not to silently judge people on the subway. They’ll never hear you if you don’t speak up.
— Sloane Crosley, author of “I Was Told There Would be Cake” Put the great restaurants of New York City to better personal use. I resolve to force feed myself at least twice week — preferably from Manhattan’s Halal street-stands, or the many Fresco Tortilla taco shops. Last year I totally slacked off on my calorie intake. This year, I’m going to eat a lot, whether I like it or not.”
— Andrew W.K., singer Spend more time on New York City rooftops, drinking warm eggnog spiced with Southern Comfort and freshly grated nutmeg.
— Crazy Legs Conti, competitive eater
Take the subway more, though I love a good cab ride late at night in New York.
— Mark Russell, Under the Radar Festival Stop giving the Metrocard booth the finger because it can’t read my credit card. It’s illegal to threaten an MTA employee and it’s the closest thing to one that I¹ve seen in months.
— Judy Gold, comedian Continue to find ways to help the small business community sustain itself while waiting for the economy to rebound.
— Nancy Ploeger, president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Do all I can to save our beloved Union Square Park from being privatized by Bloomberg’s wealthy friends in the local Business Improvement District -- the ‘Union Square Partnership.’ Keep the public parks public.
— Reverend Billy, political activist
Continue to open up new creative venues.
— Eugene Remm, partner of nightlife company EMM Group
— Douglas Blonsky, president of the Central Park Conservancy