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The holiday season is upon us, and with it, an active schedule of celebrations, laughter and good cheer. To help you get through all the excitement, we've put together a list of holiday essentials in NYC—a coveted catalog of hot spots no matter your need. This guide to exercising, beautifying, eating and drinking will keep your battery charged through New Year's Day. Wherever your headed, dress up your festive wear with this year's new Viva la Juicy Limited Edition Parfum.  It is the 100% Pure Parfum of the original fun, flirty scent from Juicy Couture, made from a delightful mix of mandarin orange, wild berries, honeysuckle and gardenia. Follow this advice and you'll surely be the life of every holiday soiree.

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1. McCarren Park Ice Rink

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McCarren Park
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Forget Rockefeller Center. This brand-new ice rink at the once-forlorn, recently-revitalized McCarren Pool is the hip alternative to the crowds in Midtown.

2. Physique 57

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24 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 399-0570
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Burn off that holiday excess with a class at Physique 57—a 57-minute workout that combines cardio, strength training, and barre exercises. And, while you're at it, knock out some Christmas shopping with class packages for all the ladies in your life.
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3. One Lucky Duck

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125 1/2 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-7151
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Give your body a break from hors d'oeuvres and champagne with a stop at One Lucky Duck, a juice bar and raw food spot from the folks behind Pure Food & Wine. A detoxifying red ginger juice will ward off colds and keep the liver in check.

4. Juicy Couture

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368 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 336-8151
Stop into the intimate downtown Juicy Couture flagship to pick out a killer outfit for your next holiday party or find the perfect gift.

5. Tenoverten Parker Meridien

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119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 767-1010
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The 57th Street offshoot of popular nail salon Tenoverten might just be the sleekest underground space in the city, the perfect location to get your faultless mani/pedi and quietly tucked away from the throngs of holiday shoppers.

6. Macy's

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151 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4400
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The Viva la Juicy Limited Edition Parfum is this season's must-have item.  Inspired by winter glam, get the fragrance at Macy's before hitting your next holiday celebration and you'll surely be the life of the party.

7. Kingside

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Viceroy New York Hotel, 120 West 57th Street
New York, NY
Spruce up boring holiday dinners with co-workers at Kingside. Tucked inside the Roman + Williams-designed Viceroy hotel, Kingside might be brand new but it feels like classic New York, with subway tiling, Art Deco lighting, and extensive raw bar.

8. Murray's Cheese Bar

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264 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 476-8882
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It's easy to make a meal out of cheese and charcuterie at this year-old offshoot of the venerable Murray's Cheese Shop, but the menu also includes a burger doused in rarebit sauce. After picking up edible gifts at the shop down the block, head here to celebrate.

9. Golden Cadillac

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13 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 995-5151
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Step back in time at the Golden Cadillac, a throwback East Village cocktail lounge serving up refined versions of '70s classics. Can't pick just one from the extensive list? Try the Miami Vice—part piña colada, part strawberry daiquiri. Holiday cocktail hour just got a lot more interesting.

10. Grace Bar

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365 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(646) 918-6553
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Round up the ladies for a holiday party pre-game at Grace Bar. A welcome reprieve from the city's many male-dominated Irish pubs, it features craft cocktails designed by some of the city's premiere female mixologists.

11. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-3000
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Looking for the perfect way to kick off the New Year? Brunch at Lafayette, of course! You can get a foie gras terrine, salads, soups, omelettes, steak frites, and pastries. And, for those who need a break from excess, they've got delicious pressed juices.

1. McCarren Park Ice Rink

McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Forget Rockefeller Center. This brand-new ice rink at the once-forlorn, recently-revitalized McCarren Pool is the hip alternative to the crowds in Midtown.
McCarren Park
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Physique 57

24 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Burn off that holiday excess with a class at Physique 57—a 57-minute workout that combines cardio, strength training, and barre exercises. And, while you're at it, knock out some Christmas shopping with class packages for all the ladies in your life.
[Photo]
24 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

3. One Lucky Duck

125 1/2 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
Give your body a break from hors d'oeuvres and champagne with a stop at One Lucky Duck, a juice bar and raw food spot from the folks behind Pure Food & Wine. A detoxifying red ginger juice will ward off colds and keep the liver in check.
125 1/2 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

4. Juicy Couture

368 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Stop into the intimate downtown Juicy Couture flagship to pick out a killer outfit for your next holiday party or find the perfect gift.
368 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

5. Tenoverten Parker Meridien

119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
The 57th Street offshoot of popular nail salon Tenoverten might just be the sleekest underground space in the city, the perfect location to get your faultless mani/pedi and quietly tucked away from the throngs of holiday shoppers.
119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

6. Macy's

151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
The Viva la Juicy Limited Edition Parfum is this season's must-have item.  Inspired by winter glam, get the fragrance at Macy's before hitting your next holiday celebration and you'll surely be the life of the party.
151 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

7. Kingside

Viceroy New York Hotel, 120 West 57th Street, New York, NY
Spruce up boring holiday dinners with co-workers at Kingside. Tucked inside the Roman + Williams-designed Viceroy hotel, Kingside might be brand new but it feels like classic New York, with subway tiling, Art Deco lighting, and extensive raw bar.
Viceroy New York Hotel, 120 West 57th Street
New York, NY

8. Murray's Cheese Bar

264 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
It's easy to make a meal out of cheese and charcuterie at this year-old offshoot of the venerable Murray's Cheese Shop, but the menu also includes a burger doused in rarebit sauce. After picking up edible gifts at the shop down the block, head here to celebrate.
264 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

9. Golden Cadillac

13 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Step back in time at the Golden Cadillac, a throwback East Village cocktail lounge serving up refined versions of '70s classics. Can't pick just one from the extensive list? Try the Miami Vice—part piña colada, part strawberry daiquiri. Holiday cocktail hour just got a lot more interesting.
13 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Grace Bar

365 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
Round up the ladies for a holiday party pre-game at Grace Bar. A welcome reprieve from the city's many male-dominated Irish pubs, it features craft cocktails designed by some of the city's premiere female mixologists.
365 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016

11. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Looking for the perfect way to kick off the New Year? Brunch at Lafayette, of course! You can get a foie gras terrine, salads, soups, omelettes, steak frites, and pastries. And, for those who need a break from excess, they've got delicious pressed juices.
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012