curated by Sara Maher

So, you’ve tried out 2017 for a few weeks. How does it feel? Will this be the year you finally conquer “New Year, New You,” or are you already wishing it came with some kind of extended warranty? You could spend your time caught up in gloom and doom, or you could get out and enjoy yourself. Consider this Resolution Number One.

Choose Chocolate

Whether you’re feeling chilled, down, or just need a sweet pick-me-up, head to Valrhona’s first NYC Hot Chocolate Festival.

The website says the festival will let you “discover exclusive, new, hot chocolate recipes that give the real essence of what chocolate in a glass on a cold day should be!” But don’t be intimidated – everyone knows it’s just candy in a cup. As a bonus, 50 cents from each cup purchased will be donated to City Harvest.

F-accessible venues include Francois Payard (downtown to W 4 St and walk southeast to 116 W Houston St), Doughnut Plant NYC (downtown to Delancey St and walk south to 379 Grand St), Brooklyn Roasting Company (downtown to York St and walk north to 25 Jay St), and Provence en Boite by Jean-Jacques Bernat (downtown to Carroll St and walk north to 263 Smith St). Through Jan 31, 9am-7pm. Pricing varies by location. valrhonaprofessionals.com/valrhonahotchocolatefestival.html.

Winter Green

Calling all seniors – or at least the ones willing to get their hands dirty! You can head out with GreenThumb to Tour Queens County Farm Museum, located on the largest tract of undisturbed farmland left in NYC and the longest continuously farmed site in the state. See how it keeps things growing, even in winter, with its greenhouses and tunnel constructions, and be sure to swing into the Welcome Center to buy a handful of food for the farm’s friendly goats.

F downtown to Lex Av-63 St and walk northwest to The Arsenal (830 5th Av); GreenThumb will pick you up and drive to the Queens County Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral, Queens). Fri Jan 27; pickup 12:30pm, tour 2-3pm. Free; RSVP required. Info and RSVP: 212-602-5300 or greenthumbnyc.org/gardenevents.html.

Ring in the Rooster

If your 2017 started out a little rough, take a do-over and begin again in the Year of the Rooster. Chinatown’s official New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival features a parade with dragon and lion dancers, and fireworks. Nearby restaurants will be offering special dishes to honor the celebration.

F downtown to East Broadway and walk northwest to find a spot along Eldridge St for parade; continue northeast for festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Sat Jan 28, 12-4:30pm; parade starts at 1pm. Free. All ages. betterchinatown.com/upcoming-events.

More Than a Mat

Right now you’re probably spending a lot of time snuggled under a blanket, but did you ever stop to consider it as art? The Rhythmic Art of Thread exhibit “showcases works in fiber” with themes ranging from culture and religion to events and icons. With an assortment of fabric techniques, including quilting, appliqué, screening, and collaging, these mixed media pieces look more Picasso or Pollock than grandparent.

F downtown to Lex Av-63 St and walk northwest to The Arsenal (830 5th Av, third floor gallery). Weekdays through Feb 24; 9am-5pm. Free. nycgovparks.org/events/2017/01/23/exhibition-the-rhythmic-art-of-thread.

Shakespearian... ish

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more classical literature? If your former stabs at reading Shakespeare left you “the portrait of a blinking idiot,” well, “cudgel thy brains no more about it,” because an evening at Drunk Shakespeare will most certainly help. One of five actors takes at least five shots before attempting to perform the lead in a Shakespearian play, with the other four actors making futile attempts to keep the plot on course. “Lord, what a fool these mortals might be!”

F downtown to 42 St-Bryant Park and walk northwest to The Lounge (300 W 43rd St).Through June 24; performance days and times vary. $55-89 regular, $500 for King or Queen (one + guest per show). Ages 21+. drunkshakespeare.com.

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