5 Things To Know This AM — Aug 08 2012

Francophiles, we've got another brand coming to our fair city, sure to inject a little joie de vivre into our closets and 'tudes. (WWD)
Praise the shoe deities, the Manolo Blahnik sample sale is in full swing, with markdowns up to 75% off. (Racked NY)
Brooklyn, we go hard...especially when we're commuting on our bike and soles. Get ready for a pedestrian-friendly expansion of one of the city's biggest borough connectors. (Gothamist)
And, speaking of Brooklyn travel — if you're in the hood late at night (okay, the wee hours of the morning), and feel a little nervous about your surroundings, call the Brooklyn Bike Patrol to summon a bike(er) in shining armor who'll take you from point A... to safety. (Animal NY)
If you've ever wished to emulate your fave celeb's sculpted physique, the solution is within reach. What better way to get to know the man credited with making workouts cool than attending a party on August 14? Read on for deets. (David Barton Gym)

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