Health News | The City’s Best Yoga and Pilates Studios

Yoga and Pilates are timeless forms of exercise that strengthen the body, focus on the core, build lean muscles, and contribute to a mindful way of life. With so many options to choose from in the city, here are just a few of our favorite studios to practice at!

New Love City

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68 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This spot is a unique combination of workspace and yoga studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. With classes for all levels of yogi’s, New Love City is the perfect studio for those looking to experience the best of Vinyasa yoga.

Insider Tip: take Conor Yates’ class

Katonah Yoga Bowery

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302 Bowery and First Street

This yoga studio focuses on Hatha yoga, a gentle form that is perfect for those interested in working out the mind alongside the body. Founded by Nevine Michaan, Katonah Yoga’s practice has been refined over forty years and infused with Taoist theory and meditation.

Sacred Sounds Yoga

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163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets

This Greenwich Village studio offers an array of classes, from Ashtanga to Aerial and even yoga for kids. With a goal of promoting a healthy mind, body, and spirit through love, life, laughter, and practice, the studio is dedicated providing trainees of every level with a friendly and comfortable experience. Sacred Sounds Yoga is also rentable for parties, photo shoots, and rehearsals.

Real Pilates

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177 Duane Street between Staple Street and Greenwich Street

This studio is committed to offering classes in the original style of Joseph Pilates and promises fast fitness results. Founded on a belief that the power of the student-teacher relationship is the most significant catalyst for achieving personal and physical success, Real Pilates creates customized programs for everyone who walks through its doors.

Flex Studios

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47 West 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

For a fitness combination featuring classes on the Pilates reformer as well as barre and TRX classes, Flex Studios is the best in the city. On average, the studio offers 15 small group classes each day, incorporating the three methods for a fast=paced, form-focused, full-body workout!

Insider Tip: Take Justine Roux’s class

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side  

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239 West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue

Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side is one of New York City’s best studios offering Ashtanga yoga in the style of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. In line with tradition, the studio teaches students of all levels individually in a group setting for a comprehensive understanding of the series through verbal and hands-on guidance.

Golden Bridge Yoga

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253 Centre Street between Broome and Grand Streets

This studio offers the very spiritual style of Kundalini yoga. A workout for the mind, body, and soul, Golden Bridge Yoga offers a peaceful village vibe, a welcoming and talented staff, and incentive to take a breath from the city that never sleeps!

 

Health News | Top New York City Running Routes

This time of year, there is no better way to enjoy the city than by making it into your own personal gym.  With such a diverse array of running routes, there is a path for every runner. We’ve rounded up our top six and included information on which sneakers you should be wearing on each route. What are you waiting for? Lace up and hit the pavement!

The Highline

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Entrances: Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District and West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Distance: 1.45 miles

What to Expect: Views of the Hudson River and the Meatpacking District in addition to street art, sculptures, and picturesque gardens.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 – an option that is both light and durable. There’s no need for anything too serious or heavy on this leisurely path.

Insider Tip: To avoid crowds, head out early morning. The Park opens at 7:00 am.

Central Park Reservoir Loop

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Entrances: Central Park Center, 85th to 96th Street

Distance: 1.58 miles

What to Expect: Iconic views, regular runners, and tough rolling hills that will get your glutes in shape.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 – an option that is stylish, practical, and lightweight. Choose a sneaker will suit your Central Park jaunt on and off the trails.

Insider Tip: For a flatter surface with equally majestic reservoir views, try running loops around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges Run

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Entrances: Start at the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge from either the Manhattan or Brooklyn side.

Distance: 3.5 Miles

What to Expect: An incline on the bridge adds to the intensity of your run. The incredible views are swoon-worthy, but may get in the way of your best sweat if you try to capture them all with a photo!

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Brooks Launch 4 – You’ll need a firm heel and flexible forefoot for this run. Choose a sneaker that will help soften the ground beneath you.

Insider Tip: Map out this run, among others, using MapMyRun and other running blogs and apps. You can find routes, create your own, log your runs, and get feedback from friends to ensure the most personalized and productive workouts.

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Tip of Manhattan Run

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Distance: 7 Miles

Entrances: Start at the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan at Houston Street.

What to Expect: As you run along the West Side Highway and round the tip of Manhattan, you’ll catch the stunning landscape of the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, South Street Seaport and Governors Island. Coming up the East River, you get to take in the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges before heading back to Houston Street to finish your run.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Newton Running Gravity 6 – these high-mileage trainers with five lugs under the foot will help carry you through the long distance.

Insider Tip: Bring plenty of water and sunglasses to shield you from the sun’s scorching rays

West Side Highway (North) up the Hudson River Greenway

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Distance: 12 miles

Entrances: Start in Battery Park City at Vesey Street and West Street. Run north along the West Side Highway.

What to Expect: Mostly flat pavement, plus epic views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and, if you run far enough, the Little Red Lighthouse.

Best Sneaker for this Pathway: Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 – the full-length midsole and lightweight nature of these sneakers will help keep you going on this longer distance run.

Insider Tip: On weekends hit the path early morning hours to avoid crowds.

Van Cortlandt Park

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Distance: 3.1 miles

Entrances: Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx

What to Expect: A departure from skyscrapers and skyline views, the park is home to over 1000 acres with 14-plus miles of trails to explore. A great way to take a break from the concrete and seek out some trees.

Best sneaker for this pathway: Adidas Supernova – choose an option with great cushioning to support the unpredictable terrain of these trails.

Insider Tip: The park also has a running track, which is right near the Nature Center. Mix up your workout with a cross-country warm-up followed by an intense workout on the track.

 

Food News | Five of the Healthiest Restaurants to Try in the New Year

If holiday indulgences have taken their toll and you are ready for a fresh start in 2017, look no further. Lucky for you, sticking to your New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be as painful as you might think. Today’s New York City has a plethora of healthy dining options that will leave you satisfied. Enjoy our five favorite health conscious dining options for 2017 here.

Brodo
200 First Avenue

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Bone broth isn’t just a fad. The collagen found in this delicious broth is actually protein that will keep you full and satisfied all the while healing your gut, reducing inflammation, and promoting healthy bones and clear skin. Grab a steaming hot cup of broth from this take-out only spot and enjoy a healthy meal that will also warm your soul.
For more information click here

The Little Beet
135 West 50th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

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With a self-proclaimed “guilt free” menu and multiple locations around the city, you can count on the Little Beet for a meal that not only tastes good but is also good for you. Using only local, seasonal and natural ingredients, the Little Beet offers a menu that is gluten free, guilt free and readily accessible wherever in NYC you might be
For more information and locations click here

Nix
72 University Place between 10th and 11th Streets

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One of the newest additions to the health conscious dining scene, Nix is also one of the most impressive: the establishment has already been awarded a Michelin star. This veggie-centric menu is so well done that you’d never even know that you were dining at an entirely vegetarian restaurant. Combine the stellar menu with Nix’s noteworthy cocktail list and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a healthy date night.
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Divya’s Kitchen
25 First Avenue between First and Second Streets

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Located within the Bhakti Center, Divya’s Kitchen serves a gluten-free, vegetarian menu that is based off of Aryuvedic healing principles. Opened with the intention of bringing a peaceful and wellness-oriented restaurant to the Downtown NYC dining scene, Divya’s Kitchen succeeds in doing just that. This spot is perfect for anyone looking for a healthful dining option that will nurture mind, body, and spirit.
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Rouge Tomate
126 West 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

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You can count on Rouge Tomate for an elegant meal that is delicious and satisfying without leaving you in a gluttonous food coma. This health conscious establishment recently reopened its doors in a cozier, more rustic, downtown location. With a veggie-centric menu by a Michelin-starred chef, Rouge Tomate is an excellent choice for dining with a lovely atmosphere, great wine list and food specifically crafted to leave you feeling good.
For more information click here 

 

Weekend News | Bed and Breakfast Getaways

With long work days and the constant buzzing that comes with living in NYC, many long for a weekend escape. These days, a luxurious bed and breakfast is just the thing. Enjoy delicious food, incredible scenery and fresh air — all without having to get on a plane to make it happen. Try one of these nearby bed and breakfast spots for the perfect weekend getaway.

1. The Bedford Post in Bedford, NY

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This luxurious country inn has only eight rooms, most with a working fireplace to maximize the cozy ambience. Located in leafy West Chester County, The Bedford Post features a yoga studio and two onsite restaurants: The Barn, a more casual spot for breakfast and lunch, and Campagna, a fine dining destination for Italian delights.

2. Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY

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Once a Gilded Age hideaway, Glenmere Mansion has 18 contemporary rooms nestled in a historic building and exquisite gardens. Guests have access to outdoor activities in the Hudson Valley but may choose to luxuriate in the onsite spa instead. Onsite dining includes a cozy tavern, fine restaurant rooms and personal room service.

3. The Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT

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This gracious country mansion is all white shingles and green acres. Each chamber and suite has a unique decor chosen by the owners to be timeless, not trendy. The Homestead Inn’s restaurant is chef Thomas Henkelmann’s personal masterpiece, allowing him to showcase his French culinary training.

4. The Tower Cottage in Point Pleasant, NJ

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The Tower Cottage is the epitome of a Victorian seaside retreat located in Point Pleasant’s historic district. The building is reminiscent of a lighthouse, and the inn pampers guests with complimentary robes and slippers, gas fireplaces and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut offer lovely bed and breakfast spots to escape from the stresses of city life any time. Book a trip that’s just a few hours away by car to rejuvenate whenever the mood strikes.

Weekend News | Apple Picking Near NYC

There’s nothing like autumn in New York — the weather is generally as perfect as it can get. If you’re looking for an excuse to be outside this time of year, spending the day picking apples at a farm near New York City is a great idea — there are a number quaint apple farms within a short drive of the area. We’ve narrowed down the list to five farms worth escaping the city for. 

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

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Located in North Salem, NY, about an hour from NYC, Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard is the place to go for apple picking between Labor Day and Halloween. If you just want to pick apples, you can buy a large bag for $30 on any weekday and fill it with McIntosh apples you pluck from the orchard. Weekends here are busier thanks to the weekly Fall Festival, which costs $5 per person and offers hayrides, pony rides and bounce houses, as well as apples and pumpkins ripe for the picking.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

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This is another apple farm about an hour from NYC — it sits in Granite Springs, NY. At Stuart’s Fruit Farm, you can pick different types of apples, including Gala, McIntosh, Cameo and other varieties. A large bag for apple picking costs $25.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

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An hour north of NYC in Yorktown Heights, NY, you’ll find Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. This farm boasts many apple types, including Gala, McIntosh, Baldwin, Cortland and Red Delicious — depending on the week you go. Prices vary due to a few factors, but they’re often close to $2 per pound, and there’s no admission fee to enter the farm.

Battleview Orchards

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An hour south of NYC is Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ. This is where you can pick apples — including McIntosh, Jonathan, Honey Crisp, Cortland and Jonamac varieties — for $1.40 per pound, cash only. You can also enjoy hayrides on the weekends here.

Demarest Farms

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This farm is about 45 minutes away from NYC and offers apple picking every day of the week. At Demarest Farms, you can choose from over a dozen types of apples. Admission is $5 per person and includes a petting zoo, hayride and playground area. The cost to buy a bag for the apples you pick is $9.

So, even if you live in the city, you’re never more than an hour away from a beautiful orchard with a peaceful, country feel. Make one of these your favorite farm for apple picking near NYC.

Fall Health | What Produce Should You Be Picking Up This Season

New York’s late harvest,  leaves you with a plethora of  in-season fruits and vegetables to choose from during the fall. Put together a fabulous dinner party meal plan with these peak-of-perfection produce options.

Beets

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The intense sweetness and vibrant color of beets bring a dynamic element to your fall plate. They contain a significant amount of vitamin C and folate, as well as an anti-inflammatory nutrient called betaine. Give your beets a gourmet presentation by putting together this delicious salad with fennel and bonito dressing.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts pair perfectly with many fall dishes, such as prime rib and heritage ham. They add plenty of protein, fiber and antioxidants to your dish. While you typically feature this vegetable as a side, this vibrant dish uses brussels sprouts as its base. Roasted Brussels sprouts with cabbage and pine nuts can stand on its own.

Leeks

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Leeks introduce onion flavors into your dish without overpowering subtle elements. This cold weather vegetable is a great source of vitamin A, B6 and K. It also contains kaempferol, which reduces the risk of chronic diseaseThis recipe lets you transition into the fall with a thick and filling soup.

Winter Squash

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Squash is a characteristic symbol of fall and with so many different varieties, it deserves a place in your meal planning. You get fiber and vitamin C, along with carotenoids that can reduce heart disease risk. Stuffed winter squash can act as an appetizer or a main dish, and allows you to customize the dish for your dinner guests’ preferences.

Apples

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This iconic fruit lasts throughout the fall season, giving you plenty of time to enjoy it at its peak. The fiber content reduces diabetes risk and your cholesterol count and the antioxidants fight many diseases. With more apple varieties than any other state, NY offers apples for any palette. From sweet and tangy to tart and crisp apples are easy to enjoy on their own or include in a recipe. End your autumn dinner with the irresistible salted-butter apple galette with maple whipped cream.
There are farmers markets located around NYC where you can find all the above produce and more. Visit Time Out New York for a list of their top picks and where to find these Green Markets.

Health and Wellness: Five of The Best Spas in New York City

Winter is here, and once we settle into the most frigid of seasons our skin will begin to take a beating and we’ll look to seek refuge in warm places as often as possible. Luckily, New York City offers no shortage of world-class spas to duck into anytime our bodies are in need of some extra tender love and care, which should be the case on at least a couple of occasions the next few months. Here are our top five that repeatedly show up on highly respected best-of lists:

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This Korean-style spa house in an enormous complex is almost reminiscent of a carnival—and is likely to be just as much fun. The first floor features separate bathing areas for men and women, while the second and third floors have a coed water park and a handful of themed saunas. Not only can you get a top-notch shiatsu massage, but you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Korean restaurant.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website

4. Greenhouse Holistic
88 Roebling Street between North 6th and 7th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Doubling as a yoga studio, this location—one of three in Brooklyn—offers several massage therapies, including sports, hot stone, deep tissue, Swedish, even pre- and post-natal along with customized sessions. There’s also a sauna on the grounds, while staff and services are said to be marvelous.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website

 3. Ohm Spa & Lounge
260 5th Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, 5th Floor

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This charming, boutique spa specializes in massages, facials and nail services, but makes this list due to the staff’s reputation for giving outstanding personal attention. Every massage is tailored to the client’s needs, and they offer a special head-to-toe service package, which includes any 60-minute massage, any 60-minute facial, a 50-minute pedicure and 30-minute manicure for $279. Other exquisite treatments include the hot stone massage, the deep Swedish massage and their signature Manuka honey facial. 

For more information, visit the venue’s official website

2. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

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With chic private suites, a jeweled sauna, a vitality pool, and remarkable Central Park views, this is one of the city’s premiere day spas and one of the most luxurious places to relax. Body treatments include personalized ocean and earth body wraps, along with ginger, mandarin and frankincense scrubs. The vitamin infusion facial is a must, and there’s an organic sunless tan to try. There are plenty of massages—like the aromatherapy and Thai yoga—and you can book one of their “journey” or “suite experience” packages: three hours plus of themed treatments that include scrubs, massages and tub soaks.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website

1. Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St, New York

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Offering luxurious massages, manicures and facials along with access to their highly touted water lounge, the treatments at the Great Jones Spa themselves are also widely regarded as among the city’s best. Try the rock river facial, complete with a cold and heated stone wash followed by a repairing mask. The aromatherapy massage utilizes scented oils that are heated, promoting optimum relaxation. There’s also the rosemary citron sea salt scrub: a vigorous complete body scrub using rosemary, lemon peel and safflower seed oil. Inside the 15,000-square-foot paradise you can even get a haircut while treating yourself to a coconut manicure.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website

For more great spa suggestions, visit Gothamist, New York Magazine’s website and Time Out New York

NYC Rooftop Summer Series: Yoga

Serene Social The James Hotel Roof

This summer, consider New York City your own personal hot yoga studio with an array of outdoor classes in picturesque locations. These are three of our favorite rooftops to down dog, flow and watch the rest of Manhattan rise with the sun.

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For the second summer, The James Hotel is partnering up with Serene Social to present Make Moves, their weekly yoga residency on the rooftop of the hotel. Every Thursday morning from 8-9 Brigitte Bourdeau from Laughing Lotus leads a vinyasa flow for busy city gals. Mats and water bottles are provided, just bring yourself and your intention.

The James Hotel, 27 Grand Street, 212.465.2000, $25

Brooklyn Grange Yoga
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Give your practice a nature boost with yoga at Brooklyn Grange. The spacious rooftop farm is hosting sunset classes every Monday beginning June 2 with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Height’s Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue at Clinton Avenue, 347.670.3660, $15 drop-in, $65 for fifteen sessions

McCarren Hotel and Pool Roof
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The chic Brooklyn hotel formerly known as King & Grove Williamsburg is hosting weekly yoga classes taught by Sync Studio instructors Tuesday-Saturday through September 1. Members of Sync Studios can enjoy free classes, normally $18 for non-guests or studio members. Bonus: you can enjoy a guilt-free treat from our Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves after class.

McCarren Hotel and Pool, 160 North 12th Street, 718.218.7500, Classes $18 (free for guests and Studio Sync members)