Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
The team at Bella Medspa comprises osteopathic physicians, nurses, laser technicians, and medical aestheticians, all of whom focus their skills on restoring youthful facets to faces. They use DiamondTome microdermabrasion technology to buff away dead skin cells and minimize age spots, and beauty injections to tame wrinkles and plump up features that have lost volume. Different injections, along with IPL treatments, help to reduce signs of aging, whereas flashes of laser light zap unwanted body hair on nearly any area of the anatomy.
Dr. Paul DiPasquale, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who invented the Revital Lift face-lift procedure, chisels faces, contours bodies, and enhances breasts with various surgical procedures. The Yale graduate is also a published medical researcher and lecturer, and he operates under the philosophy that it's important to match patients' outer appearances to the way they feel on the inside, whether that means lifting sagging skin to take years off a face or giving someone T-rex arms. The staff does this by listening carefully to each individual and by being completely honest about results and optimal treatment plans.
"There is nothing better than seeing the smile on my patients? faces when they come in for office surgery checkups," says Dr. Jan V. Karlin, medical supervisor at Nova Cosmetic Center. He and his team elicit these satisfied faces with a full menu of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as slimming and rejuvenating spa treatments. To stay abreast of developments in these fields, Dr. Karlin regularly attends conferences and surgeons-only book clubs, honing his expertise on topics such as laser technologies, anti-aging hormones, and less-invasive liposuction.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Boiling Crab and Seafood’s chefs craft a host of plates featuring favorites from the great blue yonder. Thirteen types of poboys populate a menu, which also catalogs crab legs served with rich Cajun garlic-butter, Maryland blue crabs, and butterfly shrimp baskets. They offer 55 food items in total, and their drink menu complements that slate with Corona, Michelob, and French coffee.