Motorcycles line the outside of Got Rods LLC, waiting for the expert mechanics to address their engine needs. The technicians repair small motors in any kind of vehicle, from motorcycles to snow blowers. They also add upgrades to shiny steeds within the garage.
Customer service is front and center at this family owned Morningside Heights hardware store. Customers can’t get two feet inside the store before a staff member asks if they need any assistance. Perhaps is the hardware outfit’s diminutive size that brings people closer together, but locals would say that it’s simply the way University Hardware is run. Either way, the cheery vibe permeates every department, from basic plumbing and electrical hardware needs to cleaning supplies and boxes for storage or moving. The shelves are stacked mostly to the ceiling, so feel free to ask if you can’t find that special gizmo you need so badly. The store runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, with protracted hours on Saturday and Sunday and a locksmith operation that’s perfect for the next time you lose your keys.
Designated a city landmark in 2008, Webster Hall was named Nightclub of the Year in 2011 by Nightclub & Bar magazine and called the “jewel of the Village” by Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill. First opened in 1886, its iconic framework has hosted such major acts as Prince and Mick Jagger, and served as a speakeasy, a lecture hall, and a mentor to troubled teenage buildings. Today, live shows performed by stars such as Kanye West and Alicia Keys take place in the Grand Ballroom, which is equipped with state-of-the-art acoustics and cutting-edge audio-visual equipment. In addition, the venue hosts weekly dance-club nights, the official NYC Halloween Parade Afterparty, and an annual New Year’s Eve Ball.
Tres Jolie Day Spa welcomes guests with soothing ambiance and services heightened by products by Shira. Techs combat blemishes and wrinkles with facials, microdermabrasion, and glycolic peels that make epidermises glow like embarrassed fireflies. Once faces have been thoroughly purified, specialists perform makeup lessons and applications, as well as waxing and threading services. Tres Jolie's techs also swaddle clients with body wraps and tenderize tissues with an array of massage modalities, including hot stone, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and shiatsu.
When they’re not helping adults retain their youthful glow, staff members let little ones feel grown up with kids' spa parties. These scaled-down, relaxing get-togethers are enchanted by princess and fairy themes, pink limos, and four-tier chocolate fountains that refuse to trade pennies for wishes.
Assembling bright, aromatic stems and clusters of greenery, the floral artists of Cielo’s Floral Design create colorful, beautiful arrangements for a wide variety of occasions in baskets, pots, and vases. Celebrate romance with the Full of Love bouquet, a combination of pink roses, tulips, carnations, and waxflower, or send get-well wishes with the Sweet Moments basket. Cielo’s also stocks a variety of plants, gifts, and wedding flowers.
The therapists at Studio 88 begin their battle against stress before clients even get to the treatment room. A chandelier-lit reception area surrounded by cheery pink walls puts tension on the defensive as soon as clients walk in the door. Down the hallway, the fight continues, with massages powered by Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques that dissolve knots and muscular tightness. Elsewhere, skincare specialists brighten visages with facials, and makeup experts highlight clients' winning features with professionally applied products. The staff’s permanent-makeup treatments also help clients free up time during their morning routines for sleeping in or firing spitballs at the paperboy.