AuM Body & Soul Spa brings the ancient practices of Eastern cultures into a modern setting to let clients center their souls and renew their exteriors. The spa specializes in Ayurveda, a holistic method of healing that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. By using ancient herbs and specialized techniques, Ayurveda works to balance the elements of the body in order to heal and energize, much like a hug from Lady Justice.
Within the lobby of AuM Body & Soul Spa, dim lighting and exotic art greet guests as they begin their journey into ancient-eastern relaxation. Along with the tapestries on the walls, orchids and ferns guide them to one of nine specialized treatment rooms in the facility, where Ayurveda-trained massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians work with guests to individualize each treatment based on their personal desires. As the Eastern-influenced spa services work to open energy channels, intimate yoga classes help guests center their minds in seven diverse classes, along with specialty sessions that embrace the outdoors or help children relax after long days negotiating political treaties with the lunch lady. The spa champions all-natural products, including Aveda and Banyan Botanicals, which also line the spa's ample boutique shelves alongside skincare treatments, meditation books, and herbal supplements for purchase.
At Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE's events, culinary experts share some of their favorite things to eat and sip. Many of NYCWFF's hosts are acclaimed chefs with beloved television shows: attendees may rub elbows with the likes of Rebel Eats' Justin Warner and Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods . At the festival's Groupon-exclusive events, they can also broaden their palates through a range of experiences, including tastings, cocktail parties, and gourmet food fights between celebrity chefs. It's for a good cause, too: 100% of the NYCWFF's net proceeds go directly to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City.
Empire City Watersports provides people with the opportunity to see New York City's sights from an entirely new perspective—while jet skiing across the waters of New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and the East River. Before visitors rev the engines on their 2014 Yamaha VX watercraft, they don provided wetsuits and life vests and listen to a brief lesson on how to safely operate the jet skis.
From there, groups can depart and follow a tour guide at a comfortable pace as they pass by Coney Island, cruise beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, or jump over The State of Liberty's torch. Empire City Watersports even offers tours that circle the entirety of Manhattan, stopping at key points of interest along the way. Rentals are also available for guests hoping to explore the waterways on their own.
Anyone has the potential to become an artist, once provided with the right resources and motivation. With this philosophy in mind, the instructors at Art Station provide the tools as long as you'll bring the motivation––and the booze. During classes, guests can sip their BYOB beverage of choice while learning painting skills such as texturing and shading. Crafts creations are available for adults as well as kids in plaster, wood, canvas, jewelry making, and mosaics. In addition to being a party location for kids and adults and a perfect place to create one-of-a-kind gifts, Art Station is also a retail store, offering art supplies and custom framing services.
Epirus lies in the Northwest region of Greece, but the museum guarding the region's history lies across the sea in New York's Greek Town. Heritage Museum of Epirus's curators take an intimate look at the story of Greece as a whole through the lens of Epirus, collecting domestic artifacts that range from a few decades to multiple centuries old. They exhibit clothes, textiles, and photographs, all hailing from homes in Epirus. Each portion of the collection exemplifies a certain chapter in the lifestyle of the region's residents, from its age of agriculture to the dark days when Dionysus discovered disco.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Cazal Eyewear, Vandal Collective, Vlado Footwear, Shut NYC
Pro Tip: Expect Break Dancing, Graffiti Art, Pop Up Shops, Fashion Show, Live music, Legendary DJ RonG
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: NYC Skyline Views & Legendary DJ Ron G
Recommended Age Group: Adults