Shoots of green leaves punctuate the white walls in the dim, quiet room. The greenery works in concert with a grouping of healing crystals and a glowing trio of candles to fill the serene space with an earthy energy. This marriage of relaxation and nature is the basis upon which GoGreen Organic Spa was founded, evidenced in the staff’s eschewal of chemical-filled products for the eco-friendly, organic Éminence skincare line used in all of their treatments. GoGreen’s crew of aestheticians bustles about the spa lavishing natural services upon patrons’ weary bodies, soothing cheeks from the pinches of passing grandmas with a Peace Facial or incorporating organic champagne and apricot oil in a Divine Massage therapy treatment for two.
Dancing patrons regularly tap toes against the elegant environs of El Habanero Mexican Cocina, where chefs construct authentic Mexican dishes with a finesse that has earned a loyal following. Like Candy Land's reigning monarch, burritos, enchiladas, seafood, and steaks dress up in flavorful accessories, including jalapeño coleslaw, guajillo, and mole poblano. Behind a full bar, the chefs' cocktail-crafting brethren swirl fresh fruit juices with top-quality tequilas and vodkas to concoct margaritas, mojitos, and martinis.
A crimson booth spans the length of El Habanero Mexican Cocina's interior, cushioning diners amid exposed-brick walls and flat-screen TVs. Occasionally, a live DJ spins a spirited soundtrack to get diners dancing or crocheting atop sleek hardwood floor.
At Golden Angel Spa Center, multilingual staffers use advanced equipment and natural ingredients as they strive to create smoother, more youthful skin and loosen muscles with several massage modalities. Technicians harness intense pulsed light to diminish fine lines, broken capillaries, and other signs of aging during photo facials, and employ a sub-zero IPL system to swiftly eviscerate unwanted fuzz during laser hair-removal sessions or games of laser freeze tag. Amino-nutrients and ingredients from northern Europe are combined with Egyptian pressure-adjustment methods during body wraps that aim to refine skin texture and contour silhouettes, and massage pros aim to enhance functionality of the immune system and reduce stress using relaxing or therapeutic strokes.
From their salon just south of Central Park, the techs at Fifi International Nail Salon decorate nails with long-lasting shellac polish and the colorful designs of Minx brand nails. After a relaxing massage from the salon's licensed massage therapist, clients can solicit an aesthetician for hair removal techniques such as electrolysis or waxing. Fifi also offers house call spa services for special circumstances such as wedding parties or pets mourning the loss of a beloved bone.
Visitors to Spa Ja pass beneath a black-and-red façade inspired by the wood-scrap decorations of favelas, or shanty towns, in founder Giovanna Kupfer’s native Brazil. Within the minimalist tiled interior, therapists wield exclusively organic products and natural treatments that can bolster whole-body wellness without invasive procedures such as force-feeding skin cells broccoli.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.