Originally called the Austin, this vintage 1930s theater has seen several ups and downs in its history, from years as a second-run double-feature house to a red-tinted stint that got it shut down by the city. In its current incarnation, the Kew Gardens Cinemas flaunts restored art-deco flair alongside modern projectors and molar-rocking surround sound. Stadium seating and a fully stocked concession stand further complement current flicks by granting every set of eyes a great view and every set of dental braces something to hold during scary scenes. Swing by the theater with a friend to snack on your own small popcorns (a $5 value each) and sip sodas (a $3.50 value each) while enjoying a vintage movie-viewing experience that beats watching Betamax tapes on your Great Uncle Vinnie's 1978 Zenith.
Equipment: TRX Suspension Trainer, Lebert Equalizers, Kettlebell, Dumbbells, Conditioning Ropes
Students should bring: Exercise Mat
Average class length: 50-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Wear appropriate exercise attire including sneakers
The founder of Invest In Your Body (IYB) describes the program as a place for transformation. Your fitness level and experience don't matter, our only requirement is the desire to improve; rather, the trainers welcome anyone ready to make a commitment and encourage others in the community. They provide members with all of the exercises on any given day, using everything from TRX suspension harnesses and kettlebells to good old-fashioned crunches, which were once the only way to break out of a corset. Mostly, though, they provide motivation, whether in the form of upbeat music or modifications and encouragement.
Dr. Shai Shinhar and his aesthetician wife, Rachel Shinhar, beautify exteriors with advanced cosmetic procedures and clarifying skin treatments. Warm wax coats areas below the black belt before a technician pulls hair from the root in swift swipes. Smooth skin remains for days, though hair often grows back denser and with more fear-induced respect. The med spa requests at least two weeks of hair growth for hair removal and recommends that the client refrain from tanning for at least two days and discontinue the use of prescription exfoliants prior to treatment.
Whether you're looking for a fresh hairstyle or a soothing massage, Giorgio's Hair Salon and Spa has got your beauty and pampering needs covered. Hair services include highlights and single-process color along with cuts and conditioning, perms, and keratin treatments. Professional skin therapists at the spa also cater facials to specific skincare needs, treating skin to either deep-cleansing facials with extractions or a light cleansing facial with a soothing facial massage. Nailcare, makeup, and waxing services are also available.
New York Times–featured AMG Medical Group tends to the medical needs of clients across all boroughs with a simple goal in mind: to make regular visits to the doctor affordable for everyone. Visitors meander into the facilities, which New York Times writer Ariel Kaminer calls “spotlessly clean,” before meeting with one of seven licensed physicians. The doctors perform complete physical exams and tests, administer care for various ailments, or tend to temperamental home thermometers.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.