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The reputations of ION Studio co-owners Marco Santini, Pasquale Ferrante, and Leonardo Manetti aren't exactly a secret. Hairdos that have appeared in Vogue, Glamour, and Elle are emblematic of decades spent establishing themselves as international visionaries. And their clientele is fiercely loyal—according to New York Magazine, "don't be surprised to spot a model getting an agency-sponsored makeover in the next chair." But that shouldn't intimidate anyone from stepping through the door. At ION Studio, the goal of these luminaries is to make upscale, runway-quality haircare available to the public. Lynden Volpe from Vanity Fair praised how the stylists were able to put guests at ease, even calling a simple introductory rinse "the most comfortable hair-washing I’ve ever experienced."

On top of this people-first philosophy is an environment-tied-for-first philosophy. Filling ION Studio's open, multi-tiered space is furniture custom-made from recycled materials and shelves brimming with eco-friendly products by companies such as Davines, Rahua, and Oribe. The building is even powered wind energy and heated by models' smoldering glances.

41 Wooster St
New York,
NY
US

On Luxury Hunters’ scavenger hunts, sleuths use smartphones—which participants must provide themselves—to nab photos and videos of luxury goods that they uncover throughout New York City. At each event's kick-off, adventurers gear up for competition by reviewing the sponsor’s upscale goods and visualizing the high-end dinner prizes up for grabs. Next, vagabonds rush out to numerous trendy restaurants, shops, and bars to hunt down luxury products. Prey includes items from high-end brands such as Alma Tequila, Perugina Chocolate, The Film Annex, and more, representing a wide range of interests and vowel combinations. At a complimentary concluding soiree, guests may receive prizes based on the quality of their photos, and all guests depart with swag.

10 East 21st Street
New York,
NY
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Today’s Groupon lets you step outside your shell, just like a naked turtle. For $75, you’ll get a one-year membership (a $198 value) and a $75 credit toward outdoor and urban excursions with Adventure Society. Featuring more than 67 different activities on nearly every weekend of the year, this game-changing organization is the first of its kind in New York. Navigating the perks that come with your membership is an adventure in and of itself.

48 W 21st St
New York,
NY
US

The organizers of Out-Fit Challenge, the first national LGBT mud run obstacle course, aim to spark new friendships between its runners by creating challenges that require not only personal perseverance, but the occasional helping hand. Obstacles such as barbed wire crawls or mud pits force racers to get dirty, and tandem climbing walls make runners rely on each other to progress.

After making it to the finish line, participants mingle with newfound friends or long-lost parents at the after-party. After showering, racers can don their finisher’s award with pride. Each participant can pick up their complementary beer from one of the bars, before mingling, dancing to live music, or chowing down on the food vendors’ grub.

P.O. Box 2418
New York,
NY
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Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.

59 Chelsea Piers
New York,
NY
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Seanna Sharpe's career has required her to hang suspended from scaffolding, forklifts, and bridges. At first glance, these credentials may sound like she's qualified to work construction or wash skyscraper windows, and as an aerialist, artist, director, dancer, and teacher, perhaps no task is too far removed from her wheelhouse.

At Katana Flight School, she and her staff teach guests of all ages and skill levels to perform acrobatic maneuvers using equipment such as aerial silks and the trapeze. Whether seeking exercise and fun or a serious career, attendees learn to spin, twirl, and twist as a means of artistic expression.

58 N 3rd St.
Brooklyn,
NY
US