When an outbreak of bedbugs overtook New York in 2010, residents, business owners, and members of the media alike turned to Steve Free for help. The expert exterminator had been combating pests for more than 20 years, captaining a team of highly trained technicians at The Bug Stops Here, Inc. Techs went to work immediately and still journey to more than 2,000 local homes, gardens, and workplaces each month to banish unwanted insects and rodents with their comprehensive Integrated Pest Management system. The system combines current information on the lifestyles, habits, and deep-seated insecurities of pests with the sensible use of professional control products, ensuring the most effective results with the least damage to the surrounding environment.
Although The Goddess Spa resides inside Grand Central Hair Salon, its staff moves beyond coifs to address a whole different spectrum of cosmetic concerns. The aestheticians help rejuvenate skin using everything from ultrasound therapy to specialized anti-aging serums. These treatments aim to conceal imperfections typically caused by acne scars, dead skin cells, and chain-mail pillowcases. Peels gently resurface the topmost epidermal layers without abrasive acids, and the body wraps' seaweed-based herbal gel leaves skin feeling soft and nourished.
Slides, climbing structures, and three inflatable jumpers and obstacle courses outfit Wood Kingdom's 5,000-square-foot indoor playground, while a separate snack area and private birthday room quarantine feasting children from frolicking ones. Elsewhere, knowledgeable staffers in the family-operated business' indoor and outdoor showrooms walk patrons through an extensive stock of home-playground equipment and outdoor furnishings, including trampolines with safety enclosures, basketball hoops, and gazebos. Wood Kingdom personnel subsequently delivers, installs, and maintains each piece of equipment, ensuring that sheds continue to reject move-in offers from portals to the underworld and swing sets are properly assembled.
The merrymakers at Mystique Gardens Hookah Lounge beckon guests inside the decadent, scarlet- and gold-toned drinking den to imbibe in exotic sips and flavored hookah puffs from the comfort of plush leather couches. Authentic fruit drinks ($4) sate dry palates in flavors such as mango, guava, or banana, and energy drinks ($5) fuel up lagging eyelids and commuter power packs. Curls of smoke drift from patrons’ lips in single shisha flavors ($15) including double apple, mint, or cinnamon, or exotic blends ($16) such as the Sahara Sunset’s mix of rose and vanilla. Patrons can share hookahs among friends ($5/person) and increase sensations with ice hoses ($3), which chill the smoke from spirited gourmet blends including the sour-apple martini ($25). On Thursday and Friday nights, belly dancers detract attention from the illuminated, trickling fountain by performing odysseys of movement and interpretive word problems.
Zorn's award-winning fried chicken comes in old-fashioned boxes, buckets, and gigantic baskets with homemade fixins and all-time-favorite sides. Pair a half-chicken dinner for one (rotisserie-style $8.49, fried $9.99) with two of sixteen sides such as creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes ($2.39 individual, $4.29 large). Or, high-five Freud with a bucket o' breasts: four plump, juicy pieces of skinless white meat Southern-fried to a deep-golden, crunchy glow ($12.99). For a competitive-eating party, pour 50 barbecued wings from a bucket onto the table and devour a path to glory ($29.95). Click here to see the full menu.