4 Places to escape the City, in the City

 

Us, to NYC: “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Translated: “It’s very definitely you, NYC.”
Sometimes, New York can be a bit obsessive—constant sirens and smells, strangers and even stranger subway rides. Sometimes, we just need our space.
But don’t break up with the City just yet. Here’s four places you can put all of the buzz and bustle at arms length, find your inner calm, and remember why you fell in love with NYC in the first place—because it always has a way of surprising you when you least expect it, and giving you moments you can’t find anywhere else.
1) Book your cushion online and take a moment to breathe at MNDFL – the West Village meditation center with natural light, a living plant wall, and a tea lounge. What better way to take a quick cleanse from the City? ($5 for drop-in self-guided practices, $10 for first-time class, Free tea)

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Photo credit: Vogue.com

 

2) This one’s on the DL – literally. Discover the Lowline – the World’s first underground park—a historic LES trolley terminal transformed into a lush subterranean oasis. Check their Facebook page for special events, too – like this evening of Yoga on the Lowline. (Free admission, open Saturdays and Sundays)

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Photo credit: Travel and Leisure

 

3) Spend a day away (really—a full day) at Premier 57—an unexpected escape in the midst of Midtown. With a $65 day pass, you can enjoy the spa’s hydrotherapy Bade pools, six unique sauna rooms, resting lounges, water lounges and bathes. Additional services are available upon booking. ($65 day’s access to facilities and no reservation required; spa treatments start at $75 and reservation required)

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Photo credit: Gothamist.com

 

4) Experience the allure of the ancient baths—right in the heart of Tribeca at Aire Ancient Baths. Soak in luxury, steam for a bit, or lie back and relax in the Flotarium. Lounge on the heated marble of their relaxation room. Take a rejuvenating plunge into the cold pool (if you dare!). Be serenaded by a classical guitarist and sufi flutist. And, add on an additional service upon booking if you wish—from yoga classes to massage treatments to specialty soaks. (Starting at $77 weekday, $87 weekend)

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Photo credit: Well and Good
Here’s to a relaxing weekend, friends!
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