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Sweat Lodge on the Shore of the Newtown Creek via Urban Spa Organics

Sweatlodge on the Newtown Creek

Peter T, our health and wellness reporter, will be participating in this exclusive Greenpoint natural spa event he found on craiglist, and taking place on the banks of the Newtown Creek. It’s such a gem I am reposting it in its entirety:

Urban Organics™-The Survival Spa

Enjoy a total immersion health and wellness spa experience on the banks of the humble and gritty Newtown Creek, a narrow waterway separating Brooklyn from Queens, in New York City. Steeped in history and a century of environmental abuse the creek is a symbol of opportunity and a place for urban, nature enrichment. Come with us as we harvest the bounty that the placid shores of the Newtown creek yields. Learn how to reuse, recycle, and repurpose many of the things found along the way into useful, effective solutions for everyday health and wellness needs. Continue reading

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Do It Detox Deals at Human@Ease : Greenpoint Gift Guide

The best gift you can give to a loved one or yourself is that good feeling of health, wellness AND pampering. Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave) has a lot of deals for Greenpointers readers.

The holidays can leave us all feeling exhausted and less than our best. These treatments promise to erase the effects of stress, shed toxins and get you right back into that holiday spirit. The hardest part will be choosing which one…

• Duet Detox (for 2) ONLY $99 (regularly $150) or Single Person ONLY $59 (regularly $85)
Burn up to 1000 calories in 30 minutes and remove unwanted toxins with ​a coconut oil body rub, aromatherapy, body wrap and 45 min infrared sauna. Continue reading

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Celebrate 3 Years in Mad Style at Human@Ease Friday (10/18)

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On Friday October 18th, 2013 from 8pm-midnight, HUMAN@EASE (31 Nassau Ave) proudly presents The MAD HATTER’S HOWLING MOON TEA PARTY!

MAD MEN & MAD WOMEN we cordially invite you to join us for a spectacular evening of costumed revelry, fitness feasting, healthy harvest eats, tonics, libations, live music & dancing under the Mad Full Moon! RSVP

OPEN HEALTH BAR: Enjoy Seasonal Bites, Fit Treats & Potluck Tastings served along with SPECIALTY COCKTAILS Mad Hatter’s Tea Toddy & Vampire’s Bloody Punch!

LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES throughout the evening featuring:

THE SHAMANIC LUNATICS & special guest artists

DJ BENGEY will be spinning thrilling, spine-tingling, monster party anthems in the Ohm Room.

• Step into the TIME WARP with a Dance Lesson provided by ZUMBA MANNY

TAROT READINGS in the Tea Parlor by GYPSY ROSE

MADDEST HAT CONTEST:
Express your most outlandish fashion muscle for a chance to win Guest and Sauna Passes. The wilder, the radder the better! Points for Style & Creativity!

TRICKED OUT TREATS POTLUCK CONTEST:
Trick our palates with your yummiest, Healthy Halloween inspired dishes ala Mummy Meatloaf, Monster Mashed Cauliflower Witches Stew or Devilish Eggs.

Bring us your healthiest most creative and most ghoulishly delicious dishes. Be sure to leave out the icky processed fake food stuffs (anything in a boxed or canned)

PRIZE: Winners receive 1 month B.E.S.T. Membership (value $129), Cash Prize & recipe will be featured in our Fit Low Down Newsletter.

ALSO Raffle Prizes and special surprises throughout the night!

It will be a night of Magic and Mischief that you won’t want to miss ;)

ADMISSION: $15 or 2 for $25 / $7 with Potluck Dish

Potluck Rules:
- Your dish should offer no less than 10 Servings as guests will be voting for their most favorite dish.
- Food should be ready to serve room temperature.
- Provide any necessary serving utensils. We will provide paper plates & eating utensils.
- Participants please email your recipes with ingredients including allergy warnings no later than 10/15.

Sponsored Post courtesy of Human@Ease.

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Awakening Day Spa: Gift Guide

Awakening NY (607 Manhattan Ave) is an urban sanctuary in the heart of Greenpoint. They are an eco-green 7,000 sq.ft. Wellness Center and Healthy Cafe here to help people find their way to a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Awakening Day Spa

5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas:

1. Aphrodite’s Aura Exfoliation & Moisturizing Glow (Organic Body Scrub & Steam Shower with essential oils and therapeutic lights) combined with a 60 Minute Signature Massage for $125 (value of $150)

2. Cleopatra or Odysseus’ Dream Bath (nourishing salts, massaging jets, and exotic oils) combined with a 60 minute Signature Massage for $99 (value of $120)

3. Five 60 Minute Signature Massages for $300 (Value of $400)

4. Purchase a 3 Month Sapphire Membership (includes unlimited classes) & receive a complimentary Dream Bath or Steam Shower each month (3 total) for $399 (value of $540)

5. Purchase a 1 Month Amethyst Membership (includes unlimited classes) combined with a 60 Minute Signature Massage for  $139 (value of $165)


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Human@Ease: Gift Guide (Greenpointers Discount!)

We all know that it’s typical to pack on an additional 5lbs through the holidays; not to mention loading our bodies with tons of processed foods. Remove the guilt and the toxins and treat yourself or gift one our Detox treatments this holiday and burn up to 600 calories in one session.

Mention ‘GREENPOINTERS’ and take 20% off the package below

Get the Funk Out – 30 min shiatsu massage followed by 45 min infrared sauna session
Shrink Me in a Hurry! – a body wrap with aromatherapy & 45-min infrared sauna session
Do It Detox – coconut oil body rub, body wrap w/aromatherapy &  45-min infrared sauna session
Human@Ease offers all types of fitness & wellness programs, classes and more. All of our  YOGA classes are by donation and a portion goes to charity.

Human@Ease
31 Nassau Ave Greenpoint Brooklyn (btwn Guernsey & Dobbin)
(718)388-2900

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Awakening NY: Bringing the New Wave to the Old School

Greenpointers was invited for a tour and to taste the healthy offerings at the cafe at Awakening NY, the new yoga complex on Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau.

The tour of the space, led by owner Mariola, was impressive. The two floor yoga studio was vast. The first floor with it’s cafe, massage room and large yoga studio is finished.

There we met her son Max, who quite cleverly stacked the yoga mats to make a perfectly relaxing reading perch for himself. Why can’t all young men be as polite and friendly as Max? Continue reading

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Nails Did: Black Pearl

Huevos RancherosAfter a delicious Cinco De Mayo brunch at Papacitos, with some stand-out huevos rancheros and a spicy Bloody Maria, I headed over to Ria Nailz, with my new friend who is visiting from Japan. Ria is renowned for her amazing nail art, which would cost up to $100 in Japan. Ria is a popular lady and she was booked solid, not surprising on a Saturday, but she was a total sweetheart about it.

Just got dissed at Ria Nailz - no time for GreenpointersJokingly I put this photo on the Tumblr and said, “dissed by Ria, she’s too busy for Greenpointers.” I was only kidding! Ria didn’t think it was very funny and wrote a perturbed response on her website that said: “I am no tumblr gangster nor do I want to start trouble in any way but greenpoint is MY home I’ve lived here since I was 2yrs old and for a greenpointer to say I dissed them and I have no time for greenpointers is (excuse my language) fucked up … If the person that posted this felt dissed then I apologize but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rude or a bitch about letting you know I was booked up.”
God I love Ria even more now! She has strong values and doesn’t take shit from anybody. A true Brooklyn badass. Why am I always running my mouth? Luckily, she gave me an appointment for this Saturday and I hope she can forgive me. I would hate to be banished from Ria’s forever!

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Newton Creek Shore

Life's a Beach

Here at Greenpointers, we have a very strict “always say yes” policy, or, to be more accurate, a strict “always volunteer Peter to say yes” policy.  Case in point: a few weeks ago, we got an email from Marzena, proprietor of Amber Tan Studio, asking us if we’d like to come in and check out her services.  Unsurprisingly, the direct result of this was that on Tuesday I found myself staring down a spray-nozzle loaded with a custom blend of “fully natural, 100% organic moisturizing” tanning formula.  For me, this was a very novel concept.

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Nails Did: Jennifer Day Spa

Jennifer Day Spa #brooklyn #nails #greenpointYou might just walk by Jennifer Day Spa on Nassau near Manhattan, but after Blue Angel Day Spa, which has an internet cafe, an espresso machine and a juice bar turned me do saying they were booked all weekend, I carried on and was happy to discover this hidden gem.
Sara from Jennifer Day Spa - #nails #greenpoint #brooklynIt isn’t your regular mani-pedi joint, they have a lot of other services, and rather than blaring lights and rows of nail technicians with those amazing painted claw posters, it was quiet and calming with a couch facing a mantle with a big TV overhead. Calming at first.
Sara greeted me, the sweetest older lady. She was trying to give me color choice advise, “Birght color, bright weather!” My indecision annoyed her, but her frustration was adorable. “Whatever color you want. This pink or that pink. Whatever color you want.”
Jennifer Day Spa #brooklyn #greenpoint #nailsShe began by giving me a really great pedicure with a strange interrogation light hanging above us. The experience would have been relaxing had the television not been playing episode of Animal Cops. After she saw me crying she got upset too and said “Animals give people happiness, the don’t ask anything.”
Have you tried a gel manicure? Sara was all over it, saying it lasts two weeks. But at $25 just for the manicure I passed.
The manicure she gave me was very nice. The whole package is on the higher priced end for the area, at $25 for a manicure and pedicure, but the place was lovely, quiet and very clean.
Who is Jennifer? I asked.
“That’s Jennifer” said pointing to little sleeping creepily breathing stuffed dog curled in the corner.
I will definitely be back.

Cleanliness: 5/5
Friendliness: 5/5
Quality of mani/ped: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Local Banter: 3/5
Variety of colors: 3/5
Bonus Massage: 2 bonus points – 0/2

No razor was offered.

23/32 points

Jennifer Day Spa
99 Nassau Ave

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Nails Did: Marvelous Nails

Ladies, the warm weather is here and soon you’ll be breaking out the strappy sandals and peep toe shoes. That means getting your mani/pedis did at your local nail salon.

Someone once told me they know I’m from Queens because I am aware of where ALL the nails salons are in the hood. There are almost as many nail salons in Greenpoint as there are liquor stores!

What is important to you? Secret razor society? Location? Price? Cleanliness? Color Variety? Friendliness?

 

Greenpointers is going on a Nail Salon Tour of Greenpoint and scoring each location based on the following guidelines:

Cleanliness: 0/5
Friendliness: 0/5
Quality of mani/ped: 0/5
Value: 0/5
Local Banter: 0/5
Variety of colors: 0/5
Bonus Massage: 2 bonus points

I started out at my usual spot: Marvelous Nails on Manhattan Ave. At $18, it’s a pretty great deal for a mani-pedi. The nail techs are really nice. And the local banter is priceless. Whether teenagers are getting ready for prom or Grandmas are price shopping for paper towels, I don’t need to read the gossip magazines to keep entertained.

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