Free Brunch and Yoga by the Waterfront in LIC!

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, Health/Spa, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

This weekend you can enjoy a free Sunday morning yoga class on the LIC waterfront. Stretch and relax in the sun from 9:15am-10:15am Sunday August 22 and afterward enjoy  healthy brunch at The View. Here is what the press release says about the event:

TF Cornerstone Partners with Long Island City’s The Yoga Room for Free Waterfront Yoga Classes with Front Row View of the Manhattan Skyline

TF Cornerstone is partnering with the popular yoga studio for their “Yoga in the Park” series. On Sunday, August 22nd yogis and aspiring-yogis alike will enjoy an energizing and strengthening free class from 9:15am to 10:15am at Pier 1 of Gantry State Park Plaza located at 474 48th Avenue, Long Island City. Followed the class, a fresh and nutritious brunch will be provided by TF Cornerstone in the private courtyard of their neighboring luxury building The View located on 4630 Center Boulevard . Free yoga mats will be supplied by TF Cornerstone to the first 100 in attendance.

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Best (and worst) Gyms in Astoria & Surrounding Areas

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Health/Spa, LIC | Tags: , |

imagesIt’s that time again. The holidays approach, you spend lots of money, you party like an animal, and before you know it, you’ve gained thirty pounds. Here is a list of fitness centers in Queens I compiled for you, some to which I belonged.

Matrix Astoria

Pros: Offers free parking, affordable monthly membership, exceptionally clean, towels, various classes, spacious lockers rooms, decent equipment (weights, cardio), friendly and helpful staff

Cons: Cleaning people are often floating around in the locker rooms- this can be an embarrassing encounter if they hang around while clients are showering, facility is located in a basement.


YMCA Long Island City

Pros: Large indoor pool & track, cardio, weights, affordable (about $50 monthly) no-commitment membership that offers financial aid depending on your income, cordial staff, classes, fitness training available with membership, resources center, discounts on classes like guitar and language learning, everyone is treated equally.

Cons: While in a safe area of Queens, there just isn’t much going on around 33rd St LIC and getting around the building is like a maze.


The Rock Astoria

Pros: Rock climbing, clean, televisions, extensive class schedule with exceptional instructors, cardio, weights, sauna, towels, open 24 hours, great location

Cons: Expensive monthly membership, can get crowded


Planet Fitness Astoria

Pros: Extremely inexpensive ($20+ monthly) cardio, weights, televisions, massage chairs, tanning, no ego, various locations

Cons: Purple interior, no towels, no classes


Evolution Long Island City

Pros: State of the art facilities, clean, affordable memberships (yearly or monthly), classes, cardio, towels

Cons: A considerable walk from the train station, but look on the bright side- this walk can be your warm-up


Fitness Point Long Island City

Pros: Cheap ($10 monthly)

Cons: Sort of like working out in your neighbor’s garage minus the towels, equipment is heavily used and worn

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Wind Down Part II- Cheap Massage in Astoria

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Health/Spa |

Chinese Gonfu Tui-Na (29-28 Ditmars Blvd 2nd fl 718-204-7580) isn’t a luxury spa by any means. You won’t be serenaded by the sounds of flowing waterfalls or chirping birds, but you will be provided with a plastic cup of hot tea and prompt, attentive service.There aren’t private rooms, but merely curtains to seperate the clients from each other. If you don’t mind a bare bones establishment with good quality at a cheap price, then this is the place for you. Take an evening after work or a sunday morning to enjoy a no-frills, inexpensive traditional chinese massage or hot stone therapy starting at $30 for 30 minutes or  $50 for 60 min. If it’s good enough for me- then it might not be for everyone. If your environmental standards are set just at the average mark, then you will appreciate what you get for your buck. Be sure to ask for their frequent customer card- the tenth massage is free!

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Wind Down Part I: Queens Meditation Class at Tannia Natural Nutrition

Posted on January 3, 2009. Filed under: Health/Spa, Ridgewood |

The holidays are over, time to relax and renew in Queens, Part I. 

 Tannia’s Natural Nutrition’s (1820 Grove St.  Ridgewood, NY 11385 718.381.0101)

Tannia’s is a health food store and clinic offering meditation classes, holistic healing and iridology  (recognizing colors and patterns in your iris to gain insight on your health). For this unique experience alone, it just might be worth the trip. There are also spa packages including sauna and plaster therapies, facials and hot stone therapy. Here is an over-view of classes being offered there.

Meditation & Makka Ho Exercises sessions are directed by John Vega, a saavy massage therapy student and manager of the spa.  Although only a few weeks old, the sessions he puts on are definitly worth attending for anyone interested in meditation and yoga.  John is a master at relaxation and instruction, giving personal attention where it’s needed, in a very peaceful and serene envirnoment that’s unique to the Ridgewood, QNS neighborhood.  The particular session I attended began with breathing exercises evolving into exercises that were mostly familiar to me, given the yoga classes I’ve attended in the past.  My favorite was the healing meditation session at the end.  Drawing from personal experience and healing, John transcends you into another world and if you allow yourself to go deep enough, the ride is literally sensational.  You leave feeling a renewed sense of self and with a desire to return the next week.  Sessions are Tuesdays at 7pm (please, people, don’t be late).  They are a very reasonable $10, and classes may be taught in Spanish, if needed.  Tannia’s Natural Nutrition can be reached by subway on the M (Seneca Ave) or the L (Myrtle-Wyckoff).

-Adam Naill

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Mahek Indian Spa/Salon Jackson Heights

Posted on August 25, 2008. Filed under: Health/Spa, Jackson Heights, Off the beaten path |

Mahek Salon (37-13 74th St 718-205-0391) may be small, but it’s certainly worth the trip to the heart of Jackson Heights. This salon, bedecked in lavender walls, sits among the hustle and bustle of Little India’s 74th Street. The family owned establishment that’s been around only a few weeks is named after the spa manager’s daughter, Mahek. I was won over by this tiny place because of the friendly service and inexpensive prices. Overall the experience was great receiving a facial- there was no rush or attempt to try to up-sell other products or services. Offering everything from haircuts and styles, to henna tattoos (by appointment), eyebrow threading and an assortment of facials. The prices begin at eyebrow threading for $5 and go up to $40+ for facials, hair coloring and henna. The cheapest facial at $20 is the refreshing clean-up- but if you don’t mind paying and extra $5, for a biotech herbal facial- your face will receive the royal treatment. Starting with a fresh cleaning, second- a fruity exfoliation,  then she will steam your skin to remove all impurities, massage your face and neck, and cover your skin in an herbal mask. This process takes about 45-60 min.- at which point you will be serenaded by music streaming through the walls from the Golden Music store next door- but if you don’t mind a little Indian Bhangra, it shouldn’t bother you! There are gift certificates and bridal henna (mehendi) also available.

C. Smith

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A Weekend in Flushing- Queens Museum, Spa Castle & the park

Posted on August 22, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Flushing/Corona, Health/Spa, Off the beaten path |

Just like the rest of Queens, Flushing is way under-rated. There is a lot going on in the summer months off the #7 train besides Mets games and the US Open (although those are always good times too) Here are a few ways to enjoy the new and more frequent 7 express line…

Passport Friday at the Queens Museum Aug 22 in Flushing Meadows 6:30-10pmFilm, Dance and Music from Mexico! Enjoy listening to Mariachi Oro de Moon a six man Mariachi band and watch Under the Same Moon- La Misma Luna a touching story about a Mexican boy who crosses the border in search of his mother who is working in the US as a maid.

Spa Castle– Make sure you have the entire day to enjoy this gigantic four story spa. Spa Castle is somewhat of an anomaly. It’s too noisy to have that “spa” feel but too relaxing to be a water park. It’s a little bit of both. Some of the many amenities include rooftop jet pool, jacuzzi, ice saunas, hot saunas, a snack bar, manicures, pedicures, massage, and facials. It’s $35 on the weekday and $45 for the weekend- extra for any of the services. Its pros are it’s open late & all year round and there is a free shuttle bus from Main St stop to take you to College Point- where the Spa is located- to make traveling there a little easier. The cons are- toddlers and teenagers are sometimes one too many and there is a TV around every corner. It’s better and quieter to go on a weekday during the school year.

Flushing Meadows Park (Flushing Meadows #7)- During the summer this a a great park to visit. There is no heavy traffic so you can walk, run or bike freely on the many trails within the park. Go on a Saturday to watch (or play) professional soccer leagues and eat South American food from near-by vendors. Visit Meadow Lake to feed the ducks or the Wild Life Center to see North American Animals wander about. Roller skate by the uni-sphere or head over to the New York Hall of Science.

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