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Summer Streets 2014 happening again on Saturday August 2nd, 9th, 16th, with new art exhibit in Park Avenue Tunnel

summer streets 2014 mapOne of the greatest New York City events is happening again, Summer Streets 2014. Basically from 7am-1pm on Saturday August 2nd, 9th, 16th, the city shuts down 6.9 miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, so you can walk, run, bike or play without any cars. Every year it makes us wish we had a giant pedestrian and bike avenue for car-free transportation. It’s awesome to be able to ride up to Central Park without fear of getting hit by a car or breathing in car exhaust. For the most part it runs of Park Avenue, and passes right by the Madison Square Park area on Park Avenue South.

They will also have an interactive art exhibit in the Park Avenue Tunnel again. This one is called Dive by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen and will be an “immersive sound installation within the Park Avenue Tunnel using sounds recorded from shallow to deep underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, and most recently around the equator in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Ms. Winderen records sounds made by crustaceans, fish and mammals using sensitive hydrophones.”

We have one of the big official stops (the Midtown Rest Stop) right at 25th and Park where you can do the following:

  • Enjoy Whole Foods Market City Picnic, with free samples from Whole Foods, Applegate Farms, Daiya, Honest Tea, Steve’s Ice Cream, Organic Valley, Nature’s Path, Gardein, Chia Co., Sweet Leaf Tea and Morningstar Farms.
  • Rent a free bike courtesy of Bike and Roll
  • Rent rollerblades for free courtesy of Rollerblade
  • Bike helmet fittings from DOT Safety Education


SoulCycle to open on 27th Street near 5th Avenue in Nomad

Construction is underway for a new SoulCycle location at 12 West 27th Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway in Nomad. The insanely popular spinning studio already has locations in Union Square (12 East 18th Street) and the Flatiron (8 West 19th Street), but classes fill up quickly and clearly they have even more demand in the area. Word is they will open this new location this fall.

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New yoga studio Yoga Shanti opens near Madison Square Park

yogashantimapThere is a new yoga studio in the neighborhood, with Yoga Shanti (46 West 24th St, Ground Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenue) opening in an elaborate space opened by teacher Colleen Saidman Yee, founder of the Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor and her husband Rodney Yee.

They have classes all day, ranging from prenatal yoga to meditation to several levels of yoga. Classes range from $10-$25 and they also offer memberships for $100-$180/month. There is currently a 3 classes/$30 pass for new students.

For more info see

You are Invited! Try the AlterG Experience & enjoy refreshments on Thursday

Stop by the free open house at Finish Line Physical Therapy to check out the AlterG state-of-the-art treadmill!

  • Thursday, January 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304 at 6th Ave) (map)
  • Defy gravity and experience the feel of “running on clouds” at this exclusive open house event
  • Go for a test run on our NASA-designed AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills, tour the clinic, enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes in our raffle drawing
  • Link for more info & to RSVP:



SoulCycle opens a second Flatiron location in NYC

soulcycle flatironToday the popular spinning studio SoulCycle opened a second location in the Flatiron at 8 West 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue).

They already have a location at 12 East 18th Street, and the new one will be just a block up but does not replace the current one.

The new one is a 63-bike studio, with showers, a Soul listening bar and a shopping boutique. You can see the class schedule at

Classes are insanely popular, but don’t come cheap. Your first class is $20, but then future classes are $34. They also have bulk packages you can buy to save a bit.

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