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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.

soulcycle 27th Street


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.

Citi Bike begins today, with a station just west of Madison Square Park

citibike flatironThe bikes have arrived at the new Citi Bike rack just west of Madison Square Park as part of the massive new NYC bike sharing program, and riders with memberships can begin using the bikes today. The program lets you grab a bike out of the rack and ride to your destination and then return it to another bike rack station. There will reportedly be 600 stations and 10,000 bikes in the system.

How does it work? You buy a pass for 1 day ($9.95), 7 days ($25), or a year ($95), and with that you can use any bike in the system, and return it to any docking station in the system (See plans at The 1 and 7 day members get 30 minutes to use a bike per trip, and the annual members get 45 minutes per trip at no additional charge. So from what we understand, you can take as many trips as you want, but they each must be under 30 or 45 minutes depending on your membership. Buy your memberships at

You can even use an app that shows real-time bike availability at different stations.

Most of the initial response to the idea has been positive, but there have been some issues with the location of some of the stations taking up valuable parking. Your thoughts?

Here is a map which shows where the stations are near Madison Square park and the Flatiron, and how many bikes that each hold (see the full map here):

citi bike map 2013

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