Winter Guide: City Services

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit.


Stay Flexible
Pure Yoga, 203 E. 86th St., 212-360-1888, pureyoga.com

Pure Yoga’s Figure 4 Class is designed to give you the most effective results and a more flexible body. It can be tough to brave the winter elements to stay in shape, which is why this high-intensity yoga class is great for maintaining flexibility and keeping you limber for all those high-powered snow sports. Figure 4 will also help you ease your way into swimsuit season come spring. Pure Yoga has Figure 4 classes this winter at its Upper East Side and Upper West Side locations.

Keep Your Wheels Winterized
Cybert Tire and Car Care, 726 11th Ave., 212-265-1177, cyberttire.com
Need winter tires or a tune-up for the blustery months? Or maybe you just need a phone number on hand in case your car winds up in a snowbank. Cybert Tire and Car Care in Hell’s Kitchen, which has been servicing New York City cars for nearly 100 years, comes highly recommended from its customers. You can even buy your winter tires and order other services online from the luxury of your heated apartment.

Rock a Winter-Themed Pedicure
Carol’s Daughter, 24 W. 125th St., 212-828-6757, carolsdaughter.com
Carol’s Daughter salon in Harlem offers a “haute chocolate” pedicure in the winter months, complete with cocoa and brown sugar skin products. This winter-themed pedicure is guaranteed to keep your skin smooth and healthy all season, with these products’ proven antioxidant properties. Added bonus: hot beverages are served chair-side at Carol’s Daughter.

Work Up a Sweat
Bikram Yoga LES, 172 Allen St., 212-353-8859, bikramyogales.com
Bikram Yoga Lower East Side’s hot yoga is guaranteed to make you sweat this winter. One Yelp reviewer commented Bikram Yoga LES’s 105 degree temperatures can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-timers, but the classes are ultimately enjoyable and great for healing all sorts of injuries. Alternate extreme snow sports with hot yoga this winter to whip your body into shape and keep injuries at bay.
Best Winter Coat Repair
Wilfred’s Tailoring, 277 Fifth Ave., 212-242-3030, wilfredstailor.com
Wilfred’s Tailoring in Flatiron will work miracles on your busted winter gear, from jackets to pants and everything in between. Wilfred’s tailoring and alteration skills have been featured in New York magazine, for their “best of” services, and even on various movie sets for their impeccable sewing and alteration skills.

Chill Out with a Mid-Winter Massage
Dyanna Body and Nail Salon Spa, 40 E. 21st St., 212-995-2355, dyannaspa.com
Dyanna Body and Nail Salon offers a cozy, comforting atmosphere and a full range of spa services. Hit up Dyanna’s for a revered massage this winter at a reasonable price and let the masseuses work their magic and rub away your winter worries. Customers say Dyanna’s massages are brief, but well worth it, especially for kicking those cold-weather blues.

Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Tune-ups
Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway, 800-961-3030, paragonsports.com
Stop in to Paragon Sports this winter for sports equipment tune-ups or new gear. Paragon Sports sells gear for every sport imaginable—from snowshoeing to table tennis—as well as clothing, footwear and accessories. According to customers, Paragon’s convenient Union Square location has a huge selection and a helpful, knowledgeable staff.

Donate to a Coat Drive
New York Cares, 65 Broadway, 19th Floor, 212-228-5000, newyorkcares.org
Get in touch with your charitable side this winter and donate a coat to New York Cares. The New York Cares organization accepts clean, gently worn winter coats for residents in need. Hurricane Sandy has left even more New Yorkers badly in need of donated winter items this season, so dig up your gear and help keep a fellow New Yorker warm.

Can’t-Miss Holiday Toy Shopping
FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Ave., 212-644-9400, fao.com
FAO Schwarz near Central Park may be daunting this time of year, particularly with all the holiday tourism, but where else can you go toy shopping for every kid on your list and see guards dressed as toy soldiers alongside other winter festivities? Nothing will get you in the winter spirit quite like FAO Schwarz, not to mention the store is guaranteed to have every toy and gadget a child can dream up and more.

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