The High Line Life

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Though High Line Park is a tourist attraction, it was nice to walk it this weekend hand-in-hand with this guy, observing the buildings and space we live in.
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The High Line starts in the Meat Packing District and ends up near 34th street. It offers a view of the city that you do not get to see wandering around on the streets. This old rail way is rich with history, horticulture, and horizon views. There are modern geometric buildings lining the park on either side sprinkled with older rustic looking buildings. The park actually makes it way through the Standard Hotel.

On warm and clear days, the high line will be bustling with slow walking tourists and spritely photographers trying to capture every angle of the park. If you wanted to run the high line, I would suggest waking up around sunrise to avoid all crowds, otherwise it is next to impossible to even keep a brisk walking New York pace during the busy hours.

Below are a few pictures from up near 34th street.

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And if anyone can tell me why these are here or the purpose behind this “art”, I would be grateful for any understanding.

 

Happy trails in New York City!

xoxo,
dani

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Massages do the body good

Shun Fa Relaxing Center aka Body Works

As New Yorkers, the sheer fact alone that we achieve 10,000 steps a day easily, just walking around this lively and industrious city.  This means we need to take care of our bodies with a little pampering.

I heard about this place from a patient who said it was “uh-mazing”. I dragged my right hand man, Mark (aka significant other) with me. Located on 8th street at 6 ave.

The entrance looks like this…

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The experience break-down:
– Couples massage for $35/hour each.
– 15-20min foot massage (in sofas near the entrance)
– 40-45 min full body massage (in sectioned off spaces with curtains)
Note: They pulled a curtain back to make a big “room” for Mark and I to be together
– Hot rock massage during full body masssage

A few notes from the day after:
I had a bruise on my mid back where I had wanted the masseuse to really get in there, but I did not have any soreness. Mark had residual soreness in his back, but no where else.

Pros:
– Steady client base of well to-do peoples coming through the door and regulars form the neighborhood, always a good sign
– Walk-ins welcome
– They ensure an hour massage
– Relaxing atmosphere
– Couples massages available (we did this)
– Restroom is clean
– Hot Stone massage during body work is to die for
– Well WORTH THE $$
– Punch card with a free massage after 10

Cons:
– Drab green on the exterior of the shop can be daunting, initially, so do not expect a spa like atmosphere inside.
– Not exactly aesthetically pleasing interior
– Curtains separate private massage spaces

Cautions:
The only thing I would say is these massages are intense so this would not be a place for anyone with a herniated disc in their back or neck or a joint/body part with an acute injury.

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This was a fantastic cheap experience and one that is affordable to keep up with.  As with any type of whole body work, no matter they type of massage, remember to drink a TON of water to flush out toxins released from the massage.

Thank you for reading and I hope that you decide to have a “treat yo’self” day with this hidden find in NYC.

xoxo,
dani

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