Plan Your Trip
This site provides routes options and takes into account interruptions of public transportation services.
The NYC system is remarkably well connected. One subway or local bus ride costs $2.25; tickets can be purchased on the bus or in automatic machines in subway stations. Seven- and 30-day passes are available and more economical.
NYC subway map
NYC bus maps by borough: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx
Our favorite of the indie car companies usually has better rates on sedans, SUVs, or hybrids any time of day or night.
Kid Car NY
Many car services and taxis are not child-friendly. Kid Car has car seats, room for strollers, and does airport pickups.
Urgent Care Manhattan
199 Amsterdam Ave at 69th St., +1-212-721-4200
Board-certified emergency physicians with decades of experience at leading hospitals treat adults and children; no appointment necessary. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Animal Medical Center
510 E. 62nd St.; +1-212-838-8100
Open for 24-hour emergency care.
BEAUTY / SPA
Various locations (six in Manhattan)
Walk-ins welcome for quick, efficient straightening, curling, or blow drying (no cuts, no color).
50 Bond St.; +1-212-677-7315
Elegant haircuts and color from top-notch stylists who snip under 50's-era Venini chandeliers. Chic beauty boutique (acupuncture, facials, makeup application) downstairs.
45 Grove St.; +1-212-242-8880
Funky West Village townhouse filled with Victorian furniture, good music, and edgy, upbeat stylists who deliver of-the-moment cut-and-color combos.
8 Rivington St.; +1-212-673-3209
5 Horatio St.; +1-212-929-3917
Linger with the paper or trade beard trimming tips at this nostalgia-tinged barber shop and haberdashery. The West Village outpost is a handsome '20s-era hangout with straight-razor shaves, men's haircuts, and no appointments necessary.
465 W. 23rd St.; +1-212-741-2254
Lovable hole-in-the-wall where you can get straightforward scissor cuts and trims from serious old-school barbers.
Blades Natural Beauty
Jessa Blades, a natural beauty expert and herbalist, will make you look and feel your best for editorial shoots, TV spots, wedding events, you name it.
130 Thompson St.
A laid-back Soho makeup salon where professionals wield mascara brushes and a menu of looks (The Bold Choice, You But Better) that will have you sitting pretty in thirty minutes or less.
Russian & Turkish Baths
268 E. 10th St.;+1-212-674-9250
Bare-bones and bustling, this old-school shvitz run by two curmudgeonly brothers has hot saunas, steam rooms, ice cold plunge pools, and turbaned floggers ready to beat the heat out of you.
Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St.; +1-212-505-3185
Ladies love this underground pampering lair for the Vichy showers, luxe treatments, and spacious co-ed wet spa.
Space NK Apothecary
217 Columbus Ave.; +1-212-362-2840
99 Greene St.; +1-212-941-4200
The U.K. import is stocked with a well-edited selection of cosmetics, beauty supplies, and wellness products. Makeup application and excellent Eve Lom facials offered on site.
Robin Evans Skincare
611 Broadway, #508; +1-212-677-6114
The Soho-based esthetician plucked her way to the top of the brow-styling charts. She also does great clinical facials in a very spare, white studio.
465 Lexington Ave.; +1-212-983-0033
Dermalogica facials, barber services, and hot towel massages until 3 a.m. on weeknights (midnight on weekends).
Manicure, Waxing, Sunless Tanning
You can walk-in to any corner nail salon and get a decent, inexpensive paint job. But we have a few favorites.
198 Elizabeth St.; +1-212-274-8985
Laid-back nail salon and boutique offers over-the-top Japanese nail art manicures, pedicures, and top-notch waxing.
112 Reade St.; +1-212-406-1010
You have to reserve a seat at this stylish social club and nail salon opened by two fashion insiders. There are iPads at every station, hard-to-find polishes, and not an ounce of chintzy decor in sight (Bertoia chairs, Belgian tables).
Sundara Airbrush Tanning
425 W. 46th St.; +1-212-977-9575
The non-streaky faux glows are custom blended, manually sprayed, and last about a week. Consult with a "sprayologist" for the right shade of believable bronze.
195 Spring St.; +1-212-612-5814
All-natural custom tanning formula made with aloe is colorless, practically odorless, and won't rub off on clothing or sheets. They also make house calls.
At-Home Beauty Services
Hair Room Service
Women, men, children; hair, makeup, nails, brows, styling. Experienced stylists with a celeb clientele come to you, seven days a week, for reasonable rates.
You can get good deal on a one-week pass at various studios around the city. We love the Clodagh-designed SoHo loft space, a a breath of fresh air in an otherwise very crowded neighborhood.
Core fusion aerobic classes, yoga sessions, and body treatments.
24 W. 57th St., ste. 805; +1-212-399-0570
161 Sixth Ave.; +1-212-463-0570
A ballet-barre workout with a cult following.
Rock-n-roll spinning classes in a state-of-the-art studio.
841 Broadway, no. 2; +1-212-353-0214
International yoga school in prime digs offers a ton of classes, including beginning basics, kirtan mediation, kids yoga, and Jivamukti en Espanol.
Backbone and Wingspan
115 W. 30th St. Ste. 1209; +1-212-647-8878
Customized one-on-one Pilates and physical training (pre and post natal, too) from the top of a twelve-story building overlooking Chelsea.
Church Street Boxing
25 Park Pl.; +1-212-571-1333
Become a million dollar baby at this famous fighting gym.
Gyms with Day Passes
23rd St & the Hudson River; +1-212-336-6666
Bad weather? Crazy kids? Spend the day at the glass-enclosed behemoth, which has tracks, basketball and volleyball courts, an ice skating rink, full gym, pool, sauna, cafe, and driving range.
1605 Broadway; 1-212-977-4000
Guest pass: $25.
Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St.; +1-212-245-5000
Guest pass: $50.
A good agency staffed by out of work actresses and creative types.
Reliable nationwide site (known for having safety as top priority).
119 W. 23rd St., bt Sixth & Seventh Aves.
Round-the-clock online support; hardware and software troubleshooting, data recovery, and safety from the black screen of death.
Entertainment and Tickets
Broadway and Off-Broadway: TKTS has discount booths in TImes Square, South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn.
For everything else, you're stuck with Ticketmaster
There's one in every neighborhood and cheap options aplenty at the corner deli, but if you want to thank your host for having you for dinner in a special way, we're particularly fond of Opalia in Brooklyn, Chestnuts in the Tulieries (for same-day delivery, place your order before 1 p.m.), and Elizabeth Ryan Floral Design.
Clothes: Cleaning and Repair
There are dry cleaners and cobblers on every corner. Some have same-day service. Just ask ahead.
Express Tailor Shop
92 Rivington St.; +1-212-674-7341
Quick, efficient, and reliably affordable for all types of alterations, especially men's suiting.
Aphrodite French Cleaners
30 University Pl.; +1-212-475-4869
They've got a great Sicilian seamstress on hand to mend, alter, and hem.