New York City services

When a man is tired of New York he is tired of work. And thought. And cheesecake.
- David Frost

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GETTING AROUND

Plan Your Trip
Hopstop
This site provides routes options and takes into account interruptions of public transportation services.

Public Transportation
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

Car Services
New Day
+1-800-228-3265
Our favorite of the indie car companies usually has better rates on sedans, SUVs, or hybrids any time of day or night.

Carmel
For a city that doesn't drive, driver's ed is easy: Carmel's number is +1-212-666-6666; Dial 7 is +1-212-777-7777. They're basically the same, but Carmel can arrange car services worldwide.

Child-Friendly Cars
Kid Car NY
+1-212-862-7233
Many car services and taxis are not child-friendly. Kid Car has car seats, room for strollers, and does airport pickups.


MEDICAL

Walk-In Clinic
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.

24-Hour Drugstore
Duane Reade
The ubiquitous NYC pharmacy has many 24-hour options. Check the directory.

CVS
If you can't find a Duare Reade, you'll find a CVS.

Veterinarian
Animal Medical Center
510 E. 62nd St.; +1-212-838-8100
Open for 24-hour emergency care.


BEAUTY / SPA

Salons
Blow
843 Lexington Ave. 2nd Fl.; +1-212-452-0246
342 W. 14th St.; +1-212-989-6282
Walk-ins welcome for quick, efficient straightening, curling, or blow drying. Blow-to-Go hair stylists, makeup artists, and manicurists will also come to you.

Hair Party 24 Hours
76 Madison Ave.; +1-212-213-0057
Seoul import does basic manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyelash extensions, haircuts, and facials anytime, day or night.

Eva Scrivo
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.

Whittemore House
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.

Barbershops
FSC Barber
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.

Chelsea Barbers
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.

Spas
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.

Homme Spa
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.

Valley
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.

TenOverTen
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).

Dashing Diva
Various locations
The little chain always has manicurists available, and the services are consistently good. Sakura http://nailspasakura.com/ and Rescue Beauty Lounge http://www.rescuebeauty.com have a more indie vibe.

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.

Brownberry
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
+1-866-222-7566
Women, men, children; hair, makeup, nails, brows, styling. Experienced stylists with a celeb clientele come to you, seven days a week, for reasonable rates.


Fitness

Specialty Classes
YogaWorks
Various locations
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.

Exhale Spa
Various locations
Core fusion aerobic classes, yoga sessions, and body treatments.

Physique57
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.

SoulCyle
various locations
Rock-n-roll spinning classes in a state-of-the-art studio.

Jivamukti Yoga
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
Chelsea Piers
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.

YMCA Chinatown (273 Bowery; +1-212-912-2460) and 92 St. Y (1395 Lexington Ave.; +1-212-415-5500) are cheap and cheerful and will only cost you $15 per guest pass.

Indoor Pools
Crowne Plaza
1605 Broadway; 1-212-977-4000
Guest pass: $25.

Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St.; +1-212-245-5000
Guest pass: $50.


ASSISTANCE

Babysitting
Pinch Sitters
+1-973-543-1120
A good agency staffed by out of work actresses and creative types.

Sitter City
Reliable nationwide site (known for having safety as top priority).

Tech Support
Tekserv
119 W. 23rd St., bt Sixth & Seventh Aves.
1-212-929-3645; 1-212-463-9280

Geek Squad
Various locations.
1-800-433-5778
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

Florist
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.

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