Treat Yourself: Luxury Mani-Pedi & Massage Specials at Xia Spa

xia spa deals april 2015 Three reasons to get a spa manicure and pedicure today: 1) the weather is beautiful, 2) you can finally show off your hands and feet 2) It’s #TuesdayTreat day! Go on and treat yourself.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.

April 2015 Complimentary Health Club Class: Therapeutic Yoga

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This month at the Health Club, non-members (including the public) are invited to try Therapeutic Yoga for free, Fridays at 10:30AM. Especially effective for those recovering from injury or illness, Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported poses), guided meditation and massage.

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

3 Things To Do In Gramercy Park This Weekend, April 10-12

Mad Men

The cast of Mad Men at their glamorous best. Source: boston.com

It’s so hard to say goodbye but it’s easier with a cocktail. Bid farewell to the most stylish show on TV at Gramercy Park’s most glamorous historic club, The Players, with an exclusive Mad Men Cocktail Party to celebrate the show’s final season, featuring live 1960s-era music, classic burlesque, and best of all, a “classic cocktail menu made from unopened bottles of vintage 1960′s liquor used as props on the set of Mad Men.” Can you think of a better way to channel Don Draper than sipping a 50-year-old rye? Tickets are selling fast so buy soon. Fri, Apr 10; 7pm. $65 general admission/$105 VIP. The Players Club; 16 Gramercy Park South (btwn 19th-20th St).

Olga Pericet Flamenco

Olga Pericet performing her energetic choreography. Source: famayfortuna.com

There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Repertorio Español, but this neighborhood cultural institution harks back to the days of Mad Men itself. Established in Gramercy Park in 1968 to bring the most exciting Spanish and Hispanic American performance to New York City, the newest Repertorio production “Flamenco Untitled” by rising Spanish flamenco star Olga Pericet is a prime example. Lauded for her “fierce energy” and “hypnotic choreography,” Pericet is likely to electrify both flamenco veterans and novices alike. Buy tickets. Until Sun, Apr 26; times vary. Starting at $35. Repertorio Español, 138 E 27th St (btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave).

 MurderFist Comedy

The crew of MurderFist. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times. Source: nytimes.com

A total change of pace but one of the best in their game, TimeOut calls the comedy group Murderfist at The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater), “as punk as sketch comedy gets.” It’s hard for sketch comedy acts to stand out in Gramercy Park, the unofficial improv comedy capital of NYC, abounding with great comedy clubs like the The Pit, but Murderfist’s loud, raw, weird show has no problem distinguishing itself from the fold. Just leave the kids at home. $10 General/$1Student. Sat, Apr 11; 11pm. Peoples Improv Theater; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves).

Spring is Here: Community Center Events in April!

Waterside Plaza, April 2, 2015

Freshly planted pansies at Waterside Plaza, April 2, 2015

After several false starts, spring has FINALLY arrived in New York and the Plaza is starting to bloom! Come out and socialize with your neighbors with great events at the Community Center this month, featuring Kids Chess Club, Theatrical Hour, Fruit & Cheese Tasting. The Community Center is located on the A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.

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3 Things To Do in NYC This Weekend in Gramercy Park & Beyond

Affordable Art Fair 2015

Sylvia White Gallery. John White. Birds on a Wire #11, 2012. Acrylic on paper. 40 x 36in. $1500. Photo credit: affordableartfair.com

Art shows abound in New York at this time of year but few are within a price range most New Yorkers can afford. The Affordable Art Fair, March 25-29, is the art show for the rest of us; a perfect place to find relatively affordable artworks to upgrade your digs for Spring. The Fair features over 70 galleries offering paintings, photographs, and sculpture between $100-$10,000, with more than half of them priced under $5000. Bring the kids along as the Fair hosts a Children’s Workshop, as well as personal shopping sessions, art tours, and food and drink. If you go tonight, Friday, March 27, between 6-8PM, admission is FREE. Until Sun, Mar 29; $18 general admission online/$20 at the door. The Metropolitan Pavilion; 125 W 18th Street (btwn 6th-7th Aves)

Recent Cutbacks, The Pit

Recent Cutbacks perform their hit show at The Peoples Improv Theater. Photo credit: timeout.com

Even closer to home at one of our favorite neighborhood venues, The Peoples Improv Theater (The Pit), comedy group, Recent Cutbacks performs their back-by-popular-demand comedy show, Hold on to Your Butts, a live-action parody of Jurassic Park, tonight, March 27, at 9:30 PM. If you don’t get tickets to tonight’s show, you have two more chances in April but book now as last year’s show sold out fast! Until Apr 4; $18. The Pit; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves)

The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers

The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers. Photo credit: nybg.org

If Spring won’t come to us, go to Spring at the ever-popular Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is “Chandeliers” so be sure to look up when you’re there to view a stunning aerial display of hanging orchid baskets and living columns in dozens of gorgeous designs. As always, the show features a full calendar of events, including couple favorite, the romantic Orchid Evenings. Until Apr 19; $20 & up. New York Botanical Gardens; Bronx River Pathway

Waterside Kids' Easter Pool Party

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One of our most popular kids’ events at Waterside Plaza, the Easter Pool Party is next Sunday, March 29, 11AM-1PM. All Waterside kids are invited to participate for FREE, but this party fills up fast so advanced registration is suggested! Participants should wear swimsuits, goggles, swim cap, and bring a towel, and change of clothes. Parent or guardian required.

Unwind into Spring: Free Stretch & Roll Class at the Health Club

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If you feel stiff and tight after a long winter of hunching against the snow and wind, the Health Club’s Stretch & Roll Class, Thursdays at 12:30PM, is the perfect way to unwind into Spring. The class guides you through a full-body sequence of foam rolling exercises and stretches to promote muscle healing as well as flexibility. Foam rolling is the secret weapon of many recovery exercise programs–a terrific way to release tension in the body. Non-members are invited to try the class for free this month. Members are welcome at any time.

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

See Worlds Within Worlds at the "Gazing Globes" Exhibition at Madison Square Park

The artist Paula Hayes's 18 "Gazing Globes" will be on view in Madison Square Park from Feb. 19 through April 19.Credit Yasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

The artist Paula Hayes’s 18 “Gazing Globes.” Photography byYasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. Credit: T Magazine, New York Times

If the Momofuku Milk Bar Pop-Up Shop hasn’t driven you to Madison Square Park yet, Gazing Globes, Paula Hayes’ magical, mystical winter sculpture garden really should. Mad. Sq. Art hosts a ton of public art exhibitions we love, but Gazing Globes, on view February 19 – April 19, is really working for us right now. Maybe it’s the hushed snowy weather, or the fact that we’re partial to tucked-away oases at Waterside, but we love how it lets you contemplate worlds within worlds in this busy city of ours. Plus, the snowglobe-feeling exhibition is just right for winter (and very ‘gram worthy)! If you’re at Waterside, stroll up to the park at night when the globes are lit and are especially wondrous.

Paula Haye's Gazing Globes at Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes’ Gazing Globes at Madison Square Park, March 5, 2015. Credit: Madison Square Park, Facebook

In the past few years, terrariums have really taken off, especially among us plant-space deprived apartment dwellers, but artist Paula Hayes has been working with them since the 1990s. Gazing Globes is a departure for the artist, who has replaced her usual live plants with landscapes made from the detritus of modern life, “radio parts, acrylic wands and other non-compostable parts, sprinkled in fairy dust made of pulverized CDs.” Hayes is inspired by the long history of the terrarium, which as she says to the New York Times, “is about reflection and divination…looking into something to ascertain the future and figure the past.” It’s a perfect fit for historic Madison Square Park, a tranquil enclave surrounded by busy buildings in a fast-moving city…and it’s definitely worth slowing down for.

Gazing Globes at Madison Square Garden

A closeup of a wintery globe. Photography by Yasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. Credit: T Magazine, New York Times

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Cure For a Long Winter: March Mani-Pedi Specials at Xia Spa

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You never need an excuse for some pampering but this perpetual winter is definitely a good one! Luxuriate with Xia Spa’s excellent mani/pedi deals this month and think of Spring.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.