In a cute four story building, this (Carroll Garden?) gym truly embraces the workoutespecially walking up the slanty stairs to the top floor locker rooms. The first floor offers an array of cardio machines with three TV for your distraction. The second floor is the upper-body-weight-room full of weight machines and free weights. The spinning room is also there for the days when its too hot or too cold or you just need your bike seat kicked. Upstairs holds the spacious gym for aerobics, sporting a moving climbing wall and classes for every workout personality. The leg machines and weights are also up there. In the newly re-carpeted basement one can find the torso collection of exercise machines as well as stretching guides and machines. A well-equipped gym for all types, BE is not pretentious or crowded and the price is competitive. Catch them during a seasonal Sale.
PROS: Not Crowded
CONS: No Pool
See suffering and stamina, endurance and strength, comedy and tragedy, the human condition at Second Stage Theatre. This small off broadway theatre hosts numerous "don't miss plays" on thier way to broadway greats! Cosy and well designed the audience is part of the production, active watchers and family. With a cafe/snack bar this a great place for a nice afternoon or evening show, an inexpensive way to culture.
PROS: great play, cost
Brooklyn Collective is an eclectic mix of usefull art and decorative art. Photography, jewelry, clothing, magazines, fill the small space. Photographers Alexandra Batsford and Samuel Peltz take the world as we know it and twist our perspective in vivid colors and human scenes. Paintings in many styles and modern art to wear. Come to view and to shop and once a month party with the artists with a bar-b-q and free drinks till 7:00 next door.
Numerous varities of fresh fish, sushi, tempura and seasioning. Ocean Fish Market has all your edible fish needs. And the staff is knowledgable about how to cook each kind, what would go well with it and how to plan a meal. The store is clean, and doesn't even smell too much!
PROS: Great Fish
Life makes us sedate. Rolling on small sepcially designed balls at Yamuna studio is the cure for painfully stationary lives. Yamuna created Body Rolling and Body Logic as a way to release tight muscles, increase flexibility and bring space back to our ever pounded joints. It is a great accent to any athletic routine, easy enough for "non-athletic" people, and effective for everyone able and disabled alike! (yamuna has worked with degenerative disk disease sufferes, sciliosis victims, and numerous other ailments.)
The Studio is a beautifully redesigned garage which creates a light and open feeling. It smells of Yamuna's theraputic bath salts and is charmed with good mellow music. It is a place where taking charge of one's being as well as body is well served.
They offer group as well as private sessions.
PROS: Body Rolling, Body Logic, Theraputic Bath Salts
Sunset Nail is a rather large salon with 8-9 manicure stations and 4-5 pedicure chairs. They also do waxing. The music is usually hip-hop, the conversation Chinese, Spanish and English. The manicurists are well trained so that getting acrilics is not painful. They offer every nail service once could want, and an ever growing array of nail art designs and colors. Their prices are competitive and lines are short (mostly non-existant). Drop-ins only.
PROS: Quailty, price
CONS: No good group conversation
In these days of disposable everything, it's nice to know the pricey shoes you wrecked on the cobblestones are not a total loss. Franks is a hole in the wall sort of place in Sunset park, where you are greeted by stack of dusty used shoes for sale ($2) and nice older man (Frank). Though seemingly unorganized, you quickly realize frank has been doing this forever. Amazingly inexpensive, and quick, Frank will have you back in your heels or Doc's in no time flat!
PROS: Price, Timely
At the Park Slope Food Co-op everyone does their share, working two hours a month, and paying a refundable deposit. A community of somewhat like minded individuals allows them to provide healthy good food at affordable prices (very little mark up) straight from the farmers. This is a place you can shop in good conscience, knowing you're eating and feeding your loved ones healthily as well as affecting positive reltionships with the environment and larger community. They have fabulous local farm fresh fruits and veggies, socially and environmentally agreeable meats, a huge variety of bulk goods, inexpensive vitimins, homeopathis remedies, and dry goods. And the staff is as nice as you want to be! The Co-op also offers cooking classes, community orginization opportunities and a variety of educational seminars.
PROS: Selection, price, social/enviromental counsciousness
CONS: Can be crowded
This is place for all your art framing needs. A block north of Union St. on 5th ave., Brooklyn Frameworks beautifully custom mounts and frames your photos, painintings or posters. They also build shadow boxes, and any other framing needs. And for those of us with weak walls or bad packing techniques, they sell custom cut glass for existing frames, coffee tables, etc. Artfully, timely, and with great care, Brooklyn Frame works is the place for all your framing needs at a reasonable price.
PROS: Custom, Price,
Every neighborhood needs a good bookstore, and this is Park Slope's jewel. Though small, the Community Bookstore offers every genre for your reading pleasure and a helpful staff of knowledgable well-read employees. The stacks are narrow and tall so passing can be difficult, though shoppers are courtious. The best part of the Community bookstore, asside from the selection, is the price of their books. Selling used and new books, one can pick up a long russian classic for under $5 or a brand new hardcover for around $15. This is a must go for all readers!
PROS: Price and Selection