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Chelsea

Establishment neighborhood
Ode à la Rose
120 W 28th St., Chelsea
Ode à la Rose founders Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet are Parisian. And to be Parisian means to know beauty—and in this case, flowers. When they moved to NYC, they were disappointed to see all the dehydrated, wilted, sad arrangements on offer. So disappointed, they decided to start their own floral delivery service: Ode à la Rose. Plusquellec and Brunet started small, working with a few florists who trained in the specific style of hand-tied bouquets that the French have mastered—and they've only grown since. At their NYC location (above the Chelsea Flower Market), the team creates incredible arrangements with accents straight from Plusquellec and Brunet's home country: gigantic, plump fuchsia roses delivered with French macarons; lilies, wildflowers, and lavender accented with eucalyptus and wrapped in raffia. No detail is too small—the packaging, the richness of the hue of the flower, you name it—and they’re experts in keeping the flowers hydrated during transit. The team delivers throughout the Northeast, as well as Chicago, where they have a sister location. We're just hoping a West Coast outpost isn’t far behind.
Yoga 216
511 W. 20th St., Chelsea
Beneath the High Line in Chelsea’s gallery district, this yoga studio does spectacular Ayurvedic facials. During the Kalyani treatment, rice poultices—prepared with herbs custom-blended for your skin and soaked in organic warm milk (a source of brightening lactic acid)—are applied to the face for a soothing, smoothing effect. The Deep Clean Facial, which is incredible for the breakout-prone, involves a heavenly marma massage (the aesthetician targets specific energy points on your face to release tension and wake up skin), healing masks, herbal exfoliation, and gentle extractions. Don’t miss the jar of healthy-ish cookies outside the treatment rooms—delicious with the studio’s dosha tea.
Christian Oth Studio
147 W. 25 St., Chelsea
Let’s start with a caveat: Christian Oth is tough to pin down. To guarantee availability, you’ll want to book a year in advance. Really. This popularity is warranted. Oth and his team are at the top of the wedding photography game. They leave no detail uncaptured, and the finished product is somehow editorial and glamorous. Oth is conscious of just how much effort goes into the small details, whether it’s the flowers or the candles of the hem of a bride’s dress, and he’s a master of capturing it all.
Naturopathica
127 W. 26th St., Chelsea
Barbara Close studied therapeutic herbal therapies and integrative medicine before founding Naturopathica—so it’s equal parts healing center and spa. There’s an apothecary-like boutique hung with giant glass tincture-dispensers in front where you can sample the brand’s gorgeous, botanical-spiked skincare, health-supporting teas (our fav: the Skin Tea to promote a vibrant complexion), herbal-infused honey, and, of course, said tinctures. There’s a tonic bar serving cold-pressed juices, kombucha (the grapefruit mint flavor—omg), and frothy herbal lattes. The spa itself is a huge, dimly lit, atmospheric sanctuary with a plush consultation space (the wallpaper is unforgettably cool), sound-bath alcove, and absolutely incredible massages, facials, and scalp treatments. The Blue Eucalyptus Energizing Massage incorporates deep tissue and acupressure techniques to counter adrenal fatigue, the Bio-Energy Lift helps revitalize skin from environmental damage, smooth lines, and plump with nourishing sea fern extracts and a special copper-amino-acid complex while The Holistic Facial uses lymphatic brushing and a vigorous sculpting massage to release muscle tension and support circulation.
Erin Telford
146 W. 29th St., Chelsea
Erin Telford is an incredible breath-worker, healer, acupuncturist, herbalist, and Reiki master who has spent the last few years developing her two main therapeutic programs: breath-work and guiding light sessions (mentorship and therapeutic counseling). It's worth noting that Telford performs these therapies virtually, with clients in New York and further afield who can participate from the comfort of their own homes. Both the breath-work and guiding light programs are ideal for those who feel stuck and have difficulty opening themselves up to love, or for those of us who hold on to pent-up emotions of grief, rage, and resentment.
L’Arche de Noé (Noah’s Ark) (Closed)
547 W. 26th St., Chelsea
For its new L'Arche de Noé (Noah's Ark) collection, French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels tapped famed theater director Robert Wilson ("Madama Butterfly," "Einstein on the Beach") to transform the Cedar Lake performance space in Chelsea into a cabinet of curiosities. Here, more than 60 jeweled brooches—everything from diamond-studded lapis lazuli elephants to zebras with onyx-and-diamond stripes are on display. Interestingly, Wilson reduces the Ark—the biggest object in the story—to a minimal, white wooden version, which is suspended from the ceiling. The exhibit is on view through November 19th, and there's also a series of arts & crafts programming for littles, including a make-your-own-treasure chest workshop taught by instructors from Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. (Events are free and open to the public, but advanced reservations are required.)
Valley Nails
237 W 15th St., Chelsea
Valley Nails is a happy, serene, clean (as in nontoxic, 7-free, clean-beauty clean), and cool place to get your nails done. Their nail art is off-the-charts amazing, and the eclectic, spare interiors make you want to run home and redecorate everything, but the waterless pedicure is perhaps their most brilliant idea. It sounds un-pampering, somehow, but it’s the opposite: They use fresh, warm wet towels, eliminating the gallons of disinfectants and detergents necessary to keep even the smallest tub of water free of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and God knows what else. It’s a lot to not have to think about. It’s a lot to not have to think about. In its place, you think about how amazing the massage feels, how relaxed you are, how thorough and lovely the nail technician is, and, when you walk out the door, how gorgeous and perfect your pedicure looks. They also have a location around the corner from the uptown Barneys, and another in Nolita right by The New Museum.
High Line Hotel
180 10th Ave., Chelsea
This 60-room boutique hotel sits on ground that was actually an apple orchard in the early days—though the federally protected historic building (formerly the General Theological Seminary) wasn't built until the 1800s. The rooms themselves are modern but very comfortable, furnished with antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces that were sourced in and around the city. As for the downstairs amenities, you'll find a cozy little courtyard restaurant protected from the street, and Chelsea Market just a few steps away. As the name indicates, you're also right near the High Line—we like to pick up a coffee from the on-site Intelligentsia to nurse during the walk.
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