410 W. 14th St., Chelsea
Hip-hop and yoga may seem like an odd combination, but somehow, inexplicably, it works here, especially on #hiphopwednesday and #hiphopsunday classes, where an artist of the week is featured (like A$AP Rocky, Dr. Dre, or Pharrell Williams) in a sixty-minute themed vinyasa flow. They take it seriously, too: Artists are announced every Monday on Y7’s Instagram page. The studio space is candlelit, so if you’re not on your A game, you’ll feel comfortable in the just-dark-enough surroundings. And this particular location is one of Y7’s largest, with changing rooms, mat and towel rentals, and a yoga selfie booth.
13 Gansevoort St., Lower Level, Meatpacking District
Each 50-minute class at this weight-lifting studio tucked away on one of the quainter streets below 14th street is designed to chisel and strengthen. The classes run the gamut—there’s Legs & Butt, Chest & Biceps, Full Body, Legs & Shoulders—and the playlists are mood-boosting mashups of radio hits that make the dumbbell drills fly by. The instructors are thoughtful, patient, and, of course, enviously toned.
55 Little W. 12th St., Meatpacking District
This all-natural Australian brand's first salon in New York is beautifully turned out in an airy, semi-industrial space in Meatpacking. Haircuts, blow-outs, and color treatments are all done using Original & Mineral products, which leave hair in much better shape than when you walk in.
449 W. 14th St., Meatpacking District
At this legendary boutique—an early pioneer in the Meatpacking/Chelsea area—you'll find all the big brands from Alaia to Dries van Noten to Prada, each with its own rack and an eager sales person nearby. The house DJ in his booth may be a sign of better times now past, but it's still a worthy shopping venue. (And if you're ever in Atlanta, you have to go to the original.)
Doyle & Doyle
412 W. 13th St., Meatpacking District
Helmed by two sisters, Doyle & Doyle was the first shop to make estate jewelry cool, thanks in no small part to its original outpost in the LES (they recently relocated to the Meatpacking District). Since 1998, Elizabeth and Irene have been scouring the country for exquisite pieces from every conceivable period: You'll find intricately-rendered Art Nouveau lockets, Edwardian diamond drop earrings, and a huge range of 19th century engagement rings.
496 6th Ave., Meatpacking District
Latin American chef Fernando Aciar makes crazy delicious things out of superfoods—sprouted lentil and brown rice wraps, bee pollen water, raw pistachio biscotti, and more. They also sell unpasteurized cold-pressed juices that are made in house daily, making this a great option for a healthy breakfast or lunch.
The Standard Highline
848 Washington St., Meatpacking District
Between its penthouse bar, the Boom Boom Room, its dance club, Le Bain, The Standard Grill, and the Biergarten, it seems that this is where everyone wants to see and be seen on any given night in New York. The ultra modern interiors are worth checking out, as is the architecture: The building straddles the High Line and boasts incredible views of the Hudson.
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