By Scott Etkin and Lisa Kava
Engine 74 of the New York City Fire Department will temporarily relocate from their headquarters at 120 West 83rd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, to Ladder 25 at 250 West 77th Street. 120 West 83rd has been the home of Engine 74 since 1888 and the building, built in the Renaissance and Romanesque Revival styles, is landmarked. The temporary relocation will begin at the end of August and last approximately 10 months. According to a notice from FDNY, “this relocation is necessary so the agency may update and improve the current facilities of Engine 74.”
“It will be tough leaving our small home on 83rd Street for close to a year,” senior firefighter John Keaveny told West Side Rag. “But the firehouse has needed a new floor and new windows for a long time. The floor is original from 1889, so we are excited for a new one. We are looking forward to being with the members of Ladder 25, they are a great group of firefighters. We know them well from company outings, so it will be like one big family when we eat and work together. It is a bigger firehouse and JT, our firehouse dog, will love the extra room to run around.”
Board30, a group fitness class that uses resistance bands, has opened a pop-up space at Nexa Pilates at 2273 Broadway on 82nd Street. The 30-minute classes combine cardio, strength training, and calisthenics. This is the first Board30 studio in the city and the pop-up will continue until Board30 finds a lease for a permanent space, likely this fall. A representative from Nexa Pilates told West Side Rag that “we could possibly have a relationship with each other in the future, but nothing has been solidified.” The Board30 instructor, Laura Thomases, has taught classes at the JCC on the Upper West Side. It is $40 per class and can be paid by Venmo.
Restore, a “hyper wellness” studio with high-tech equipment for rejuvenating your body, is coming to 2148 Broadway on the corner of 76th Street. Restore’s recovery services include cryotherapy – exposure to extreme cold temperatures for a few minutes at a time – infrared sauna and compression sleeves that circulate the blood in your legs. Restore categorizes the techniques it offers under nine “elements” of wellness: hydration, cold, rest, nourishment, movement, heat, light, oxygen, and connection. Based in Austin, Texas, Restore has over 100 franchise locations across the U.S., including on the Upper East Side and in Chelsea. It replaces a T-Mobile store.
Bond Vet has signed a lease at The Westly – the new cantilever building that’s still under construction – at 251 Broadway on 91st Street. The 2,000-square-foot space on the ground floor will have a veterinarian clinic and pet grooming service. Bond has an existing UWS location at 352 Amsterdam on 77th Street. The new space is anticipated to open towards the end of this year.
Skin Laundry NYC, a laser facial company, will be opening at 250 Columbus Avenue at 72nd Street in the former home of a Jeffrey Stein hair salon. Skin Laundry has locations in Midtown, Flatiron, Williamsburg ,and Tribeca. The company offers different types of laser facials such as “signature laser facials, carbon laser facials, fractional laser facials, and ultra duo laser facials.” They also sell anti-acne and anti-aging skin care products. (Thanks to Nicole and Tierney for the tips.)
Five Below, a discount chain with more than 1,000 stores across the country, will be opening at 805 Columbus Square near 100th Street, in the former home of Petco. Five Below sells products that cost five dollars or less and a small number of products priced between $6 and $25. Five Below sells toys and games, home decor, beauty products, arts and crafts, fitness products, pet supplies and more. (Thanks to Maureen for the tip.)