Aire and Water NYC
I love the hustle and energy of New York but was quickly reminded in my 5 day visit in September how easily you can let things get to you both living and visiting there. As a former New Yorker I frequently needed an escape to keep my sanity intact. Usually, a weekend away every couple of months would do the trick, and I would return to the city that I love, rejuvenated. I frequently need a break from any daily routine or space anywhere I live.I decided to head to my favorite running spot in Central Park, and quickly felt myself come back to a grounded position. The outer loop of the park is a 6.2 mile paved path of hills and turns for runners, walkers and bikers, taking you through both busy and serene areas some would never know existed. The path boasts views of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the skyline over Sheep’s Meadow, gorgeous bridges and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (which is another great running loop of 1.57 miles on a dirt path with iconic views of both East and West sides of Manhattan.) The outer loop also takes you to the Northern tip of the park where you can dip into the Conservatory Gardens at 105th st. and 5th avenue. This 6 acre conservatory holds spectacular gardens in English, French and Italian styles, and you won’t see any bikes or runners exercising here. A good resting point!
Later that night, my love for New York restored, my friend treated me to an indulgent birthday present at Aire Ancient Baths on Franklin St. I have never experienced anything so relaxing and even the Aire website photos do not do this place justice. For two hours, Jennifer and I and a limited number of other people dipped in and out of Aire’s different baths and were treated to the best massage I have ever had. We went from hot to cold (literally with giant ice blocks floating next to you), steamroom to whirlpool and frequented the floatarium laden with Dead Sea Salts where bathers can literally float on their backs holding onto a bar at the edge of the bath, reaping the benefits of the salts.
Aire is the perfect place if you want to transport yourself out of the city’s business, and would be an ideal date night alternative (bathing suits required) or a great girl’s getaway. Aire has everything you need to shower and get ready for a night on the town afterward,too. My day got a little more peaceful after a couple hours of air and water therapy.