Openings and Closings: Engine 74, Board30, Restore, Bond Vet, Skin Laundry NYC, Five Below – westsiderag. com


Photographs by Scott Etkin, except where indicated.

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 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. ”

Board30, a group fitness class that uses resistance bands, has opened a pop-up space at Nexa Pilates in 2273 Broadway on 82nd Street. The 30-minute classes combine cardio, strength training, plus 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 the T-Mobile store.

Bond Vet offers signed a lease at The Westly – the new cantilever building that’s still less than construction – at 251 Broadway on 91st Road. 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 from 250 Columbus Avenue with 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. )

Photograph by Maureen.

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 plus crafts, fitness products, pet supplies and more. (Thanks in order to Maureen for the tip. )

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