Is New York really the city that never sleeps?
octors, Sunday magazines and supermodels recommend getting eitght hours sleep a day. They don’t say when, though. Or where. Or what happens if you’re in NYC and options multiply at nightfall. You can do almost anything in skyscraper city when the sun goes down. From buying an iPhone at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue to sweating it out in a 24-hour gym, as Wall Street yuppies tend to do. Most laundrettes, delis and 99¢/slice pizzerias stay open until the early hours. There’s also a bowling alley called The Gutter, in Williamsburg, where you can get your strike on well into the night, or at least until the 4am closing time.
Salons and beauty centres are also jumping on the late-night bandwagon. Red Market Salon, for example, is known for offering late-night hours and a glamorous atmosphere, alongside perks like art exhibitions and sessions by local DJs. The salon was founded by David Cotteblanche and Reynald Ricard, who were so busy they started taking on clients into the evening in their apartment. They immediately saw a real market for late-night appointments. They have exported the idea to Miami and a number of salons have followed in their footsteps.
Not just yellow cabs
The Subway runs all through the night. So does the ferry to Staten Island. The ferry departs from the financial district and offers some of the best views by day or night. First, the skyline slowly comes into view as the ferry pulls away from Manhattan, and then the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island steal the scene.
Pamper yourself before a night on the town by stepping into a beauty salon before you head out. Beauty Bar is the place to go if you’re looking for cosmetics and cocktails. This beauty salon with 1940s décor, including chrome dome hair dryers, serves up manicures and cocktails for $10 until 11pm every day of the week.
With so many different offers, partying sounds like a bit of a bore. But don’t underestimate the city that gave us Studio 54 and the Cotton Club. House of Yes is a unique option that combines circus shows, immersive film screenings, cabaret and burlesque with daytime raves and ‘brunch’. Located in Brooklyn, every night it aims to “titillate the senses and broaden the mind.” And it never fails.
If you’re not into LED lights and blaring music, you can soak up some jazz. In venues like Smalls Jazz Club, the city’s other soundtrack oozes on well after midnight.
Other relaxing options include Juvenex Spa, a luxury spa in Koreatown that opens 24/7. Or, if you really want to take it to the next level, schedule a session in a flotation tank at Lift. Here, you can float all night on Fridays and Saturdays and experience a “dreamlike” state.
Howver, you don’t need to float to feel this sensation. Anyone who’s spent a night out in NYC knows that. Streets, lined with neon signs and office lights, always seem to be on guard. Looking for adventure, regardless of the time of day (or night). As Simone de Beauvoir said, “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” Amen to that.