Spa It Girl | April 4, 2018

cityWell is a Hidden Brooklyn Bathhouse Gem

As I sit down to write this review, I almost want to stop and keep this spa secret to myself, because I’ve found a true Brooklyn hidden gem.

The humble front and foyer of cityWell give way to a space that is both luscious and compact. In a true Brooklyn space-savvy move, the boutique spa takes up the ground floor and large backyard of a three-story walk-up.

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CBS | April 18, 2018

‘Not Your Typical Spa:’ Old-School Bathhouses Making A Comeback

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Imagine soaking your troubles away or sweating your way to better health.

There are people doing just that, CBS2’s Kristine Johnson reports. The centuries-old tradition of bathhouses is back in a big way, as more people are turning to the immersive therapy.

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AFAR | March 27, 2018

The Urban Bathhouse Is a Wellness Trend We Can Get Behind

Luxurious places for a soak and sauna session are popping up around the United States. Here are seven to check out.

Although many cultures have their own wellness traditions, almost all of them have this in common: People love to soak and sweat. Today’s urban bathhouses meld these ancient practices with modern-day sensibilities, borrowing from Russian banyas, Turkish hammams, Korean jjimjilbangs, Finnish saunas, Greek and Roman baths, and Japanese sentos. All aim to promote self-care and good health through variations on soaks, steams, saunas, and community. And maybe because the world of late has been, well, taxing, we’ve seen these oases spring up in the United States, with offerings as diverse as the country itself. From a former mobster hangout in Detroit to ancient-style baths where you can soak in wine, here are six recently opened bathhouses to visit now—plus one you can plan on checking out in the near future.

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Hemisphere Magazine  |  December 2017

Gowanus

A canalside hot spot grows in Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s answer to the Venice straddles an industrial canal that the EPA designated a Superfund Site in 2010.

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The Culture Trip | December 13,  2017

Zen in the City at Brooklyn’s Hidden Boutique Bathhouse

Legend has it Gowanus’s grimy canal was once a dumping ground for New York’s murderous mafia, but these days the neighborhood is better known for being one of the city’s last artistic strongholds. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that this corner of Brooklyn is also home to a creatively conceived boutique bathhouse, set up with the goal of making wellness affordable and accessible to the whole community—struggling artists included.orm the cozy 450-square-foot indoor space.

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A Cup of Jo  |  December 7,  2017

A Winter Guide to NYC

This time of year, readers often ask for suggestions of things to do in New York City when it’s cold outside. So! Without further ado, here’s a list of more than 20 awesome activities, restaurants and holiday fun we’d recommend in the winter (and please add yours)…

 

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FOX 5 | November 11, 2016

City Well spa in Brooklyn

cityWell looks deceiving. Behind a non-descript door on an industrial block in Gowanus, Brooklyn, lies a holistic haven. Massage therapist Liz Tortolani wanted to bring a boutique feel to wellness. Liz performs massages inside, where there’s also a shower and steam room. Outside an urban sanctuary takes shape. Architect Deborah Mariotti helped transform the cozy 450-square-foot indoor space.

 

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BK MAG | November 7, 2016

Brooklyn Stress Cases: A Spa (or Three) for What Ails You

Sudden underground asphyxiation, thumb cramps, shortness of comprehension, tightness of face, dissociative drinking—what’s a well-balanced urban lifestyle without a few stress and fatigue-induced health concerns? It would be pointless, because without any ailments, you would never go to the spa, and a life without spas is as pointless as a life without the city.

 

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HOUSE OF MARLEY MARCH 28, 2016

Acquatherapy with cityWell Brooklyn

With water being the most vital component of life, it’s expected that its uses and powers range far beyond quenching thirst. Aquatherapy, a long practiced form of relaxation and rehabilitation, invites its newest rostrum – cityWell Brooklyn.

 

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TIMEOUT | December 9, 2015

Four awesome new places to hit up in Gowanus

Like a rehabbed starlet, much-maligned Brooklyn nabe Gowanus has turned its rep around. It’s welcomed an influx of restaurants (Dinosaur BBQ), bakeries (Four & Twenty Blackbirds) and even a shuffleboard club (Royal Palms), and the makeover train (or should we say barge?) is rolling full steam ahead.

 

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NYMAG November 30, 2015

Best Bets | November 30, 2015

“The indoor portion — with a three-person steam room and showers — is already open ($25 for two hours), and now we’re working on the 1,500-square-foot yard, which come January will have a cedar sauna, hammock, fire pit, and yoga platform.

 

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THE DOWNTOWN FOX | November 14, 2015

Brooklyn Just Got a Boutique Bathhouse

Now that it’s getting nippy, I’m sure the two things on your mind are: hot coffee and bathhouses. Maybe pies. Even if bathhouses weren’t on your mind, Gowanus’ latest hot spot (pun intended) might peak your interest. Gowanus? Yes, Gowanus. It’s time to book a staycation in the thick of Brooklyn.

 

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PURE WOW | November 13, 2015

A Boutique Bathhouse Is Opening in…Gowanus?

It’s been oddly warm in the city the last few weeks, but it’s time to face the terrible, inevitable facts: Sooner or later, it’s going to get freaking freezing. Sure, you could hole up in your apartment and watch every TV show ever for the next four months. Or you could book a staycation in Gowanus.

 

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AMNY | November 4, 2015

Boutique Bathhouse Will Bring Healing Waters to Gowanus

It’s not a neighborhood traditionally known for its healing waters, but Gowanus will soon be home to a bathhouse where women can soak away their cares and nurture their bodies.

 

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GOTHAMIST | November 2, 2015

New Boutique Bathhouse Coming To Gowanus, Let’s Go There Right Now

Happy post-Halloween Monday. It seems like just yesterday that we were all covered in glitter and sloshed Michelob and chunks of someone else’s deteriorating wigs, and now we’re here at work? How did this happen? My hair hurts.

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DNA INFO | November 2, 2015

Boutique bathhouse opening in Brooklyn

It’s not a neighborhood traditionally known for its healing waters, but Gowanus will soon be home to a bathhouse where women can soak away their cares and nurture their bodies.

 

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FOX 5 | November 11, 2016

City Well spa in Brooklyn

cityWell looks deceiving. Behind a non-descript door on an industrial block in Gowanus, Brooklyn, lies a holistic haven. Massage therapist Liz Tortolani wanted to bring a boutique feel to wellness. Liz performs massages inside, where there’s also a shower and steam room. Outside an urban sanctuary takes shape. Architect Deborah Mariotti helped transform the cozy 450-square-foot indoor space.

 

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