locals share their perfect day. find yours.

Whether I'm enjoying the day on my own or hosting a friend, this remains my favorite way to spend a Saturday. Start the day with a delicious crepe and a great cup of coffee enjoyed at one of my favorite neighborhood spots in Astoria. From there, it's an enjoyable 30 minute walk down Crescent Street to the Healme.NYC Studio in Long Island City. After a fun yoga session with the dogs and sometimes an additional Yoga session, relax and take in the views of Manhattan from Gantry Park.

Damia DecemberDamia December

Damia is a Behavior Therapist and Reiki Master. She does't stop there. She's also the Founder of one of the most unique wellness studios in NYC. Healme.nyc in Long Island City offers in-person sessions, classes, and workshops aimed at promoting the well being of the community.

By harnessing the power of unconditional love, positivity, generosity, and kindness, she's on a mission to help people access the tools that will inspire them to be the best versions of themselves. After one conversation with her, you'll feel like you're on your way.

T-Swirl CrepeBakeries
Japanese style crêperie
(917) 832-6815website
36-16 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

T-Swirl is a delicious crepe shop serving up unique combinations like Carmel Fuji Apple, Matcha, and Smoked Salmon. The Japanese Crepe borrows from a western concept and modernized it into new level of versatility that you can gobble on the go. T-Swirl has perfected the gluten free rice flour batter and crafted a crispy thin chewy layer. In addition the tasty and unique crepes, T-Swirl is also known for it's service, quality, cleanliness and convenience.

© photos courtesy of T-Swirl Crepe
Menú Coffee BarCoffee
Boutique Eatery & Coffee Bar
(718) 685-2566website
34-56 33rd St, Long Island City, NY 11106

Menu is the perfect place to start the day. Everything in the cozy boutique cafe is delicious and made from scratch by the owner. Enjoy a relaxed cup of coffee or a hot tea and ease into the day.

© photos courtesy of Menu Coffee Bar
Crescent Street WalkParks
Street connecting Astoria and Long Island City
Crescent Street

Enjoy a stroll down Crescent Street. Take in the sights, sounds and diversity of the neighborhood. Astoria continues to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city and in the country. Residents from more than 100 countries inhabit the borough. North Africans, Mexicans, Ecuadorians, Tibetans, Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Bangladeshi are all represented. Enjoy the walk and the neighborhood feel that the block offers.

Along the way, checkout the Dutch Kills Playground and the Windmill Community Garden. The garden is a very small plot but very sweet and peaceful place to enjoy a little meditation.

© photos courtesy of The City of New York
Healme.nycYoga & Wellness
Holistic wellness studio featuring reiki, yoga, therapy and even doga, yoga with dogs.
(518) 589 3049website
44-02 23rd St., Ste. 516, Long Island City, NY 11101

Healme.nyc is a wellness studio focused on connection, healing and helping community members thrive. The studio offers reiki, massage, yoga, acupuncture, cpr, and individual therapy. It's also one of the few places you can take in a Doga class - yup yoga with dogs. You can bring your own small pup or stretch with the studio's therapy dog, Biju! Doga is every Saturday at 2pm. Just make sure to purchase your tickets early, the class usually fills up fast. Cheapest way to purchase is via the app.

In addition to being a standout studio, it's also a socially conscious business. The studio donates 100% of annual profits to Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL), an award winning non-profit that helps veterans and children wounded in the crossfire of war. All donations made to Veterans Rebuilding Life directly support their humanitarian mission.

© photos courtesy of Healme.NYC
Gantry Plaza State ParkParks
12-acre park on four piers along the East River offering restored gantries & Manhattan views.
(718) 786-6385website
4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 10007

Gantry Plaza State Park is spread out among 12-acres overlooking the East River and midtown Manhattan skyline. The park offers amazing views of the Empire State Building and the United Nations. In addition to the restored gantries, monuments once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges.

The park offers a great place to stroll as well as a number of recreational activities, including; basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier. Gantry Plaza isn't only for relaxing, you can also catch a ferry to Manhattan from the pier.

A community of locals at your side.

Subscribe for access to request custom guides and be the first to receive new recommendations.

Check your inbox for your welcome email.

Sorry. Looks like something went wrong while submitting the form.