New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Help Yourself

  • Groom Your Own Dog

  • Unleashed Spa

    218 Ave. B, nr. 13th St.; 212-533-9300

    Unleashed’s self-serve stations are the closest urbanites can get to a summer-afternoon-in-the-driveway doggie scrub-down. Your $19.99 buys access to pet shampoos, scrubbers, brushes, towels, a professional dryer, and a ramp-equipped stainless-steel tub. The setup accommodates even the most unwieldy of pets: The largest dog competing at Westminster this year, a 185-pound Newfoundland, came in for a preshow bath.

  • Make Your Own Wine

  • Brooklyn Winery

    213 N. 8th St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 347-763-1506

    Under the guidance of winemaker Connor McCormack, you can try everything from crushing grapes to designing a label. The Brooklyn Winery reserves a limited number of barrels each season—twenty this spring—for individuals or groups of up to ten. You choose the grapes (this spring, they’re from Chile; in the fall, they’ll be from California and New York), de-stem them, add yeast, barrel the mix, then taste-test over eight to twelve months of aging ($5,700 for classes plus 288 bottles).

  • Publish Your Own Book

  • McNally Jackson

    52 Prince St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-274-1160

    Soho’s premier indie bookstore invested in an Espresso Book Machine earlier this year, a big printer that turns your PDF—whether from a flash drive, an e-mail, or a file-sharing program—into a book, at 120 pages a minute. After collating, binding, and trimming, it spits out a neat, perfect-bound paperback ($6 per book plus 2 cents a page; bulk deals available). If you’re the hopeful author, you can sell your book directly to the public in McNally’s new consignment section.

  • Mix Your Own Perfume

  • MCMC Fragrances

    By appointment;

    Anne McClain of MCMC Fragrances has branched out, conducting private perfume tutorials from her Greenpoint studio. Over the three-hour session, the former Le Labo instructor teaches one or two participants how to mix and sniff 75 ingredients—including essential oils and absolutes—and helps them concoct their own fragrances. The $250 fee includes all materials and your 50-milliliter bottle of bespoke scent.

  • Print Your Own Wallpaper

  • Gowanus Print Lab

    54 Second Ave., nr. 7th St., Gowanus; 718-788-3930

    Come out to Gowanus for this two-night class, and you can immediately swathe your walls in your very own designs. The first night offers an introduction to printing in repeat patterns and multiple colors; on the second, you get help putting your own designs on 30-foot rolls of wallpaper. The $250 fee includes all materials and twelve hours of additional open studio time, where you can perfect your technique—or do the rest of your apartment (March 17 and 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.).

From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.