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119 Smith Street Spa
Mon and Wed-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6pm; Tue, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
F, G at Bergen St.
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With a little assistance from artist friends who helped design and decorate her space, Polish-born aesthetician Marzena Brzezinska opened one of Cobble Hill’s first full-service spas in late 2004, just two years shy of her 30th birthday. The resulting street-level spot, which features shelves filled with skin-care products, neatly rolled towels, and natural-fiber baskets might remind you of a Hamptons pal’s well-organized guest bathroom. But don’t let the homey vibe fool you: The staff’s knack for near-painless extractions and irritation-free facials is what has gained the boutique business its loyal following of Brooklyn-based customers and dedicated clients from across the river. Though skin care is 119’s claim to neighborhood fame, those looking to extend their hour of indulgence can opt for a body scrub or massage in one of three whisper-quiet treatments rooms, then finish up with a sole-reviving pedicure in the sunlit front area. Lest you lose your just-exfoliated glow between sessions (or if you simply need a gift for your Bridgehampton hostess), the spa can also stock you with essentials from Dermalogica and G.M. Collin.
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