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German transplant Heike Muschik originally opened Sunpoint as a 30-bed tanning facility, in 1999, betting that the fake-and-bake craze taking off in her native country would surely translate to pasty Manhattanites. She didn’t count on the fact that most New Yorkers try to keep their tanning-salon visits as clandestine as possible, and consequently, her word-of-mouth referrals were nil. A year later, she transformed half the space into a full-service spa offering massage, skin care, and mani-pedis but kept a wing of tanning beds—including seven different intensity levels and one stand-up spray-tan booth—for more dedicated bronzers. The streamlined 3,500-square-foot storefront space is well trafficked by nurses (from nearby Memorial Sloan-Kettering) drawn by the express hand and foot treatments after particularly grueling shifts, but it’s the Kanreki facial that brings loyalists from across the park. Using the Japanese-inspired, seawater-based product line C’watre Kanreki (Sunpoint is its only area provider), the facial harnesses seawater’s trace minerals and amino acids to detox, firm, and purify all skin types.
Best of New York: Health & Self
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.