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Best Bets: Week of April 18, 2016

First Look
On May 5, ImaxShift (127 Plymouth St., Dumbo) will open its first spinning studio, with 50 bikes and a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall movie screen.

1. Visuals: A 40-foot-wide-by-24-foot-tall screen plays invigorating movies of flying through space and over the islands of Hawaii.
2. Workout: Fifty bikes organized in tiers like stadium seating, with classes designed by former Flywheel instructors Jesse Alexander and Bree Branker ($34 per class, shoes included).
3. Lounge: Lockers and benches, as well as a forthcoming juice bar and athleisure pop-ups.
4. Glam & Go: An outpost of the express styling salon offering blowouts ($40) and 15-minute braids and buns ($25), for after your sweat.
5. Locker rooms: Showers include Redken hair products.

2x2: Artist Tote Bags
Better than regular tote bags.

: Kusha tote bag by Kanazu Sen-i, $52 at
Print: Dulce by Hector Madera, $40 at

: Three bag by Konstantin Grcic, $165 at
Print: Bao Bao Love Me tote by Curtis Kulig, $1,045 at

The meditation app Headspace introduces its meditation pods (price upon request;

1. This slit allows onlookers only a peek of what’s going on inside — just a single leg or arm.
2. The natural plywood is made from thin pieces of wood sandwiched together, giving off a multicolored effect, then cut to create an undulating interior.
3. The seat is 26.5 inches off the ground, a height at which a majority of people’s feet will hit the floor comfortably.
4. A square cutout within the pod holds a tablet loaded with the Headspace app and noise-canceling headphones.
5. The lower back of the seat has hidden lumbar support, so users sit upright — part relaxed, part focused.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Rachel Ashwell — she of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic — has a new, more minimal uptown store called, simply, Rachel Ashwell (1031 Lexington Ave.).

How is this store different from Shabby Chic? The collection is still mushy but more streamlined — like the Soho sofa (from $1,275), which is slipcovered but has straight edges. If Shabby Chic is roses and peonies, this tiny space is succulents and orchids — plus the big mushy comforters that we hang on the wall.

How to Knot Your Tie Like a Brit
Tips from Michael Anderson of Huntsman America (130 W. 57th St., seventh fl.), which just became the first Savile Row tailor to open in New York.

1. To achieve the double Windsor knot, pull the narrow end of the tie to be half the length of the wider one. Cross the wide end over the thinner one, and pull it up and through the back of the loop at your neck. This creates the first knot.
2. Flip the wide end over the loop surrounding your neck once more, adjusting it so that a second knot sits right next to the first.
3. Pull the wide end across both knots horizontally, concealing them, and then back behind them. Flip it to the front, and pull through the space between the two knots. Tighten. A single crisp crease will run below the final knot.

Five floral designers making highly convincing faux blooms.

Lexington Gardens
1011 Lexington Ave.
Horticulturist Michael Walter sews faux-cherry-blossom heads onto real stems to make his designs (from $100), which last indefinitely, look alive.

19 E. 76th St.
Roses grown naturally in Ecuador are chemically enhanced through a silica-gel process to last up to two years ($525 per bouquet).

Diane James
The 19-year-old brand’s hand-painted poly-cotton peony-and-rose bouquets ($250) are guaranteed for five years.

The Green Vase
Floral stylist Livia Cetti’s playful paper geranium plants ($325) and anemone stems ($38) take two weeks for Cetti to craft personally by hand.

Emilio Robba
Robba plants his silk-and-microfiber “illusion” Phalaenopsis orchids ($280) in clear vases to show their lifelike roots through moss.