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Rachel Wanamaker

Rachel Marie Wanamaker is a yoga instructor, dancer, and overall music and movement enthusiast in New York City. Rachel has trained in professional dance her entire life, which introduced her to yoga early in her teen years. Her personal practice grew as she did, and yoga became her constant source of grounding, joy, release, and self discovery.

Location: OYH Yoga Studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn
Classes: The Sculpted ONE, The Fiery ONE, The Aligned ONE

What would you do that you always love to do?

I would take some yoga and dance classes, sit outside by the water (either Domino Park or Brooklyn Bridge Park), see a show (can’t wait for the revival of Cabaret to open this Spring), and get dinners with friends.

Domino Park

Part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Refinery site, Domino Park spreads along the waterfront just north of the Williamsburg Bridge. An elevated walkway offers views of the surrounding area and across the river to Manhattan. Two water features help you cool off, good if the kids have been running around in the factory-inspired playground.

What would you do that you never get to do?

Probably splurge and have a spa day where I can completely unplug. I’ve always wanted to try The Winter Spa at the William Vale Hotel or The Bathhouse Williamsburg to get a massage, facial, and make an entire day of it.

The William Vale
111 N. 12th Street Brooklyn, NY

Featuring red cedar saunas with panoramic views of the city, the Scandinavian-inspired al-fresco spa has been known to relieve muscle strain, invoke deeper sleep, and remove toxins from the body. Services also offer a dip in the red cedar hot tubs located on the hotel’s stunning outdoor terrace.

Where would you stay?

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel
60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Designed by local artists, boutique stay 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge follows a seriously sustainable ethos; its upcycled materials and artwork tell a story of the borough’s past, while the green design makes a commitment to its future. In this airy and art-filled stay, you’ll find a cosy guests-only lounge on the third floor, a cellar-level cinema room and an all-natural Bamford Spa. There’s also a casual, open-all-day café full of locally-sourced treats and a plunge pool up on the tenth floor that looks out over the East River.

Where would you go for brunch? What would you eat?

I love a good old fashioned diner experience – Cafe Luluc is a favorite, slightly more upscale version in BK, or Eat Here Now if I’m in Manhattan.

Cafe Luluc
214 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Casual, neighborhood French eatery with garden seating serving brunch staples & coffee.
Where would you go for lunch? What would you eat?

Maman’s katie chicken sandwich, a Westville salad, or pineapple fried rice and a mocktail from Lemongrass!

154 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s coziest neighborhood, take a pause from your busy day as you grab a coffee or meal with friends. Our beautiful floral accents, hand-sourced antique windows, & charming provincial décor will make you feel right at home. Dreaming up a special event? Our spacious back dining room is the perfect spot for hosting a lively happy hour, intimate dinner party, or other special celebration.

How about dinner?

Any of Brooklyn’s many incredible Italian spots. I’m a big fan of Ainslie in Williamsburg and Barbaresco on the East side, but always down to try a new spot. Happiest with wine and pasta in front of me.

76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rustic-chic choice for Italian fare and wine, with an outdoor patio used as a beer garden.

Favorite date night spot?

St. Mazie in Williamsburg or anywhere with live music or dancing!

St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Step back into the 20s at the quaint St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club with live music, classic cocktails and a speakeasy-like cellar restaurant.
Favorite cafe/coffee spot?

IXV Coffee for the most unique and yummy coffee creations along with the best grilled cheese you’ll ever eat. They are also super sustainable and friendly. Or Cafe Valencia in Williamsburg for a latte and the best chili cheese palmiers.

IXV Coffee
497c Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Based out of the garage in a Boerum Hill home, IXV is a gem of a find, serving up way more than coffee. Come here for clothing and objects infused with iconic design sensibility, pastries and snacks (including toaster made gluten-free muffins that feel like a story unto themselves), and coffee served in actual reusable mugs (even your own, if you bring it!). All this, and a motto of living a “life less trashy,” makes IXV a spot to visit again and again.

Favorite place to shop?

I could browse a good home/garden/stationary store for hours. Give me candles, notebooks, plants, and glassware. I love Lockwood for the most fun gifts!

Lockwood Shop
98 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

A quirky home goods shop whose selection of items meet at the intersection of chic and kitschy, Lockwood is the place to pick up a cool backpack, a graphic tee, bee-shaped stud earrings, or salt and pepper shakers made in the likeness of the Empire State Building. In addition to the Astoria location, there are stores in Jackson Heights and Brooklyn’s Greenpoint.

Favorite pizzeria?

L&B Spumoni Garden – patiently waiting for the DUMBO location to open.

L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Sicilian square pizza & ice cream from an old-school Italian counter that opened in 1939.

Your favorite spot in Brooklyn to people watch?

Fort Green Park – never a dull moment.

Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene’s history is rife with important names–Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Greene, Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux, William Howard Taft, and McKim, Mead and White, to name a few–hinting at the important role the park has played in the city’s history. Hundreds of years after its early use for the good of the Revolution, Fort Greene Park continues to reward its neighborhood. A basketball court, playgrounds, and tennis courts, not to mention enriching events, sloping hills, and majestic trees, are a magnet for visitors from all walks of life.

Where would you go for drinks?

I love a rooftop or outdoor seating area if it’s summer- FourFiveSix for a chill night in Williamsburg. I’d love to try Harriet’s Lounge for a night overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Or any cozy wine bar! I also love anywhere that makes a good Manhattan.

Harriet's Lounge
60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Nestled in a green oasis on the 10th floor of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, against a backdrop of panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, Harriet’s Lounge preserves the values of an old-fashioned cocktail lounge.

Where would you watch the sunset?

On the piers or promenade or on Pilot (boat where you can get drinks) in the summertime.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This pedestrian walkway offers spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a favorite destination for joggers, walkers and Rollerbladers, but it also offers a quiet atmosphere for those who prefer to just sit, chat and enjoy the view.

If you could begin or end the weekend with a specific class at ONEYOGAHOUSE- what would that be?

I would begin my weekend early with The Blissed ONE on Thursday night and end it with The Restored ONE on Sunday night.

The Restored ONE
Yin + Restorative Yoga : Open level

A chance to slow down and restore. Yin + Restorative yoga incorporates props to support you in passively held postures for a sustained period of time. This practice helps to lengthen connective tissue and fascia throughout the body to enhance range of motion in joints and regulate the nervous system. Benefits include deep relaxation, improved sleep and digestion, and faster muscle recovery.


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