This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Loehmann's and Lucky Cheng's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Virayoga founder Elena Brower is one of the city's most renowned and beloved yoga teachers. Her twitter is @ElenaBrower and you can follow her on Facebook here. Read on for her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving.
"My favorite place in NYC is ABC Carpet & Home. In that place, there is magic, fragility and soul everywhere I rest my eyes. In my twenties, I'd walk through the store almost daily to get inspired for the creative work I was doing, and every now and again I'd treat myself to a pillow, which at the time was a real expenditure (it still is, come to think of it)...
I'd always dreamed of someday being part of that place in some way, whether having a creation of mine for sale in those gorgeous and mysterious shelves or working there. It's all come true—my book Art of Attention is sold there, and I'm continuing my 11am Saturday morning class there now that I've moved on from owning a studio. We'll gather there weekly for our practices amidst the beauty and spirit of my favorite creative haven in NYC.
And if I'd had to choose a second, I'd say for certain it's the steam room at Soho Sanctuary. At least once or twice a week I'll go and recoup, steam, shower, and take some time to care for myself. A delicious treat for my mind and body."—Elena Brower
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