It’s another case of boot camps replacing bohemia: physical therapy has replaced Fellini at both former locations of Kim’s Video on St. Marks Place.
On the corner of Second Avenue, Taiji Body Work just opened in the space that once housed the second location of Kim’s; on the other end of the block, Nimble Fitness has moved into the former home of Mondo Kim’s.
We gave you a heads up about the gym, Nimble Fitness, in November — now we’re told the grand opening party on the second floor of 6 St. Marks Place will be on Feb. 19, with free group training sessions, health assessments, and equipment demos. Sessions at the 2,600-square-foot training space range from $45 to $165.
Down the block, at 35 St. Marks, Taiji Body Work has taken the second-floor space that was vacated by gaming store 8 Bit and Up when it moved to East Third Street in 2013. Before that, the space belonged to an early location of Kim’s Video. The building has housed everything from the St. Marks Cinema, where Jim Jarmusch was an usher (in this podcast, he recalls shooting rats with the night manager’s 22-caliber pistol), to a controversial and mercifully short-lived outpost of the Gap.
Taiji has other locations in Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and the Upper West Side. It offers massages in the style of qi gong, tui-na, hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology, daily from 10am to midnight. Prices range from $10 for 10 minutes to $26 for 30 minutes to $90 for two hours. Foot reflexology costs $26 for 30 minutes. For what it’s worth, all the other locations have 4-star ratings on Yelp. You can call 646-964-4491 to make an appointment.