My hostess in Greenpoint is a lovely woman named Eileen who also runs an eco-showroom called Origin 23.
we met only briefly in LA a few weeks before and she was so gracious to put me up, bring me tea when I was not well, and introduce me to her favorite haunts.
one of these places was a Korean spa in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
At 10:30 pm we met her friend Isa at a little market where we bought tall jugs of tea, and then descended into the basement of a tall tall building and into a tiled room where there was a small asian man who took our $30.
we spent 3 hours scrubbing ourselves, steaming, sauna-ing, and lazily talking about our lives.
after all of this, we were starving, and they took me to a cheap and delicious 24 hour spot called Dou Wip or Wha Doop or something...the food was more memorable than the name....