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Update: Following the disturbing report on worker exploitation and abuse in New York nail salons published in The New York Times, we reached out to all of the locations included in this feature to ask about their working conditions and safety. We're happy to report that the following salons all pay their workers at least minimum wage, as well as overtime, and keep hourly records of their employees' time. None of them require employees to pay a starting fee to secure their spot at the salon.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced new legislation that will improve conditions and crack down on exploitative employers, but there's still a lot to be done. For more information on how to avoid problem salons and what you can do to help, head here.
We don’t mean to brag, but New York City is the birthplace of a very important place: the nail salon. Back in 1878, an entrepreneurial woman opened Mrs. Pray's Manicure, the country’s first parlor for the treatment, filing, and buffing of nails. (Actual lacquer, as we know it, wasn’t invented for a few more decades.)
These days, our fair city is home to more than 1,000 nail salons. And, while we can appreciate giving ourselves a good DIY mani while binge-watching OITNB, let’s be honest: nail care is one beauty ritual that we’re more than happy to outsource.
So, we’ve handpicked nine of the city’s absolute best places for a manicure/pedicure, from nail-art galleries to affordable spots that won’t make you fear a staph infection. (Always a plus, in our book.) Read on for the polish palaces we swear by — and be sure to let us know about your go-tos, too.