Fashion industry architect switches careers to open a Pilates studio on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Although it was always a stressful job, Christine Longcore, 41, loved working as an architect in the retail fashion industry for nearly two decades, until the coronavirus (COVID-19) shuttered the globe in March 2020.

During the world shutdown, Longcore took time to rethink her future career goals. And even after New York City began to reopen, she said she knew she wanted to switch gears.

“Between the stress in that specific niche of architecture, the commute into the city, the travel and the hours, I began to realize that I needed a big lifestyle change … I began suffering various injuries, and was unable to recover from them properly with my very long, and very stressful working and commuting hours,” said the New Springville resident.

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Clients of Longcore Pilates in Westerleigh participating in a Bodhi Suspension class. (Courtesy of Sebastian Barbera)

That’s when she started doing

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