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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Long Island oyster farmers create oyster skin care line, other unique products to try

Would you take your beauty regimen cues from a man in neon green waders holding a pile of mollusks in rubber shucking gloves? Well, maybe.

Ben Gonzalez, 50, co-owner of Southold Bay Oyster Farm on the North Fork, has formulated a face cream that employs “oyster technology” that claims to hydrate, moisturize and soften skin. His cream is one of many potions and lotions that harness the powers of unexpected ingredients — from bananas to wasabi to snails (yes, snails) — to amp up your beauty game.

For the record, Gonzalez didn’t just toss some oysters in a blender and mix them up. The pandemic shutdown last March, “gave us time to focus on developing our first skin care product,” he says. “We wanted to be able to bring the benefits of oysters to everyone including folks who do not eat them.” And being that his husband and business partner

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