The Coolest Spots To Get A Piercing In New York City

Samantha Sasso

Being a New Yorker is about more than having the right zip code. There are also a few New York-specific rituals you must complete: You must attend at least one Yankees or Mets game — if not for the crowd antics, then for the overpriced beer. You must partake in a Sabrett hot dog when it's offered to you by a street vendor. And you must, absolutely must, get pierced at one of the many historic hot spots scattered all over the island (and in some outer boroughs).

And while a last-minute baseball game or a spontaneous hot dog is within reason, we don't recommend a new piercing being a spur-of-the-moment decision. Getting a new piercing requires some research: You have to hunt down the best placements, scope out trends, and, most importantly, find a piercer who can can do the service safely. Lucky for you, we made the search a little easier by tracking down the best piercing studios in New York — and exactly who you should make your appointment with. Our picks, ahead.

The Shop: Studs

You won't have to subject yourself to sitting in grimy tattoo parlors or getting botched mall piercings thanks to Studs. The boutique opened up in late 2019, and it's where the curated Instagram-friendly ear comes to life in a cool, modern setting. At Studs, you can shop a range of costume and genuine jewelry to dress your existing piercings or get new ones from a pro. Before the needles come out, you're invited to a quick consult with a Studs piercer, who chats over what you want, what jewelry is best for you, and who can help you curate your "earscape." Then, you're taken into a private, well-lit, super-clean room where you can get pierced in peace.

Unlike many of its neighbors on NYC's bustling Prince Street, a service at Studs won't drain your entire bank account: Piercings start at $35 for one and $50 for two. All we want to know now is: Why wasn't this a thing when we were teens?

Where: 12 Prince Street; book online.

The Shop: The End Is Near

Who To See: Matt Mayfield, & Anthony Zotto

No, you don't have to take the trip to Manhattan to get a body piercing in New York. In fact, one of the most reputable hot spots in the city is outside the mainland in Brooklyn, specifically Park Slope. The only thing better than the piercing service at The End Is Near is the jewelry they sell. And, truly, what's a piercing without the cool decor you plan on putting in it? Bonus: The shop often offers special discounts including free piercings with every jewelry purchase.

Where: 429 7th Avenue; 347-335-0846.Photo: The End Is Near.

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