Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
At New York Fencing Academy, expert instructors tutor sword swingers of all levels, aiming to help them develop both technical skill and physical fitness. Head coach Misha Mokretsov even helms a staff that has already launched several students to national fencing ranks. Prodding protégés can take a stab at a variety of classes that range from beginner sessions all the way up to a competition class, which prepares seasoned duelers for national events and experimental bouts on the floor of the Hudson River. Additionally, the academy fosters future jousters with its renowned youth and cadet epée programs. Free parking and a spectator area complete with WiFi, a TV, and murals by Ian King make the facility accessible for both cars and family members alike.
S3 Leagues scoops up locals and arranges them into kickball, softball, and bowling teams according to their age and neighborhood, giving them the opportunity to enjoy team sports while meeting new people. In the summer 2010 season alone, more than 4,000 players took to the fields at McCarren Park for competitive kickball and softball competition followed by friendly postgame carousing at a nearby bar. After each game, teams receive two complimentary pitchers of beer to facilitate boisterous discussions about how many ounces are in a liter. This postgame partying perpetuates team solidarity, as does wearing matching team shirts, cashing in on food and drink specials together, and mingling at the end-of-season party.
For the fourth year running, Art Market Hamptons returns to the cathedral tent at Bridgehampton Historical Society for a weekend of fine art, gourmet dining, and cultural development. An exclusive fair, only 40 galleries are invited to participate, and pieces on display include contemporary works such as Alan Magee's photorealistic 2014 painting (Untitled Stones) as well as modern marvels such as Pablo Picasso's La Femme Au Fauteuil. Besides the participating galleries, cultural partners include the African American Museum of Nassau County, the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Whitney Museum Contemporaries, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Bikram Yoga Williamsburg, as a Yoga College of India outpost, invites students of all levels to stretch and bend in its soothing, heated room tucked away just steps from the L train's Bedford stop. During each 90-minute session, uplifting instructors guide students through Bikram's traditional 26 challenging poses designed to build more strength, balance, and focus. Deep-breathing exercises fortify lung capacity, helping students exhale pent-up stress and retrieve pennies from the bottom of the ocean. Muscles loosen as warmth seeps into the skin, making sweat flow and toxins flee.