Fully licensed by the New York State Department of Education, Allstar Bartenders Training educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning which cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. Allstar's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending. Allstar treats its graduates to complimentary lifetime job-placement assistance and refresher courses.
Suncycle Studios fills its boutique, three-tiered studio with a hoard of stationary bikes waiting to experience euphoric moments of unbridled spinning during one of the studio's many adrenaline-fueled cycling classes. Those looking for a combo workout can experience the faux peaks and valleys of indoor cycling juxtaposed with strength training in the 60-minute spin/kettlebells class, and former rhythmic gymnasts can show off their skills by flinging a kettlebell into the air and catching it with the palm of their foot. Attend 60-minute cardio blast to work toward a leaner physique, or mold muscle bags in the 60-minute spin/sculpt class, which incorporates free weights for a heart-racing workout. Check out the schedule for a complete list of available classes and times.
Living Yoga helps students of all skill levels foster development of mind and body with expert instruction and a number of different class styles. The charming, nearly century-old multiroom studio is an ideal space for casting off the worries of the day with invigorating exercises and healthy breathing techniques. Its diverse schedule accommodates morning benders, afternoon mat masters, and evening exercisers who spend all morning and afternoon hunting for prizes in boxes of breakfast cereal.
Although Rajendra Hariprashad was in the Marines, his most trusted weapon—the one that launched him into private enterprise as a business owner—was not a rifle, but a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse. During his four years of service, he taught students behind the wheel of his own compact sports car. When he was discharged and went back to New York, he shelved law-enforcement career ambitions and opened Ena's Driving School.
Today, the school teaches road safety to new and seasoned drivers alike. Along with prelicensing and defensive-driving classes, instructors lead motorcycle, CDL truck, and CDL bus lessons. Rajendra's business savvy and entrepreneurial acumen have won him press in Forbes, Fox Business, USA Today, and other media outlets. He even partnered with truTV's Impractical Jokers to prank students who were behind the wheel for the first time. Afterward, several neighbors and new customers called to inquire about classes and how to fit a spring-rigged banana-cream pie into the glove compartment.
Rajendra's law-enforcement career continues to remain on hold. "I'm lucky," he says about his driving school and other business ventures. "This is fun. I want to be in the open road."
It's one thing to know how to defend yourself. It's quite another to be able to react in the moment—to analyze and swiftly repel an attacker's every move without batting an eyelash. At New York Self Defense Academy, teaching the basics of self defense is just the first step. Founder and chief instructor Avi Avramcheyiv prepares his students for real-life scenarios by drawing on skills he honed as a hand-to-hand combat instructor in the Israeli Defense Force.
Krav maga, the official self-defense system of the IDF, predictably dominates the schedule at Avi's own martial-arts academy. He and his team of instructors enact realistic scenarios that teach students to deal with weapons and hand-to-hand attacks. These exercises are stressful by design, though many students find that they are also exhilarating and highly educational. Along with learning proper ways to defend against chokes, hand grabs, and bear hugs, students of all abilities experience an intense workout in each class.