Each vessel in Island Current’s four-boat fleet ferries 21–110 passengers across the fish-filled waters of Long Island Sound and Snug Harbor. Fishing charters reel in catches such as blackfish, ling, and cod, and sightseeing tours fill eyes with up-close views of the Statue of Liberty, historic lighthouses, and other landmarks. After each schooner sets sail from City Island at Jack’s Bait & Tackle, fleet owner Captain Chris comes on deck to share his angling expertise and introduce first-time fishermen to knowledgeable local mermaids.
The Wimbledon-weathered teachers of Roosevelt Island Racquet Club and the other swinging locations arm their pupils with world-class expertise from top-ranked international players. Atop New York Tennis Club's and Roosevelt Island's clay courts or the hardtops of the others, students congregate once weekly to work on their forehands, backhands, overheads, and underfoots in a lively series of games and drills (buyers may rank their preferred schedule online). This deal also includes 15% off racquet purchase or restringing, tennis balls, demo racquets and balls for loan, and a one-month membership to the clubs, granting temporary access to the clubs' game-arranging services and exclusive rates on programs, workshops, and open-court reservations (summer rates for members range from $50–$68/hour, about $35 less than non-member fees), as well as exclusive tips for bleaching accidentally tie-dyed tennis whites.
Once upon a time, a deserted stretch of Commerce Avenue may have been enough to make even the most unflinching New Yorker jumpy after dark. But today, something truly terrifying is lurking in the borough. Haunted-house vets Timothy Haskell, Bobby Ferrara, and Steve Kopelman have unleashed a horrifying host of zombies into this fog-filled, strobe-lit warehouse, where groups of willing victims must navigate each twist and turn if they hope to save their delicious brains. To make it through the 15- to 20-minute journey alive, guests must steady their nerves against loud noises, uneven footing, and tight spaces, as well as actors who may try to touch them or pass them a copy of their newest headshot.
For more than 25 years, the martial-arts masters at USA Martial Arts New York have worked toward one goal: to improve their students’ mental and physical strength. They achieve this goal through an assortment of martial-arts and cardio classes designed to help students of virtually any age and skill level to master control of their bodies while gaining self-confidence and discipline. Students looking to shed calories without the monotony of the gym can heave blows into heavy bags during cardio kickboxing classes.
Makeup artist Dionne Bell takes her brushes and blushes on the road. Traveling to homes, offices, photo shoots, weddings, and DMVs, she arrives well stocked for face transformations.
Dionne prides herself on being able to match skin type to the correct beauty products, and she never makes clients look overly made-up—just naturally beautiful. She also offers makeup tutorials for individuals or groups to help clients master techniques themselves.
Dim lighting sets the mood for passionate ballroom dances such as the salsa and tango at Dance by Design Ballroom & Fitness L.L.C. But the instructors don't only schedule traditional dance lessons. They also welcome students in for upbeat dance fitness classes, including the preferred workout of firefighters—pole dancing. Regardless of which class you attend, you can expect to find a supportive, positive atmosphere.