In 1858, textile merchant Robert Bruce became the owner of the building that houses the museum named after him, and he ensured he would be the last one. Shortly before his death in 1909 and after a half-century inhabiting the house, he deeded his home to the town of Greenwich, as long as it would become a museum focused on art and science. In 2012, the museum celebrated its centennial year with a special exhibit of recent and promised gifts to the permanent collection.
With more than 15,000 art and science items, the Bruce Museum continues to live out Robert Bruce's mission, with a series of permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as a series of lectures and events. A few miles away, at Greenwich Point, its Seaside Center educates visitors about the environment and ecology of Long Island Sound.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
MacDuff's Public House slings classic pub fare from across the Atlantic amidst the merriment of TV-sports spectatorship and occasional live musical performances. An exposed oven beckons diners to marvel as chefs prepare their meals, and introduces recently thawed cavemen to the wonders of controlled fire. As regulars converse over pints within eye-shot of exposed brick walls, dark woods, and a glistening full bar, servers ferry British favorites, such as fish ’n’ chips and shepherds pie, as well as all-American classics including barbecue-pulled-pork sandwiches and prime Hereford beef burgers with house-made french fries.
Candles placed upon the bar and tables at Bambou Asian Tapas & Bar cast a flickering glow on dishes that blend the spices of Chinese and Thai cuisine with the cool flavors of Japanese sushi. Behind the bar, chefs tie ribbons of seaweed around ocean-fresh salmon or chomp on morsels of wasabi before searing soy-glazed chicken with their newfound fire-breath. Wines, sakes, dessert liquors, and cocktails complement hot and cold tapas selections, and chopsticks duel for elegantly plated sushi rolls at the dining room’s intimate booths and tables.
Glow Yoga’s welcoming instructors lead Vinyasa-yoga classes that help students strengthen their bodies and clear their minds. Trained in several yogic styles—including Bikram and Iyengar—the faculty members lead several alignment-focused classes in a heated room that fosters flexibility. Students of all skill levels proceed through sequences that tether deep breaths to vigorous, energizing stretches and body-toning poses. The studio also offers children’s classes more entertaining than dancing on a carpet of bubble wrap.
Nola Van Alstine believes that students learn to dance best when classes combine technique with imagination and a fun, carefree atmosphere. She and her supporting staff of in-studio pianists and instructors—many of whom commute from Manhattan—create this type of environment with a low student-to-teacher ratio that also allows them to pay ample attention to each participant. Their class curriculum includes parent-and-child dance classes for little ones to explore movement for the first time and pre-dance classes that prepare preschoolers for more skilled practice in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop classes, offered for kindergarteners through teens at Dance Adventure.