When British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife stumbled upon a piece of unclaimed Manhattan hilltop, they knew it would be the ideal spot for their summer home. Built in 1765, the 8,500-square foot Morris-Jumel Mansion—as it's known today—was the centerpiece of an estate that extends more than 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson River. Loyal to the British crown, Morris left America during the Revolution; in the fall of 1776, General George Washington used the home as headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Today, the mansion offers guided tours of its historic property. After becoming president, Washington returned on July 10, 1790, to dine with cabinet members that included future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; you can visit the dining room where they ate together. More than 40 years later, in 1833, Aaron Burr got married to Madame Eliza Jumel—the widow of the mansion's second namesake owner, Stephen Jumel—right in the parlor of this estate.
Besides tours, the mansion now hosts rotating exhibits that display everything from period costumes to the axe Washington used to floss his wooden teeth. There are also events throughout the year, from classical and jazz concerts to wine tastings and, once, a lively debate between Burr and Alexander Hamilton scholars.
The customized one-on-one training sessions at You and I Fitness incorporate whatever moves fit the client's goals, from side planking with free weights to boxing with Everlast bags. However, the studio hosts group classes, too. One works primarily on the abs and glutes, toning them and ensuring they don't switch places. Outdoor boot-camp classes, meanwhile, sculpt entire physiques with a blend of cardio, plyometrics, and resistance training.
The sun skips off the top of the crystalline waters of the pool. Heat waves undulate over the ground, and though the trek from the shade of the picnic tables to the pool may seem far, the cool, blue waters more than make up for it. Bergenfield Swim Club's 150-foot L-shaped pool ranges in depth from 3 to 12 feet and boasts two diving boards and an accompanying fenced-in kiddie pool. Around the pool, a sand volleyball court and gas barbecues invite families to stay all day and enjoy the summer sun.
Oak Ale House is an eatery divided in half—one side is a sports bar, and the other is an old-fashioned Italian restaurant. Paintings of Italy hang in the latter section, where families crowd long tables piled high with plates of pasta, pizza, and burgers. The menu unfolds to reveal a mélange of American-Italian staples such as penne in a creamy vodka sauce, and rib-eye steaks that sizzle out the national anthem as they’re cooked. Back in the kitchen, ovens bake thick and thin pizzas to a bubbly golden brown, and grills heat up eight types of hamburgers to sate hamburgervores.
Beyond the guarded border dividing the two establishments lies a sports bar, where frothy brews pour from kegs and live music beckons toes to start tapping. The bar also houses seven flat-screen TVs, billiards, darts, and karaoke on select nights.
ReBar celebrates one of the grandest trinities in the American tradition: burgers, beer, and live music. Starting with 10-ounce Angus beef patties, cooks customize burgers to diners' specifications, or whip up one of their own from a succinct list of specialty burgers. Of course, a dish doesn't have to be a slab of beef between bread to make their menu. Cooks also branch out with Southern-style pulled pork and eight-ounce ribeyes, and roasted pork sandwiches with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. To wash it all down, they turn things over to bartenders, who pour drafts of everything from a selection of 20 craft brews such as Brooklyn Lager and Magic Hat #9 to good ol' Pabst Blue Ribbon. Although ReBar's patio is open for both lunch and dinner, evening meals are often punctuated by musical performances from local bands who enhance the bar's all-American eats with the sounds of wailing electric guitars and rhythms synced to the hoofbeats of Paul Revere's ride.
Caribbean Beach Club’s tanning technicians provide services and access to equipment that negate their clients’ need to sit in the sun in order to obtain a natural glow. The studio's level one, two, or three tanning beds allow guests to brandish a UV-based glow in quick 15 to 20-minute sessions. For a UV-free tan, organic airbrush tanning services apply a darkening formula that mimics the look of a natural tan much better than self-applied creams or constant blushing. The staff also offers anti-aging red light therapy treatments, and stocks a variety of tanning lotions, jewelry, candles, and gifts.