In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of optometrists resides onsite to assess the pupils during comprehensive eye exams.
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.
The cosmetic enhancement professionals at Laser Clinique aesthetically improve the human form with or without sending it under the knife. Nonsurgical solutions to dermal imperfections include laser treatments and microdermabrasion, whereas surgical procedures more dramatically bolster physiques with implants, laser-assisted liposuction, and laser face-lifts.
When Sunita Sadhnani received her graduate degree in kathak dance and classical music back in India, she could have struck out on her own as a professional dancer and musician. Instead, she took her considerable talents to a place far less familiar with the art forms in which she specialized: the United States. She founded Bollyarts and brought aboard a staff of experienced instructors to grant American students insight into Bollywood's colorful, electrifying, and narrative dance moves. There, classes range from classical Indian dance forms such as Bollywood, bhangra, and kathak to the contemporary moves of hip-hop to exercise-focused sessions of yoga and Bollywood fitness. The studio offers its students frequent opportunities to perform locally, in neighboring states, state-shows with Bollywood celebrities, and sometimes both.
Ross Hartman would be hard-pressed to define underachievement. The diligent podiatrist added a class valedictorian crown to his mortarboard when graduating with his doctorate from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, then went on to become a chief podiatric surgical resident at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn. Now working out of his own office, the doctor tends to foot complaints of all stripes, from fractures and warts to sports injuries. Whether he’s easing stress on flat feet or alleviating heel pain, Dr. Hartman always prioritizes communication, ensuring that his patients understand their treatment options and finally grasp why it's rude to eat with your toes.
East Coast MMA & Fitness boasts 6,000 square feet of space, and every inch is dedicated to refining the human body. Students and teachers take to the mats to practice punches, kicks, feints, grapples, and submissions during Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and mixed-martial-arts classes. The gym also has an area stocked with traditional gym equipment such as kettlebells, resistance bands, and treadmills, which participants use to condition their bodies for the functional training and movements.