Having accrued 15 years of teaching experience, the staff members at Tennis Innovators prioritize exciting instruction and curriculums over barraging students with volley after volley. They appreciate the challenge of holding a child's interest and create fun drills for junior pupils, who can begin to learn racket-swinging techniques as early as age 3. The QuickStart and JuniorExtreme programs act as intriguing introductions to the sport for adolescents and work on improving their coordination, mobility, and athleticism, both on and off the court. In fact, they don't require a court to host their afterschool programs and will adapt lessons to fit any suitable space, such as a gymnasium or the least occupied patch of an in-use baseball diamond.
Classes aren't just for children—the staff hosts adult sessions aimed at improving overall game play and fitness in a supportive environment for fully formed humans of all skill levels. Staffers also lend their management expertise to neighborhood tennis clubs, providing guidance for hiring and training processes, court maintenance, and marketing.
From its prime location in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park Bike Shop outfits visitors with a pair of rental wheels for cruising to the city’s nearby attractions. The shop rents out bicycles suited for both adults and children as well as tandem bikes—perfect for taking a romantic ride through the park or chaining up outside your apartment to prove you have friends. For those already in possession of a bicycle, the expert mechanics on-staff perform tune-ups that include adjustments, lubrication, and cleaning of all major components.
Central Park Sightseeing matches riders with the proper transport or tour for exploring the 843 acres and 47 miles of scenic pathways that make Central Park famous. Park explorers can select from more than 150 new basket-equipped bikes for men, women, and children in a bevy of styles, such as hybrids for comfortable cruises, mountain bikes for tackling the park?s hills, and tandems that seat two riders or one cardio-savvy centaur. Tour guides piloting pedicabs convey visitors around the park while bestowing pearls of wisdom concerning the area?s history, including which famous movie scenes were filmed in the park and where. Some of Central Park?s more popular attractions, horse carriages take passengers on a relaxed trip through the trees and streets. For visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Central Park Sightseeing also offers walking tours led by guides that are well-versed in pop culture, park history, and the process in which baby squirrels hatch from their eggs.
Tourists and natives alike perch atop rental bikes from Blazing Saddles’ impressive fleet, pedaling down New York City's Greenway Bike Path and thoroughfares on adventures that combine exercise and sightseeing. Cyclists select from an array of comfort cruisers, 24-speed performance hybrids, and mountain bikes outfitted with the thick tread and front suspension necessary to support their riders and the mountain goats that often cling to them. Complimentary helmets and locks accompany each rental, along with detailed maps criss-crossed with routes for self-guided tours. Alternatively, three-hour guided tours of the Brooklyn Bridge area or Central Park give bikers a more structured touring experience.
Consistently considered one of New York City’s best bike shops, Toga Bike Shop has been doing business in New York since 1967. Now with three stores in the greater New York region, Toga still keeps its emphasis on service. The mechanics at the Upper West Side Toga location take pride in the level of attention they bring to bike assembly, and are routinely available to fix your bike’s mechanical problems, make fit adjustments and suggest gear upgrades. The store carries Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, Bianchi and Guru rides as well, along with mountains of bicycle accessories from inside the clean, if cluttered space. Mountain, road and triathlon bikes are all represented well, and the ongoing commitment to fitness is matched by the enthusiastic sales staff on hand.