Founded by husband-and-wife botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden has been a destination of natural beauty for generations of New York residents and beyond.
With spring currently blanketing the city with color, garden staffers spend their days busily preparing for 2014's packed festival season. May brings the sound of popped corks during Wine in the Native Plants Garden, giving guests the chance to take a leisurely tour. The festivities continue in June, when 4,000 blooming flowers herald the beginning of the Rose Garden Celebration. Of course, it's not all delicate flowers. The Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival on Father's Day weekend lets guests celebrate dad with chipper tunes and food samples.
These festive occasions all support the garden's mission is to be "an advocate for the plant kingdom." Much like the Brittons, today's staffers aim to lead the charge to document every species of plant and fungus on the planet. Varied terrains unfurl across its 250 acres, including rolling hills, waterfalls, and 50 acres of the forest that once blanketed New York City. In addition to native plants, rotating exhibitions and family events give visitors a reason to come back every season.
When he was only 7 years old, Tonnie's Minis founder Tonnie Rozier started cooking confections alongside his grandmother. As he grew older, he realized baking was more than a childhood pastime, and went on to found an at-home baking business. By 2005, he had so many orders that he quit his job to field ever-growing requests for his sweets. Soon, Tonnie found himself filling orders for all corners of the Big Apple, ranging from everyday Brooklynites to Jay-Z and P. Diddy. Today, he leads his crew of confectioners in hand-crafting a menu of notable cupcakes that have competed on Food Network's Cupcake Wars and nourished the studio audience of The Wendy Williams Show in the moments after a massive food fight.
The shop’s rotating list of flavors includes signature carrot cupcakes made with hand-peeled organic carrots by Tonnie himself and moist red velvet dainties crowned with cream-cheese icing. As the seasons change, the lineup shifts to incorporate flavors that represent the time of year, such as Halloween cupcakes, colorful dainties for spring, and morsels with the date of Secretary's Day written in their frosting.
As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
The aestheticians at Chen Skincare & Spa fight blemishes and signs of aging with skincare services backed by products from brands such as Dermalogica, and PCA Skin. Chen's signature facial follows a brief skin analysis and freckle Rorschach test with an organic mask that supplements the results of an exfoliation, extraction, and detoxifying massage. Anti-inflammatory gel and an oatmeal mask sing hymns of hydration to delicate epidermises during the sensitive-skin facial, and male clients neutralize razor burn with the deep pore cleansing of the gentlemen's facial. A full-body aromatherapy massage combines natural herb and flower scents with head-to-toe strokes in order to rebalance the body and mind more effectively than log rolling on an abacus does.
Warmly stained hardwood blankets the floor at Chen Skincare & Spa, where neutral-toned walls shut out such noisy outside distractions as ringing cell phones and road rage delivered by Morse code. Whimsical sets of bubble-shaped mirrors reflect the graceful shapes of vases sprouting tall grasses and branches.
Located within The Club of Riverdale's 125,000-square-foot facility, GolfTCR encompasses a staff of PGA-certified professionals, an array of technological teaching aids, 3-D golf simulators, and a pro shop stocked with merchandise in a state-of-the-art complex. Clubbers gain data-based insight into the nuances of their swing, putting motion, or celebratory fist pump with help from the center's Doppler-radar launch monitor, K-Vest swing analysis, V1 Pro video analysis, and Tomi Pro putting analysis, all of which dissect clients' motions with a multitude of sensors that provide tour-worthy precision. The center's aboutGolf simulators reconstruct famous courses from crisp, three-dimensional images, letting golfers drive down the fairways of some of the world's most famous courses. Four hitting bays and a 500-square-foot chipping and putting green further develop all-around skills. Players in need of new clubs can enlist one of the center's expert club fitters or leave club shafts snapped by an ill-fated bout of golf-cart jousting to be repaired by the pro shop.
Thirty years ago, Concerned Dental Care was founded with the philosophy that dentists should concern themselves with people first and foremost. The staff's dedication to their patients fueled the practice's growth, and today a team of dentists and hygienists adheres to that original vision as they set about their work tending to teeth at six different offices.
Friendly advice about oral hygiene accompanies each tooth cleaning. Low-radiation digital x-rays help the staff take a closer look at patients' dental health without shrinking themselves down and taking a hike through clients' molars. Then, the doctors work with their patients to address any problems by poring over the practice's sizable array of treatment options to find the right course of action. In addition to regular dental upkeep, the staff can shine up smiles with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.