Harlem local Jean Andre Antoine’s passion for videography led him to explore the world of photography, where he brings his eye for movement and cinematography to photo shoots to capture capturing memorable family moments, individual portraits, and elegant boudoir scenes. Each shoot demands Antoine’s full attention as he seeks to put clients at ease, ensuring every session’s images reflect a natural, genuine version of their subjects regardless of the setting, style, or purpose of the shoot. Antoine consults with clients about attire and any concerns they have before the shoot, and encourages subjects to plan ahead for sessions by checking over his list to arrive better prepared than a bomb shelter stocked with 10 years’ worth of Chef Boyardee. Antoine also applies his knowledge of digital retouching to spruce up raw images before handing them over as traditional prints or safely stamped on a CD
Treehouse Sound helps amateur and professional musicians to unleash their creative vision with recording, video, and web services. The 4,000 square-foot state-of-the-art multimedia studio, which has captured the sounds of previous clients such as Gym Class Heroes, The Gaslight Anthem, and Run-DMC, brims with enough gadgetry to make RoboCop swoon. The long list of equipment includes a Pro Tools HD2 system with Waves Mercury plug-ins, microphones including a Neumann U87 and a Shure SM7, and preamps from Neve and Focusrite. Musicians abandon homemade cardboard-box drums and tinfoil guitars for the studio’s high-end instruments, among them Gibson guitars, Slingerland and Tama drums, Ampeg and Fender amps, and an Allan Lawrence upright piano. Knowledgeable staffers can also help to polish albums with arranging, mixing, and mastering services and also dabble in video production and personalized web design.
Snuggled behind a red-trimmed Parisian façade, Alouette French Bistro presents generous portions of contemporary French cuisine. The menu boasts a diverse selection of traditional Gallic proteins peppered with freshly sourced ingredients and unexpected flourishes, exemplified by the Maplecrest free-range chicken and chive pomme purée, slathered in a basting of shiitake and truffle oil. A bumper crop of all-organic fruits and veggies garnishes plates of diver sea scallops and roasted lamb with saffron-spiced fingerling potatoes and savory tomato confit. The wine list overflows with reds, whites, and bubbles from Europe and the New World, while desserts and cordials cap off dinners with dulcet notes of sweetness.
Alouette’s intimacy is enhanced by flowing red curtains, vintage hardwood flooring, and an elegant antique chandelier. Owner Jon Michael Pardo cultivates a high-class, yet low-key atmosphere, plying patrons with elegant meals prepared by a native French chef and delivered by a friendly wait staff. The two-tiered space allows for romantic dining as well as weekly musical performances by local jazz, classical, and washboard-percussion performers.
At Right Angle, owner Pablo Godoy and his staff of skilled artisans complete each framing project in-house at one of three locations. They use museum-quality materials such as anti-reflective glass, Bainbridge cotton, and acid-free mat-boards. Using moulding styles by Larson-Juhl, the shop provides handsome settings for everything from treasured paintings to family heirlooms such as your grandpa's favorite chair.
Charity de Meer was raised on the photos in fashion magazines. Over the years, she developed her own keen sense of alternative fashion—as well as an approach to photography that's led her across the East Coast, and to the Caribbean and South America. Whether shooting portraits, weddings, or magazine covers, Charity adopts a photojournalistic approach to capture intimate moments. She wields her camera as the unnoticed observer instead of constantly directing her subjects on how to pose or pretend a giant spider is above them. Using natural light, color palettes, and creative composition, she captures her subjects in their natural state, whether in a gym's boxing ring or in a field of tall grasses. If desired, she can substitue colors with black and white in post production.
Pixable enables users to create and print artistic photo books using the photos that they and their friends have stored on Facebook with additional content like captions or tagging information. In addition, users can combine photos transferred from Flickr and Picasa accounts or upload them from their hard drive.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.