For many, the depths of the world's oceans and lakes are places so unfamiliar they might as well be on another planet. For the team of experienced, thrill-seeking instructors at Adventure Scuba, however, they're just another place to explore. With one of these coaches for each three to four students on a pool dive, the PADI Five-Star IDC center leads any student aged 10 years and older into the underwater world through various classes focused on hands-on instruction. A PADI open-water certification course uses the controlled environment of the center's 90 degree pool to introduce basic equipment use and techniques, giving students the skills necessary to continue their training in local waters or recreate Jacques Cousteau's bachelor party.
In the warmer months, the center also offers a range of specialty dive certifications, such as advanced and rescue diving; it also hosts year-round classroom courses in Enriched Air Diving, CPR and first aid. Though Adventure Scuba provides much of its training equipment to students at no additional cost, its dive shop sells essential diving gear by manufacturers such as Oceanic, Henderson and ScubaPro.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.
Owner Doug Gatanis and his business partner Zach Rubin both spent years playing soccer as youths, but it wasn’t until the pair met through a local soccer coach they realized their mutual plight: there were no serious soccer retailers operating in New York. That simple motivation has led to Upper 90 Soccer and Sport, the Upper West Side’s premier soccer outfitter and home of all things futbol. The store opened in September 2009 and has quickly expanded to two other locations, with the original Amsterdam Avenue location stocking all manner of soccer footwear, equipment and apparel, including professional team jerseys. Upper 90 even boasts flat screen TVs that constantly show games, and invites their regulars to grab a chair to catch the action themselves.
Located inside a doorman apartment building on the Upper East Side, Yorkville Tennis Club hosts matches in climate-controlled luxury. A bubble protects the two full-sized courts year-round, ensuring guests' comfort as they serve and volley atop the same Deco Turf used in the U.S. Open. Locker rooms with showers make it easy to clean up after a match, and a small pro shop with racquet-stringing services helps keep equipment in shape. Pee-wee leagues and youth classes help kids ages 3 to 17 build tennis skills, self confidence, and healthy bodies; for older students, private lessons and adult clinics offer a chance to master specific techniques under expert instruction.
A 2013 Talk of the Town award-winner, Samar Spa makes a fashion statement with a sleek, white interior accented by popping red hues. The futuristic, minimal d?cor includes a pod-like receptionist station and mirror as well as shampoo bowls managed by robot butlers who will happily wax eloquent on the spa's offerings, from Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy to mani-pedis, Guinot facials, and threading. Owner Samar Elsayegh and her team continually pursue further education in the beauty industry to stay abreast of its ever-evolving techniques.
Since 1969, Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters has been importing fatigues and accessories from the military branches of more than 26 countries. Russian gas masks, Canadian desert boots, and WWII-era British army helmets sit alongside an inventory of brand-new outdoor gear, including GPS units, tents, and sleeping ponchos. All these utilitarian collectibles occupy a cavernous 400,000-square-foot warehouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a prominent celebrity pacifist.:m]]