"The whole world is my garden," author and naturalist Steve Brill told the Los Angeles Times in 2012—and he means that literally. For more than 32 years, the naturalist has been taking groups into the relative wilds of New York City and beyond to find treasures—edible ones—in parks and other public areas. From identifying mushrooms to knowing where medicinal plants are likely to grow, he helps tour-goers open their eyes to wild foods that have always been right in front of them and even provides recipes to help them make the most of their finds.
Lenny Stucker has had a long career in visual mediums, one that’s brought him to the director’s chair at NBC, to Europe as a television program director, and finally to TalentWorks Art Photography as an art photographer. It’s here that Lenny makes his clients look and feel their best by framing them in complementary light and snapping portraits and headshots.
Simplicity Yoga Studio’s gleaming wood floors see a lot of things in an average day. The morning starts with a studio full of students arriving for Vinyasa flow. During class experienced instructors lead them through invigorating postures to challenge and wake them up.
Throughout the day, the cozy studio bustles with students of all skill levels ready for classes that range from intense Cardio Sculpt to gentle stretch sessions that move at a slower pace. On any given day, the studio might also fill with clients eager to learn during a variety of workshops, including four-week introductory sessions where first-timers can learn the basics, kids’ classes where little ones can stretch and play, and teacher training where advanced students can turn their passion into a career. No matter how busy and energetic the day was, it ends with a relaxing candlelight or meditation session to allow students and over-stimulated floors the opportunity to unwind.
The technicians of At Your Best, Inc. focus on Cavi-Lipo. The nonsurgical Cavi-Lipo machine is placed on top of the skin, and releases ultrasonic waves that help dissolve and shrink fat cells. The technician moves the machine's wand across the belly, waist, back, arms, or any other area that could use some slimming or tightening. Over the course of the treatments, the number of which varies from customer to customer, patients often feel healthier and report that their pants fit more flatteringly.
Joseph D'Antona, The Balance Health & Wellness Center's managing director and winner of the Long Island Press's Best Acupuncturist award for 2011, orchestrates a team of talented therapists who garnered a nod from the same publication for 2011's Best Massage. The expert staff designs each of the spa's services to dissipate stress and remove toxins acquired from holding hands with radioactive superheroes. Jaunts in the far-infrared sauna and water-fueled colon-hydrotherapy sessions promote wellness and are just two of the center's 25 salutary treatments. Spa procedures, such as cleansing, exfoliating facials, soothing hot-stone massages, and acoustic-wave cellulite-reduction therapy beautify bodies and promote a sense of deep relaxation. D'Antona takes a holistic approach to improving the health of clients, and he and the staff make communication a priority throughout each guest's treatment experience, unlike doctors who simply flick a dart at a diagnostic chart.
The images and mementos decorating the walls of Professors Diner embody a host of rich memories for owner Kevin "The Professor" Denis. “The walls are the community,” Denis told the Kings Park Patch. Nearly every inch of space is crammed with personal history that takes the form of Denis’s own family photos as well as school pennants donated by local regulars. Vintage Coca-Cola mugs, signs, and clocks mingle with American-flag-clad cows and pictures of the New York Yankees. The food is as eclectic as the decor, running the gamut from old-fashioned french toast to honey-dipped southern fried chicken to greek spinach pies. Diners fill teal booths and sit at the counter in back for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all eight days of the week.