The New Jersey Jackals, who play at Yogi Berra Stadium, are a professional baseball team in the independent Canadian American League. These bright diamond dogs could be tomorrow's pros; former members who have found success in the majors include Oakland A's pitcher Craig Breslow and New York Mets southpaw Raul Valdes. From the box-seat section, you’ll be close enough to smell the freshly cut grass and hear the catcher tell anecdotes about iron lungs.
Having experienced professional fights firsthand, the instructors at The MMA University know what it takes to get a body ready for the ring: hard work and a focused approach. But they also know how to make their training philosophy fun and approachable for newcomers and young students. Kids’ classes include Brazilian jiu jitsu, which welcomes martial arts first-timers with grappling-only sessions that channel superabundant youthful energy while helping shyer kids discover their athletic passion. The kids’ MMA program begins to safely introduce striking techniques through the fundamentals of wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing in addition to jiu jitsu.
The gym is lined with heavy bags, jump ropes, and body balls, but it’s the spacious floor mat that takes center stage in most classes, emphasizing the importance of engaging actual sparring partners. Men and women who aren’t necessarily training for the ring can jump into Combat Cardio, an intense and widely varied workout that incorporates all of the above equipment, along with resistance bands, kettle bells, and medicine balls.
Pick your weapon—saber, foil, or epee—and take your stance. National Fencing-NFA can teach you how to wield all three like a master with sport-fencing lessons and camps designed to build muscle memory, sharpen defensive instincts, and impart advanced techniques. Fencers from National Fencing-NFA who wield these skills in their sparring matches have gone on to compete in national championships and Fencing World Cups. For those who prefer to keep their fighting recreational, fencing can help hone reflexes, speed, and flexibility—all important qualities for the next time you meet a dragon in a dark alley.
The menu has a mixture of traditional Italian spiced up with contemporary options as well from the various regions. Everything is made in-house from the rigatoni to the tiramisu. Owner Mondo Zelaya never compromises on the quality and purity of his ingredients. This creates the concentration and intensity of flavors.
Whether you're locking eyes with one of his tiger portraits or attending his pencil-drawing class, one can't help but ask: how does Jerry Winick find the time? His own artwork alone is an exercise in patience, as his pencil drawings can take up to three months to finish. They capture animal faces and Brooklyn streets with striking detail and clarity, so much so that people often believe they're looking at photographs. But, in addition to sketching out these award-winning snapshots, Jerry also runs Pencilworks Studio, a venue for burgeoning artists to mingle and learn.
Here, he leads classes in his chosen medium—pencil—for both children and adults. His personalized instructions help students reproduce a photo on paper, all without tracing or resorting to the Xerox machine they've hidden under their shirt. The studio hosts other workshops as well, helmed by Jerry's daughter Michelle and other professional artists. Depending on their area of expertise, instructors can teach guests how to work with watercolors or experiment with different cartooning techniques. Michelle also arranges birthday painting parties for kids, which supply enough materials for everyone to make an original piece. The staff can even travel to offices and oversee team-building art exercises that yield a collaborative painting.
Did you know that dress shoes should rest for 24 hours between each wearing? Or that dry-cleaning chemicals can actually damage the fabric of oxford shirts? The team at Sarar does—with nearly 70 years in the menswear industry, they've become experts on the subject. The brand started as a single tailoring shop in Turkey in 1944, and has since grown to a global operation that's sold in 49 countries on five continents. It's gained in popularity over the years, thanks to an adherence to modern styles; the current selection includes slim-fit suits, sport coats and oxford shirts in bold colors, as well as fashion-forward outerwear such as velvet pea coats. To complete your wardrobe, Sarar offers shoes, ties, and other formalwear accessories, including diamond-encrusted burger spatulas.