Things To Do In Long Island City

"Pirate Pete's Parrot" or "Princess Particular" for Two at The Secret Theatre Through December 20 (Up to 49% Off)

"Princess Particular" or "Pirate Pete's Parrot"

The Secret Theatre

Audience interaction, musical numbers, and crazy characters ignite kids’ imaginations in a black-box theater space

$29.34 $15

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Admission for Two to Every 2014 Show at Laughing Devil Comedy Club (Up to 90% Off)

Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Laughing Devil Comedy Club

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Queens club stocks each show with three to six standups from TV, film, and the local comedy scene

$500 $50

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Bleep! Standup Show for One, Two, or Four at 8 p.m. at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club (Up to 58% Off)

Ashley Strand presents Bleep!

Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Some of New York City’s edgiest comedians perform uncensored material during unadulterated standup event

$15 $7

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Three or Six Kickboxing Classes at CKO Kickboxing (Up to 73% Off)

CKO Kickboxing

Astoria

Classes emphasize fitness over martial arts as beginners land punches, kicks, and knees on weighted heavy bags

$60 $19

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$495 for $900 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Power Move Wellness & Nutrition

Power Move Wellness & Nutrition

Long Island City

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$900 $495

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Simply Fit Astoria (Up to 66% Off)

Simply Fit Astoria

Astoria

Exercisers get fit and have fun in group classes such as Zumba, Piloxing, and Fit N Fierce

$140 $49

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Museum Tour and Four-Course Cooking Class for One or Two at Heritage Museum of Epirus (Up to 56% Off)

Heritage Museum of Epirus

Astoria

Explore a museum full of Epirus culture; cooking classes are organized by ETHOS Performing Arts and are held Saturdays and Sundays

$100 $49

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing East Elmhurst (Up to 88% Off)

Kickboxing East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst

Punch, kick, and jab your way to fitness, reduce stress, and learn self-defense in these calorie-burning kickboxing classes

$90 $13

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Eight or Sixteen Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at The Rock Tae Kwon Do (Up to 71% Off)

The Rock Tae Kwon Do

East Elmhurst

Students of all ages develop confidence, respect, and discipline as they master the traditional Korean martial art of tae kwon do

$60 $21

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90-Minute Painting Class for One or Two or 5 or 10 Customized Classes for One at Artmazing Studio (Up to 45% Off)

Artmazing Studio

Multiple Locations

Classes lead students step-by-step through creating a full painting; sessions cover any desired artistic styles with choice of piece

$50 $28

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One Foundations Course and One Month of Unlimited Classes for One or Two at Crossfit Dynamix (Up to 50% Off)

Crossfit Dynamix

Ditmars Steinway

Certified CrossFit coaches lead functional fitness routines filled with body-weight exercises, weightlifting drills, and cardio challenges

$185 $99

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Appetizers, Beer, and Pool for Two or Four at Break Bar & Billiards (Half Off)

Break Bar & Billiards

Astoria

Sports bar features 18 beers on top, a full-service kitchen, 15 true HD big-screen TVs, and games such as billiards and table tennis

$40 $20

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5 or 10 Children's or Adults' Mixed Martial Arts Classes at American Top Team Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 71% Off)

American Top Team Mixed Martial Arts

College Point

Martial arts instructors teach groups of children or adults effective self-defense techniques

$200 $59

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at TOPshape Health & Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

TOPshape Health & Fitness

College Point

Boutique fitness center owned by sisters hosts Zumba, Pound, TRX, bootcamp, hip hop cardio fitness classes, and many more

$120 $49

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$129 for Five Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Queens ($298 Value)

CrossFit Queens

Astoria

Intense, varied, functional exercises help clients build strength and stamina in a competitive and encouraging environment

$298 $129

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All-Day Party-Supply Rentals at Carnival Parties (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Carnival Parties

Maspeth

Party add-ons range from carnival games to live magicians; all-day rental packages include a bounce house or a tent, tables, and chairs

$200 $99

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited TRX, Kettlebell, Boxing, & Yoga Classes at Invest In Your Body ($175 Value)

Invest in your Body

Corona, Queens

Group classes include TRX suspension training, cardio boxing, and yoga

$175 $49

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Three-Hour Beginner Cooking Class for One or Two at CookSingleNYC (Up to 55% Off)

CookSingleNYC

Long Island City

Prepare two full dinners and learn to manage your kitchen in a relaxed environment and cook for yourself in small-group cooking class

$100 $50

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$38 for $120 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Boxing and Kickboxing Classes

Boxing And Kickboxing Classes

Long Island City

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$120 $38

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At Winegasm Bar & Eatery, patrons poke fun at New York's smoking ban with cigars made of cheese. The menu’s housemade ricotta and feta sticks contribute delicious class to the venue's already-elegant setting: a long dining room replete with wooden shelving that features individual niches for wine bottles. At one end of the space, metal grating spirals into a curlicued design to decorate a tall archway, and the other end ensconces tables in a small alcove of exposed brick topped with a wide mirror. But it's the centerpiece of the room—a sprawling table with more than 12 chairs—that most embodies the eatery's aim of enabling shared stories, hosting communal bites, and encouraging angry juries to really consider all the evidence.

Time Out New York mentions the "sexy little winecentric spot" as an ideal place for splitting small plates. Its Mediterranean-style tapas include bacon-wrapped prunes and steamed mussels, savory openers for burgers or paninis. Also on the roster are platters of prosciutto and gruyere, specialty pizzetas, and fondue—both cheese and chocolate. Given the restaurant's name, however, many guests immediately dive into the wine list for libations from Europe and beyond, using a legend to discern if bottles are organic, made locally, or prepped sustainably. Diners can also sip cocktails and beers as well as reds and whites, tuning in to live music from area artists on Thursdays.

31-86 37th Street
New York,
NY
US

Aromas of saffron rice, melting manchego cheese, and oxtail drift into the two-level dining area as chef Ricardo Cardona prepares Dominican fusion fare in the kitchen. Cardona helms six restaurants, including Hudson River Cafe, Sofrito, 809, Sazon, and Manolito's, and Mama Juana in New York and Florida, in addition to hosting Que Comemos Hoy, a cooking show for the Dominican Republic. His Nuevo Latin cooking style has drawn celebrities to his restaurants including Chief Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, the New York Yankees, and Oscar de la Renta. At Gabbana, Cardona develops his own interpretation of Dominican fare, crafting dishes such as the calamari with creole tomato sauce and lemon garlic aioli, or the Chilean sea bass with a papaya ginger glaze, and noting that "anybody can cook rice and beans—what I try to do is I try to invent something that's never been done before."

In the dining room, metallic pendant lamps cast a warm glow over hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and a wooden stair case leading up to the second-floor dining area, where leather booths sit under timber ceilings. Stationed behind the smooth stone counter top of the fully stocked bar, which houses an extensive selection of rums and wines from Latin America and Spain, bartenders mix craft cocktails while DJs spin tunes to match the satisfied samba of chomping teeth.

107-11 Northern Boulevard
New York,
NY
US

"Tough, but doable." That's how ACE- and AFAA-certified trainer Tara Faye described her teaching style to GoRecess Playground in July 2012, nearly two months after becoming the sole owner of PNT Fitness. There, she and her staff lead high intensity and high energy classes such as Insane Kickbox Camp, Sweat Shop, and A Vicious Cycle, which uses Schwinn stationary bikes. For more communal workouts, they also host a monthly Workout & Wine class that allows exercisers to hang out with their classmates and bench-press barrels of wine after class, a feature that got the class a shout out as one of CBS New York's 6 Best Fitness Classes for a New Year's Resolution. And although PNT Fitness' group classes have received most of the press, the studio also offers personal training that includes nutrition counseling, toning, and agility training as part of a personalized training program.

10-68 Jackson Ave, 2nd Fl
Long Island City,
NY
US

Heavy bags the size of tree trunks hang from the ceiling of Urban Jungle’s indoor workout room. Along with the pull-up bars that stretch across the space like steely vines, they do the gym’s name justice and make for an effective—if sometimes grueling—workout. Brick walls and a spray-painted logo also contribute to the gym’s urban aesthetic, though students hardly have time to reflect on the decor as they advance through a series of pushups, dips, and pull-ups. The team of trainers designs each fitness program with functional muscle movements in mind, and each of their three-week boot-camp challenges draws on up to 1,000 of those dynamic motions to make every aspect of urban life easier, from sprinting after cabs to lifting them over traffic jams.

Trainers also prepare bodies for self-defense with martial-arts classes that extract the practical fitness elements from weapon- or hand-based fighting disciplines. Three different methods of the Atienza Family System—a Filipino martial art—teach students how to deal with multiple attackers, and cardio-kickboxing classes draw on the principles of muay thai kickboxing to strike fear into calories.

5012 72nd St
Woodside,
NY
US

"I am on a quest to create super-humans out of mere mortals,? declares Justin Cotler, owner of Crossfit Dynamix. He doesn?t earn a living by simply painting capital s?s on unitards; instead, he helps athletes soar to new fitness plateaus inside a brick-lined gym filled with medicine balls, heavy ropes, and giant tires.

Backed by a staff of certified CrossFit coaches, he motivates clients to run faster during sprinting drills and add spring to their steps during challenging plyometrics. Olympic lifting moves such as rack jerks and push presses strengthen the upper body more effectively than hoisting one?s boss in the air to celebrate a raise. Bodyweight exercises performed on pull-up bars, gymnastics rings, and floor mats bolster strength, flexibility, and coordination. The workouts can be customized to many ages and fitness levels, including absolute beginners, elite athletes, senior citizens, and school-age children. To help clients melt stress while building long, lean muscles, the gym also offers yoga classes for all skill sets.

36-05 20th Ave.
Astoria,
New York
US

From the outside, it's a humble former school?but step through the century-old structure's doors, and you'll find an always-changing exhibition spotlighting some of today's leading creators of visual art. MoMA PS1 is among the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, and it's been championing the newest works, artists, genres, and pronunciations of "gouache" since its founding in 1971.

While a shifting kaleidoscope of paintings, photographs, films, and sculptures fills the halls, a few pieces have found a more permanent home at the museum. Visitors can stop by to see works such as A bit of matter and a little bit more, which Lawrence Weiner painted on the doors at PS1's first exhibition; William Kentridge's Stair Procession, which has been waiting for the elevator since 2000; and In the Woods by Ernesto Caivano, an immersive landscape created from paint and paper.

22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave, Long Island City
New York,
NY
US

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