A climber slowly ascends a steep rockface, supporting all his weight on the smallest of footholds. Ignoring the heights, he searches for another place to grasp, finding purchase on an oval stone. His final step to the top rewards him with the thrilling satisfaction of beating the beastly incline and views of children running across the floor.
Carabiner's Indoor Climbing rock gym, one of the tallest in New England, brings the sport of rock scaling to urban residents. Walls that range from 15- to 65-feet tall grant visitors of all skill levels climbing routes that strengthen muscles, improve body awareness, and serve as a training ground for the NYPD’s Spider-Man division.
Certified climbers start visitors on their paths to climbing autonomy with personal belay classes that cover basics and safety tips. The gyms also offer grounded fitness with weekly yoga classes.
Housed inside a handsome red-brick building, Buttonwood Dental’s experienced dentist and hygienists protect pearly whites with an arsenal of preventative and cosmetic solutions. During routine exams, the dentist scours teeth for signs of plaque, tartar, and pixie dust left behind by hasty fairies. Digital x-rays probe enamel to check for improper alignment or nascent cavities that the dentist can patch up before aesthetic damage occurs. An in-office Sinsational Smile teeth-whitening treatment visibly brightens teeth with LED-activated whitening gel, and dental implants replace glued-on Chiclets with a more permanent solution. Buttonwood Dental also specializes in pediatric dentistry, root canals, and veneers.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
In 1927, Jack Cohen had a vision. Packing a pushcart full of high-quality frames, he began to sell fashionable spectacles to his fellow merchants along New York City's Orchard Street. After expanding into a small shop on a Lower East Side corner, that humble little cart has since evolved into more than 100 retail outlets known as Cohen's Fashion Optical, where customers fortify their eyesight with a range of acuity-boosting products and services. Rows of frames boast the signature contours of several designer brands, including Tag Heuer, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, and Gucci. In the onsite lab, opticians craft brand-new, custom lenses, including ones that self-adjust to different lighting conditions. Meanwhile, licensed optometrists help renew prescriptions and ensure ocular health during eye exams that measure eye coordination, refraction, and the curvature of the cornea, a concept originally discovered by Ferdinand Magellan when he looked through the wrong end of his spyglass.
Incandescent fish, turtles, and dolphins illuminate the underwater-themed wonder worlds of Oceans 18’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and two lanes of mini bowling that provide indoor fun year-round. Oceans 18 keeps links-lovers entertained with a full-size golf simulator while mini bowling promises all the fun of the alley without the hassle of wearing rental shoes or a bedazzled bowling glove. Patrons can also carry on their competitive spirit in Oceans 18’s extensive arcade.
Lance Soares' Family Martial Arts Center teaches karate, fighter fit, and mixed martial arts self-defense to students of all ages, specializing in classes for kids and teens. Its motivational children's classes use karate and martial-arts techniques to help youngsters hone their motor skills, coordination, and self-discipline. The adult and teen classes teach the fundamentals of kenpo karate, with kicks, jabbing punches, and combo moves. For an added treat, the center hosts kids' birthday parties, complete with karate training, cake, and games such as Freeze Tag or Pin the Tail on Jackie Chan.