With its bright yellow walls speckled with Disney decals and bright stickers, Fun Time Pottery invites artists of all ages and skill levels to work in a cheery, creative atmosphere. During open paint sessions, participants choose a piece of pottery from the overflowing shelves that line the room, using stencils and paints to add their own personal touches to plates, mugs, and figurines. Pottery classes let students delve into the intricacies of clay shaping, with instructors teaching their charges how to bring forth new objects from shapeless lumps of clay, and how much paprika to add to play-doh before it’s edible. After finishing their sculpting, pupils learn how to paint and glaze their works, creating unique keepsakes from start to finish.
Groups of tourists walk past the current dwelling places of some of the area’s notable residents, such as Addison Cairns Mizner, Paul Ilyinsky, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Unlike the case with traditional celebrity-sighting tours, however, all of these men died decades ago. Their spooky hauntings frame the path of Ghosts of Palm Beach’s walking tours, during which knowledgeable guides share local folklore and paranormal encounters. Stops can include everything from Palm Beach Town Hall to high-fashion shops such as Gucci, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, where the ghosts still try to buy handbags for a dollar and two bits.
FastFrame's talented framers and designers elegantly preserve prized art prints, photos, and artifacts with custom frames assembled out of a variety of mouldings and materials. The hard-working staff builds wall-worthy encasements for two- and three-dimensional keepsakes with a speedy turnaround time, enshrining engagement photos in contemporary frames and safeguarding deflated banana boats in snazzy shadow boxes. The seasoned technicians can craft exoskeletons for pictures using standard mats and frames or specialty fabrics and acid-free preservation materials. As a sign of its dedication to exceptional customer service, FastFrame's 30-day guarantee allows for free redesigns within 30 days of sale, along with a lifetime guarantee on structural craftsmanship.
Though it's known for landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square, New York City offers so much more. The "so much more" is what NEWrotic New York City Tours founder Mark Preven wants visitors to experience. Growing up as the son of an airline employee, his passport boasts stamps from all over the world, giving him a greater understanding of how to truly experience a new place and culture as a tourist. With this experience as a world traveler, along with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Big Apple, he puts together unique tours that whisk participants past the requisite attractions and into the cacophonous heart of the real city.
Mark's guided jaunts can take visitors to neighborhoods adorned with graffiti art and Old World religious architecture, or to the water's edges of Roosevelt Island, where guests can see almost all of Midtown Manhattan. One tour traipses to jazz legend Louis Armstrong's home in Queens, while another takes visitors to the American Museum of the Moving Image to learn about the city's history with movie making. Regardless of the tour they choose, participants get to experience the New York that locals live and breathe, making them feel like a native resident, if just for one day.
Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
For Robin London, New York City is more than just a tourist destination—it's home. She's part of a third generation of native New Yorkers, which means her Metro NYC Tours are sprinkled with anecdotes. But the majority of the neighborhood tours' narratives still rest in history.
Robin recounts the escapades of the city's legendary mafia as tour-goers learn about hits, FBI hideouts, killings, and a former opium den on the gang and mob tour. On the Greenwich Village food tour she delves into the diverse—and tasty—cultures of a bohemian hub, which makes stops for everything from pizza to falafel to bike messengers who have the right of way. And she helps guests squeeze the most out of their visit on the all-day tour, which covers ground from Lower Manhattan to Chelsea Market.