Originally called the Austin, this vintage 1930s theater has seen several ups and downs in its history, from years as a second-run double-feature house to a red-tinted stint that got it shut down by the city. In its current incarnation, the Kew Gardens Cinemas flaunts restored art-deco flair alongside modern projectors and molar-rocking surround sound. Stadium seating and a fully stocked concession stand further complement current flicks by granting every set of eyes a great view and every set of dental braces something to hold during scary scenes. Swing by the theater with a friend to snack on your own small popcorns (a $5 value each) and sip sodas (a $3.50 value each) while enjoying a vintage movie-viewing experience that beats watching Betamax tapes on your Great Uncle Vinnie's 1978 Zenith.
Having set up camp at The Mount Brace Outdoor Club and Flight Park, Let’s Go Paragliding sends its students skyward under the guidance of owner Benoit Bruneau. A certified instructor, Benoit was named the 2010 paragliding instructor of the year by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. At his facility, Benoit oversees introductory paragliding lessons, and for more advanced students, tandem flights, personal training, and training programs. Let’s Go Paragliding also stocks high-quality paragliding equipment and gear.
At Mataheko Restaurant and Lounge, chefs boil and grind cassava, yams, and plantains to make thick, doughy base known as fufu, one of the staple foods in West African cuisine. African tradition inspires many of the dishes here, including the Caribbean-style curry goat and oxtails. There's also vegetarian fare, such as the yams and black-eyed peas accompanied by fried plantains. The kitchen cooks up breakfast all day, so you can indulge yourself with customizable omelets, waffles, African pancakes, or Tony the Tiger impressions whatever time you come in. Fresh papaya, cappuccino, and passion fruit smoothies round out the drink menu.
As a native of the Dominican Republic, Claudette Munné loves merengue beats—but as classical pianists, she and her husband Massimiliano Facchini also cherish traditional piano pieces by European composers. To celebrate these dual passions, the pair arranged a series of fresh, merengue takes on old classics, a project that resulted in a sold-out two-piano show at Carnegie Hall and an interview with NBC.
Revamping traditional piano music isn't the couple's only collaboration, however. They also worked together to found Belle Arti Center for the Arts, a music school that caters mainly to children. Their toddler classes focus on training young ears and building a sense of rhythm that moves beyond freestyle clapping. During private lessons, they train students on instruments from the guitar and violin to woodwinds. Their classes follow a semester schedule, with each semester session culminating in a recital for family and friends.
Usher yourself into one of Cinemart’s five screens, each boasting 100-plus seats and a Dolby Digital sound system, and let the flickering phantasm of film whisk you away from reality. Movies, like jogging addicts, run daily—put your ticket toward features such as Inception or The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is based on the best-selling novel. As you look for imperfections on the faces of those onscreen, munch on a small popcorn and sip a small soda, while enjoying unlimited free refills on your drink.
Originally a Loews theater, Alpine Cinemas in Brooklyn first opened its doors to the public on June 6, 1921. It was the golden age of silent film, when movie theaters were palaces, moving pictures were a thrilling novelty, and spoken language had yet to be invented. Today, the Bay Ridge multiplex retains much of its old-timey charm, its towering fa?ade covered with ornate architectural terra-cotta designs. Inside, visitors of all ages munch on popcorn and sip sodas as they watch indie films, summer blockbusters, and 3D epics on eight different screens.