Carnivals aren't the only place you can lick a snow cone or sink your teeth into a cloud of cotton candy. Thanks to Carnival Parties, event hosts can rent these concessions and other classic amenities for any occasion. The company's carnival games, for example, range from a beanbag toss to Tip-A-Troll, and its team of performers includes magicians and clowns. Meanwhile, a rainbow-hued inflatable bounce castle ensconces tots in a cushy space where they can safely leap and play.
Colorful lights, live music, and the smell of churrasco beckon passersby into Andres Carne De Tres, where chefs recreate the bold flavors of South America. Appetizers, such as empanadas dunked in a housemade sauce and guacamole made tableside, kick off meals before the real treat: platefuls of pork loin, skirt steak, chicken, ribs and fresh seafood—all cooked Colombian style. Patrons can order their own individual helpings from the menu—which includes items such as paella and chicken-and-mushroom crepes—or share a Tejarrilla Andres platter packed with enough Colombian chorizo and smoked pork ribs for two people or one pet bear. As the night rolls on, the dance floor tempts guests out of their seats with neon lights and live music crooned from a nearby stage.
Maspeth Kickboxing crafts results-oriented workouts that push athletes to their limit so they can achieve their fitness goals. Workouts blend cardio vascular, strength, endurance, and flexibility training so clients can lose weight, get toned, and get stronger. In addition, Maspeth Kickboxing offers kids tae kwon do classes aimed at teaching youngsters the basics, while focusing on respect, discipline, and listening skills.
Althea White grew up athletic, honing her physique and competitor's edge in team sports including soccer and lacrosse. When the time came to leave behind her high-school extracurriculars and pursue a college education, she found herself torn between pursuing her passion for fitness and her career choice of orthopedic surgery. Her studies led her to a marriage of the two, and she left school with a degree in movement science. To help others make fitness a priority, she became a personal trainer, picking up a number of other fitness certifications along the way. She eventually stepped away from larger health clubs to start her own business.
Now, as the trainer, owner, and motivational force behind Alpha Omega Fitness, Althea combines elements of weight training, Pilates, yoga, and TRX suspension training into full-body sculpting regimens. She starts each relationship with an in-depth examination of her clients' health history, eating habits, and fitness goals, helping her customize her exercise prescriptions. Then, she and her trainees embark on an aggressive quest to attain those goals through one-on-one training sessions that are more safe and effective than chasing semi-trucks down the highway.
The instructors at Curves Studio lead fitness classes designed to disguise workouts with fun. They lead Latin-dance-based Zumba classes to upbeat music along with Be Moved sessions. They also offer yoga and Pilates classes for more traditional muscle-building workouts.
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.