Nothing inspires exercisers to keep pushing themselves quite like NYC's majestic skyline view. At Tony Math Training, breathtaking panoramas of the city are a mere fringe benefit of the outdoor boot camps. The real rewards are found in the workouts themselves, which quickly shape long, lean bodies via upbeat and ever-changing workouts. Attendees might rustle battling ropes, toss medicine balls, or lunge and step with resistance bands stretched between their hands like a wad of gum they can't seem to shake. But no matter which moves are on the docket for that day, they can expect high-intensity workouts that never leave them bored.
The warmth of rustic Old World cooking meets the elegance of modern metropolitan living at Circolo45. Executive Chef Daniele Sicuranza leads the kitchen as he and his team create upscale renditions of iconic Italian comfort foods. Beginning with handmade pastas and locally sourced produce, the chefs forge home-style florentine meatballs as well as dishes that showcase a more refined approach, such as spaghetti with decadent black summer truffles and a whole, salt-crusted branzino served with sautéed vegetables. Surrounded by a setting that features brown leather banquettes, orange and gray walls, and tables custom-built from distressed wood according to The Village Voice, diners can enjoy their meals with a bottle or glass from the restaurant's six-page wine list, which predominantly features Italian producers, yet still includes selections from California, New York, Oregon, and the wine-spewing geysers of Washington State.
A Platinum and Gold winner in the window-treatment category of the Awards for Design Excellence, The Shade Store lets customers pick from a plethora of custom options to design handcrafted window coverings. Choose from seven types of sheer solar shades to block 90%–97% of UV rays (30”x54”; $157+) from rooms, or rig log-cabin peepholes with rustic hobbled woven wood shades woven together from bamboo, reeds, and grass scavenged from discarded hula skirts (30”x54”; $117+). Patrons can also customize cascading pleats with 3/4-inch fabric borders, choosing from eight colors plus lining and control options.
Instead of setting up shop inside a brick-and-mortar building, Classtivity stretches its fitness-bestowing reach throughout five cities, inviting people to burn calories, tone muscles, or find inner peace—all on their own schedule. Students simply search for the type of class they wish to take, such as yoga, cardio dance, or strength training, along with the time, price range, and location, before booking it online. With hundreds of activities and 20,000 available classes, the right class is always just around the corner. The company even includes classes in artistic pursuits such as guitar and painting. Classtivity’s CEO and founder Payal Kadakia sums up the business’s philosophy succinctly: “Because finding a class shouldn’t be harder than taking one.”
Carter Kustera's hand-painted works of art have been exhibited internationally as a part of U2's PopMart Tour and the national branding for Barneys CO-OP and Jonathan Adler stores. Carter Kustera's requirements ask that customers send an image of the person, pet, or perfectly portioned deli sandwich to undergo artistic apotheosis as a minimalistic outline emblazoned in black, red, light blue, light pink, kelly green, or lavender. Each individualized portrait is ensnared within the permeable pores of hot-press paper with gouache brushstrokes, a more opaque form of watercolor that appears richer and more reflective than other diluted dyes. Customize your silhouetted self-image with your choice of caption to verbally embody your personality or confuse viewers by epitomizing someone else's.
There’s no sign at the entrance to 151, but that’s not to say it isn’t marked—various graffiti tags color the door to this inconspicuous basement bar. Once inside, patrons are greeted with a scene befitting the bar’s below-ground digs. A handful of votives cast a dim glow on cement floors covered with Oriental-style rugs, and beaded curtains section off booths cushioned by tufted black vinyl. The cocktails bear monikers fitting of their dark environs: the Painkiller is a blend of golden rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, and Rosemary’s Baby mixes pear vodka with rosemary syrup and fresh lime. Though the bar is dark, it’s certainly not dreary. Happy hour runs until 10 p.m. nightly, and on Sundays, the anti-brunch pairs bottomless mimosas and breakfast margaritas with complimentary self-serve bacon.