Things To Do in New York

"Tamburlaine the Great" at Theatre for a New Audience on December 22 Through January 4 (Up to 52% Off)

"Tamburlaine the Great"

Theatre for a New Audience

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Battles and rivalries abound in Marlowe’s epic drama of conquest, directed by a four-time Olivier winner and starring an Obie winner

$82 $39

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Two-Hour Painting Class for One, Two or Four People at Tipsy Crafts (Up to 55% Off)

Tipsy Crafts

Multiple Locations

Engaging instructors help customers paint their own predetermined masterpiece while they sip cocktails in a laid-back, fun-centered setting

$60 $29

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$25 for the Buffalo Bisons Beer-Tasting Event at Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field on December 27 ($49.99 Value)

Buffalo Bisons: Beer Tasting Event

Coca-Cola Field

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Craft brewers offer samples alongside complimentary finger foods at Pettibones Grille inside Coca-Cola Field

$49.99 $25

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$15 for Premium 100-Level Seats to a Rochester Americans Home Game on January 2, 7, or 10 ($30.65 Value)

Rochester Americans

Blue Cross Arena

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After three straight playoff trips, the Amerks skate through the 2014–15 season with their sights set on a seventh franchise Calder Cup

$30.65 $15

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Equalize Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Equalize Fitness

Hastings/Yonkers Border

Participants tone muscle during high-energy cardio classes or strength-training classes

$100 $20

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"Lennon: Through a Glass Onion" at Union Square Theatre, Performances December 19–January 11 (Up to 55% Off)

"Lennon: Through a Glass Onion"

Union Square Theatre

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Actor and singer John R. Waters embodies John Lennon in an intimate show featuring beloved songs by the Beatle

$96.95 $44.50

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"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on January 27 (Up to 30% Off)

"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody"

The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater

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Live-action comedy takes a stab at the bestselling adult novel and pop culture phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey

$48.55 $34

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$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$91.96 $44

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Urban Survival and Citizen Preparedness Training Session for 1, 2, or 4 at Wilderness Survival (Up to 54% Off)

Urban Survivor

Multiple Locations

Urban survival course covers essential skills to help prepare for different emergencies or natural disasters

$75 $36

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or One-Year Membership at YogaSpa (Up to 76% Off)

YogaSpa

Elmsford

Instructors lead hot yoga, sunrise Vinyasa, and bootcamp classes with a focus on mindfulness and overall wellbeing

$190 $49

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$350 for a Four-Hour Private Fishing Charter for Up to Six People from Sound Bound Fishing Charters ($475 Value)

Sound Bound Fishing Charters

New Rochelle

Captain Brendan Lorino provides all the supplies you and your group need to reel in a successful catch

$475 $350

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Standup-Comedy Show at Rockwells American Restaurant Through January 31 at 9 p.m. (Up to 87% Off)

Rockwells American Restaurant

Rockwells American Restaurant

Every week, three comedians entertain guests dining on hearty American cuisine such as gorgonzola-bacon burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches

$20 $4

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Martial-Arts Birthday for Up to 15 or Personal Training and Gym Membership to Kelevra Krav Maga (Up to 74% Off)

Kelevra Krav Maga

Multiple Locations

Kids revel in birthday festivities; adults meet with certified trainers to create custom fitness routines based on their individual goals

$325 $84

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Harlem Globetrotters Game on February 2, 2015 at Utica Memorial Auditorium (Up to 51% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Utica Memorial Auditorium

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$48.85 $24

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One- or Three-Month Dance Class at DeNapoli's Dance Center (Up to 68% Off)

DeNapoli's Dance Center

Brentwood

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$120 $39

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Two or Four Youth Group Swim Lessons at Avantis Swimming Academy at JCC (Up to 58% Off)

Avantis Swimming Academy at JCC

Jewish Community Center

Certified instructors develop proper swimming techniques in kids 4–14 inside a junior Olympic-size pool

$58 $29

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Piloting Experience for One or New York City Helicopter Tour for Two from Wings Air Helicopters (48% Off)

Wings Air Helicopters

West Harrison

Instructors supervise as students try their hand at flying helicopters themselves; tours provide aerial views of NYC sights as the sun sets

$288 $149

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Project turning point (67% Off)

Project Turning Point

Hempstead

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 $5

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Two Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 63% Off)

Kempo Martial Arts Dojos

Multiple Locations

Get fit while mastering the self-defense techniques and skill sets of karate across a two-month period in up to seven classes per week

$100 $39

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Two-Hour Winemaking Class for Two with 2.5- or 5-Gallon Kit and Pizza at Lake Ontario Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Lake Ontario Winery

Multiple Locations

Visitors learn to make wine and get a kit to take home; the class also includes wine tasting and gourmet pizza

$154 $75

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Rusted Root with Hypnotic Clambake and Skypilot at The Rapids Theatre on Wednesday, December 31 (Up to 50% Off)

Rusted Root with Hypnotic Clambake and Sky Pilot

The Rapids Theatre

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Popular fusion music act rings in 2015 alongside fellow genre-blending bands

$30 $15

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Cross-Country Skiing Package or Snowshoe Rental for Two at Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area (Up to 46% Off)

Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area

Poestenkill

Visitors strap on skis or snowshoes and traverse 35 km of picturesque woodland trails

$112 $60

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Admission for Two or Four or Membership for One or Two at Bundy Museum of History and Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bundy Museum of History and Art

Westside

Memberships grant free tours and discounts for guests passes, programs and events, and use of the facility as an event space

$14 $7

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One Month of Unlimited Classes at Route 20 Fitness (71% Off)

Route 20 Fitness

Orchard Park

45-minute fitness sessions include an invigorating warmup, 20 minutes of fat-blasting interval training, and a core-focusing cool down

$99 $29

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Yoga Darshana Center (Up to 66% Off)

Yoga Darshana Center

West Babylon

Certified instructors help students of all ages and abilities unite mind, body, and spirit through yoga postures linked with breath

$110 $39

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Two-Hour Seal-Watching Tour for Two or Four from Captain Lou Fleet (Up to 53% Off)

Captain Lou Fleet

Nautical Mile

Boat offers both fishing tours and party cruises; seal-watching tours allow passengers views of seals in their natural habitat

$52 $25

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5, 10, or 20 Krav Maga Classes at Blitz Krav Maga (Up to 81% Off)

Blitz Krav Maga

Hicksville

Self-defense system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces preps students for real-life situations with explosive moves and quick thinking

$125 $29

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Basic Party Package for Up to 10 Kids, or a Four-Day Mini Camp at Play My Way Corporation (Up to 50% Off)

Play My Way Corporation

Coram

1,000-square-foot indoor fun center lets children burn off energy with musical instruments, trains, crafts, and sensory tables

$250 $125

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$60 for $250 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Help Me Help You Fitness

Help Me Help You Fitness

Fresh Meadows

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$250 $60

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Five or Ten Classes with Optional Private Lesson at Militia Fight Academy (Up to 88% Off)

Militia Fight Academy

Valley Stream

Accomplished fighters & trainers teach Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, & mixed martial arts in group & private lessons

$165 $35

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10 or 20 Drop-In Martial-Arts Classes at Team Andrello (Up to 84% Off)

Team Andrello

Multiple Locations

Classes for ages 3 to adult instill discipline and build fitness through a variety of martial-arts techniques

$150 $32

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$59 for Kids' Classes, Playspace Passes, and Birthday-Party Discount at Kidville ($214.32 Value)

Kidville

Commack

Children’s center helps develop social and educational skills with art, music, and gym classes and a playspace

$214.32 $59

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One 1-on-1 Martial Arts Lesson with Four or Eight Classes at Side Kicks Family Karate (Up to 67% Off)

Side Kicks Family Karate

Side Kicks Karate

Instructors combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling to teach adults and youngsters how to defend themselves

$75 $29

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6-Week Dance Camp for Ages 3–7, 8–12, or 10–17 at Danceworks (50% Off)

Danceworks

Congers

Students learn different dance skills based on their age, with the youngest learning baby ballet and the oldest learning theatrical dance

$450 $225

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Lynbrook Long Island (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Lynbrook Long Island

Multiple Locations

Master proper form for jabs, crosses, and hooks before toning up with an intense core workout

$90 $15

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Training Program for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon at Golden Touch Boot Camp (Up to 60% Off)

Golden Touch Boot Camp

Jamaica Estates

Fitness assessment, fitness program, and personal training prepare runners for races ranging from 5K to marathon

$340 $149.99

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$202 for $450 Towards Two Weeks Of Full Day Summer Camp (Ages 6-12) — CGI Braves Baseball

Cgi Baseball Inc.

Huntington Station

Camp is five days for boys and girls ages 6 to 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from June 30 to Aug. 5

$450 $202

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Lift Ticket with Snowboard or Ski Rental for One or Two at Plattekill Mountain (41% Off)

Plattekill Mountain

Roxbury

Take in breathtaking views as you hit 38 trails, including a double-black diamond with 1,100 feet of continuous vertical

$94 $55

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10 Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at TJD Kickboxing (61% Off)

Tjd Kickboxing

Oceanside

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$75 $29

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$66 for $120 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Valley Shore Martial Arts

Valley Shore Martial Arts

Centerbrook

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$120 $66

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at MSD Kenpo Karate (66% Off)

Msd Kenpo Karate

North Tonawanda

From the merchant: Three classes a week for eight weeks; classes taught by the owner of the studio

$200 $68

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$63 for $140 Worth of Martial Arts — Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley

Traditional Okinawan Karate Of Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$140 $63

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at Dipson Theatres (Up to 30% Off)

Dipson Theatres

Multiple Locations

Everything from summer action flicks to independent dramas, arthouse films, and family features lights up a network of 29 screens

$32 $23

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Social Painting Event for One or Two at Instant Artist (Up to 53% Off)

Instant Artist

Multiple Locations

Experienced artist guides beginners through a painting at a local venue; painting supplies included, drinks and food available for purchase.

$35 $17

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fang Shi Do Self-Defense Classes at Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts (Up to 80% Off)

Vforce Scientific Fighting Concepts

Franklin Square

After setting the right mindset, instructors incorporate martial arts with lifestyle goals

$125 $29

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10 or 20 Classes with Gloves at Kickboxing.com (Up to 82% Off)

Kickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

Pound the stuffing out of high-quality bags at eight locations in various kickboxing regimens

$148 $29

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Concealed-Handgun-Licensing Courses (NY, UT, FL & NH) by TV's Top Shots and PS&Ed at OCC (50% Off)

Public Safety and Education (PS&Ed)

Orange County Choppers

Contestants from the TV show Top Shot teach NY, UT, FL, and NH concealed handgun/pistol permit/license course

$40 $20

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10- or 20-Class Pass with One or Two Private Sessions at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $20

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$15 for $25 Worth of Hookah Smoking — Downtown Hookah Lounge

Downtown Hookah Lounge

Middletown

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$25 $15

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Christmas or Hanukkah Holiday Flight Package from Sport Flying USA (Up to 57% Off)

Sport Flying USA

Shirley

Certified flight instructors teach students the principles of flying during a 90-minute session

$350 $149

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$18 for Four Rounds of Indoor Miniature Golf at Monster Mini Golf (Up to $36 Value)

Monster Mini Golf

Deer Park

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes decorated with eerie, luminous murals, large monsters, animated props, and music

$36 $18

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Open-Skate Admission and Skate Rental for Four or Six at Reva Rollerdrome (Up to 50% Off)

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

Groups strap on skates and circle the rink before refueling with pizza and soda

$28 $14

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Flying Lesson at Icon Aviation Group, LLC (Up to 67% Off)

Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Multiple Locations

Take to the skies with a licensed certified flight instructor and log your journey in the accompanying logbook

$299.25 $99

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$98 for Eight Swimming Lessons with a Swim Cap at British Swim School ($231 Value)

British Swim School

North Lindenhurst

Students aged 3 months and older learn basic swim skills or perfect more advanced strokes under the guidance of experienced instructors

$231 $98

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Essence of Yoga Studio (Up to 82% Off)

Essence of Yoga Studio

Holbrook

Gain strength and flexibility in these open-and-accepting yoga classes for all skill levels

$150 $30

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Half-Day Kayak Rentals for Two or Four at Fuzzy Guppies (Up to 71% Off)

Fuzzy Guppies

Waterloo

After selecting a kayak that fits their needs and skill level, adventurers explore the Seneca River or placid Seneca Lake

$70 $24

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six and Santa Photos at Bayville Winter Wonderland (Up to 55% Off)

Bayville Winter Wonderland

Bayville

Holiday theme park features Santa’s toy factory funhouse, holiday light show, holiday train, and outdoor skating rink

$57 $31

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Saratoga Karate (Up to 88% Off)

Saratoga Karate

Greenfield

Certified instructors and black belts; expansive and equipped dojo hosts classes for both kids and adults

$119 $35

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$490 for $890 For Full Season of Dance for 8-10 Year Olds — The Corner Dance Studio LLC

The Corner Dance Studio

Smithtown

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$890 $490

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$49 for 10 Yoga Classes at Bearfoot Yoga & Wellness Center ($120 Value)

Bearfoot Yoga & Wellness Center

Bay Shore

Trained instructors lead group classes and modify postures according to individual needs

$120 $49

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One Month of Unlimited MMA or Adult Karate Classes at Busto's Martial Arts (Up to 57% Off)

Busto's Martial Arts

Plainview

Learn hand strikes, kicks, & effective self-defense skills in the workouts of MMA classes or reduce stress & gain confidence through karate

$100 $43

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Standup and Drinks for Two at Laughing Devil Comedy Club (Up to 70% Off)

Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Hunters Point

Queens club stocks each show with three to six standups from TV, film, and the local comedy scene

$50 $15

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5 or 10 All-Day Passes for Two or 3-Month Membership for One at Westchester Table Tennis Center (Up to 51% Off)

Westchester Table Tennis Center

Pleasantville

With full days of play at your fingertips, hone your table tennis skills as you play a friend or find a new worthy competitor

$100 $50

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, March 4–8 (Up to 49% Off)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Extreme athletes join forces with human cannonballers, a passionate animal-trainer, and the Ringling Bros. elephants for a high-voltage show

$23.25 $12

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Pass for Go-Karting, Mini-Golf, and Other Attractions for One, Two, or Four at Boomers! (Up to 47% Off)

Boomers!

Medford

Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

$29.99 $16.99

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Two-Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental & Bucket of Popcorn for Two, Four, or Six at Baldwin Bowl (Up to 76% Off)

Baldwin Bowl

Baldwin

Bowling alley treats guests to clean lanes with automatic scoring and towering buckets of buttery popcorn

$54 $15

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Long Island Comedy: New Year's Laughin Eve on December 31 at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Long Island Comedy: New Year's Laughin Eve

Multiple Locations

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Celebrate the new year with comedians seen on Comedy Central, VH1, and The Sopranos

$40 $20

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$189 for a Day of Ice Climbing with Gear Included for One from Dynamic Outdoors ($275 Value)

Dynamic Outdoors

Kingston, NY

Climbers meet with a guide in Kingston for a full day of ice climbing with all the necessary gear, including ice picks and crampons

$275 $189

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$85 for $155 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — Z Recording Studio

Z Recording Studio

Peekskill

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$155 $85

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Two-Hour Acting Workshop for One or Two from Who's Laughing Now Inc. (Up to 79% Off)

Who's Laughing Now Inc.

Copiague

Professional actor, comedian, improviser, and playwright JD Lawrence teaches his craft to aspiring actors with two-hour workshop

$200 $43

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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes at ITrain Inc. (Up to 72% Off)

ÌTrain Inc.

Itrain Inc.

Trainer motivates clients to reach their fitness goals by do cardio, strength, and core exercises in a group class

$160 $49

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$45 for $75 Worth of Music Lessons — Daves Guitar Studio

Daves Guitar Studio

Merrick

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$75 $45

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Bowling Packages for Two, Four, or Six at Massapequa Bowl & Lounge (Up to 76% Off)

Massapequa Bowl & Lounge

Massapequa

Bowling alleys treat guests to clean lanes with automatic scoring and buckets of popcorn

$54 $15

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$39 for Sundays Are Made to Savor Wine Experience for Two at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery ($80 Value)

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

Medina

Pairs learn about the winery’s history and process as they sip varietals and nosh on gourmet snacks, including charcuterie and chocolate

$80 $39

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14-Day Fat Furnace Program or Four-Week Total Body Transformation Program at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 84% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp - Hauppauge

Hauppauge

A cocktail of boot-camp inspired exercises melt fat and transform physiques over the course of two or four weeks

$123.50 $22

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Self-Defense Classes with a Uniform at Altamont Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Altamont Martial Arts

Altamont

Husband-and-wife team of black belts leads defensive combat hapkido classes, a self-defense style that prepares students of any age or size

$65 $29

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5 or 10 Class Package at Dance with Us (Up to 69% Off). Four Options Available.

Dance with Us

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach the tango, waltz, burlesque, or belling dancing with step-by-step instruction for all skill levels

$100 $35

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Weekday or Weekend Skiing and Snowboarding at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center (Up to 63% Off). Four Options Available.

Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center

Tuxedo

Eight slopes of real and artificial snow host skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels; certified instructors teach lessons

$60 $25

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Yes, Hill Country is a restaurant, but no hostess will seat you and no server will come by to take your order. Instead, arriving patrons are given a meal ticket, which they carry into a Texas-style market. At one counter, they order meats by weight, watching as pitmasters pull their selection from smoking pits fueled with Texas post oak and the menus of lesser barbecue restaurants. The menu includes the signature moist brisket—juicy, fatty morsels that New York Times’ reporter Pete Wells is said to order a pound of every time because it shows “Hill Country’s rotisserie barbecue pits at their finest.” Whatever meat guests choose, it’s carved onto sturdy sheets of butcher paper they carry with them as they stop at additional counters to collect sides and desserts.

Though all meat is served with white bread or crackers, a lineup of sides includes corn pudding, Longhorn cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet potato bourbon mash. The dessert case displays temptations such as banana pudding, which Wells gushed is “built upon a custard so thick with eggs and cream it brings Paris to mind.” Guests can return to the counters as many times as they like; each item ordered is noted on their ticket, which they turn in to the cashier at the end of the meal. The menu has some devoted culinary fans—renowned food critic Frank Bruni named Hill Country one of his five favorite restaurants, for instance—but the eatery attracts a musically inclined audience as well. Downstairs in the Boot Bar, a state-of-the-art stage hosts nationally touring blues, alt-country, and honky-tonk acts that have included Dale Wilson and Roseanne Cash. The shows take place Tuesday–Saturday nights, and are often free of charge.

30 West 26th Street
New York,
NY
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Pete Lawson's passion for the martial arts is more than 30 years old, reaching all the way back to when he took his first karate lesson in Jamaica when he was 13 years old. His love for the discipline blossomed, eventually earning him five black belts, a spot in world tournaments, and the opportunity to spar against master martial artists. He also studied Brazilian jiujitsu under renowned master Renzo Gracie, one of the sons of Brazil's famed family of martial artists. As a believer in the saying "to whom much is given, much is required," Lawson decided to put his accolades and experience to good use founding and teaching at his own academy, Brooklyn Martial Arts. Today, he offers classes for all levels of Brazilian jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, preparing students for everything from self-defense to competition.

Lawson also imparts lessons of discipline and perseverance to little ones in kids' classes, using martial arts as a platform to improve their schoolwork, teach them nonviolent ways to deal with bullies, and strengthen their listening skills by having them perform pushups with their ears. They even host birthday parties for kids, where the birthday boy or girl cuts the cake with a real sword and competes in fun and friendly martial-arts-based games and activities.

289 Livingston St, 3rd Fl
Downtown Brooklyn,
NY
US

Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive??and very tan??world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, d?colletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.

According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.

580 Broadway
New York,
NY
US

Since 1861, the Buffalo Society of Natural Science has culled more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts from around the world. These treasures now reside in the Buffalo Museum of Science which opened its doors in 1929. The museum allows visitors to explore anthropology, paleontology, and zoology, with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara region.

Special exhibits inspire curiousity in guests by exploring the world around them through hands-on education. Nano, for example, explains the basics of nanoscience and the way it impacts our lives. Opened in March 2012, the Explore YOU health science studio teaches visitors about their own bodies as they study recent medical technologies that help keep the human race healthy. Our Marvelous Earth, on the other hand, focuses on geological phenomena, extreme weather, and alternative forms of energy via displays and interactive exhibits where guests will have a chance to experience tornado-force winds. The newest exhibit to explore is In Motion which motivates children to learn how things move by interacting with gravity machines, car races, and a fluid dynamics simulator. Elsewhere, Seymour (a 10-foot tall mastodon) and Stanley (a 16-foot long albertosaurus) give kids a glimpse of some really, really, really old bones. For a more relaxing experience, visitors can check out the National Geographic 3D Cinema presented by M&T Bank for rotating titles. During the next few years, the museum will continue to add new exhibits and improve others with interactive technologies.

1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo,
NY
US

When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition.

But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America?

Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits."

Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.

1350 University Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Strongman competitor William Harris opened his gym to help exercisers achieve ultimate physical conditioning with an innovative approach to fitness that eschews the mirrored walls, isolated machine workouts, and pie-eating competitions of standard gyms. His cadre of personal trainers—most of whom are certified Level 1 CrossFit coaches—draws on real world athleticism: trainer Phaidra Knight was named the women's' rugby player of the decade 2000–2009, and Rob Gutierrez works as a physical trainer for the NYPD. For CrossFit sessions, certified trainers design intense, ever-changing workouts that safely push members while providing motivation and support. Classes rotate through various challenges such as calisthenics, weight lifting, kettlebells, and sprinting, relying on both intensity and variety of motion to improve comprehensive fitness. To bolster long-term health, coaches dispense nutrition tips that keep bodies fueled and give clients the tools to spur fat loss and muscle gain. The results build bodies that function in real-world tasks, such as running to catch a bus, lifting a sack of dog food, or throwing a discus and riding it to work.

2 Bridge Street
Yonkers,
NY
US

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