Things To Do in New York

Re-create a Morandi Still Life Painting with a Professional Artist

Morandi-Style Still Life Painting Class

Bowery

Artist Ilsa Brittain discusses Giorgio Morandi’s subtle use of color before helping you paint a re-creation of a Morandi still life

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Create a Living Ornament in a Holiday Terrarium-Making Class

Terrarium Ornament-Making Class

Luludi Living Art Store

Liza Fiorentinos, owner of Luludi Living Art Store, guides you step-by-step as you fill terrarium ornaments with plants and decorations

$75

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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College PAC on December 4 (Up to 51% Off)

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College PAC

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$109.85 $54

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Six Weeks of Tango, Ballroom-Focus, or Beginners' Salsa Lessons at Tango Cafe Dance Studio ( 60% Off)

Tango Cafe Dance Studio

Central Business District

In a historical Greek mansion with a new sound system and dance floors, students perfect their tango, ballroom, and salsa moves

$90 $36

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Two Games of Bowling for Two, Four, or Six with Shoe Rentals at Paradise Lanes (Up to 64% Off)

Paradise Lanes

West Yonkers

Open for more than 50 years, alley offers bowling till 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

$32 $15

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Mummenschanz at NYU Skirball Center, November 20–30 (Up to 51% Off)

"Mummenschanz"

NYU Skirball Center

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Famed mime-masque group creates colorful characters and puppets out of unexpected objects

$49 $24

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Four-Hour or Full-Day Kayak Rental for Two with Lesson at Stone’s Marina Kayak Club (Up to 58% Off)

Stone's Marina Kayak Club

Bridgeport

Marina staffers equip paddlers with kayaks, life vests & 30-minute tutorials before pushing them off on trips across tree-lined Oneida Lake

$130 $55

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"Swinging with the Rat Pack" at The Egg on Saturday, December 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Swinging With The Rat Pack"

The Egg

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Frank, Dean, Sammy, and Marilyn sing, banter, and charm audiences with uncanny impersonations

$52 $26

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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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Ajkun Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" at Whitney Theater on December 5–6 (Up to 41% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Whitney Theater

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$29 $17

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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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BYOB Painting Class for Two or Four at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio (Up to 46% Off)

Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio

Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio

Classes include all supplies, including a canvas on which to paint your masterpiece

$70 $45

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90 Minute Make-It-Fit Sewing Class for One or Two at Divas Design Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Divas Design Studio

Herkimer

Learn to alter your own clothes during a 90 minute sewing class led by an experienced fashion designer

$75 $35

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One- or Three-Month Dance Class at DeNapoli's Dance Center (Up to 67% 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 $40

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Two Weeks or One Month of Kids' Martial-Arts Classes with a Uniform at AmeriKick Martial Arts (Up to 85% Off)

AmeriKick Martial Arts - Staten Island

Multiple Locations

Martial-arts classes teach youngsters life skills such as discipline, confidence, respect, and a healthy love for physical fitness

$90 $15

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Wild-Food and Ecology Tour for Two, Four, or Six from "Wildman" Steve Brill (Up to 63% Off)

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

$40 $20

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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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Kids’ Dance Camp or Classes at Nancy's Dance Factory (Up to 60% Off). Five Options Available.

Nancy's Dance Factory

Nancy's Dance Factory

Kids can enjoy such dance classes as jazz and tap during a summer dance program or fall dance classes

$450 $225

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Swim Membership or Admission to Iceberg Adventure at Webster Aquatic Center (Up to 52% Off)

Webster Aquatic Center

Webster

Membership grants unlimited access to Olympic-sized pool; Iceberg Adventure invites swimmers to scale a giant inflatable with climbing grips

$177 $85

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Six-Hour Winter Winery and Chocolate Factory Tour for One, Two, or Four from Niagara Fun Tours (Up to 67% Off)

Niagara Fun Tours

Multiple Locations

Tour buses shuttle guests to Palatine Hill Estates Winery and three others for tastings before ending at Chocolate F/X, a working factory.

C$89 C$39

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Four or Eight Introductory Group Saber-Fencing Classes at Beaches Sabre Club (Up to 63% Off)

Beaches Sabre Club

Troy

Instructors teach the fundamentals of saber fencing during all-inclusive group classes designed for students aged 6 or older

$75 $28

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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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One or Two Months of Karate Classes at Shaolin Self Defense Centers (Up to 65% Off)

Shaolin Self Defense Centers

West Babylon

Karate students gain self-defense skills, discipline, and confidence at a family-oriented dojo

$140 $59

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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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Two Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 70% 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 $32

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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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$165 for $300 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — DreamCatcher Entertainment

Dreamcatcher Entertainment

East Meadow

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

$300 $165

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A Private Music Lesson from Philip & Lauryn's Voice and Drum Lesson Studio (54% Off)

Philip & Lauryn's Voice And Drum Lesson Studio

Valley Stream

From the merchant: Broadway artist Lauryn Ciardullo and Philip Coiro share their passion for the performing arts with students of all ages

$50 $23

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$12 for $25 Worth of Pet Supplies at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Multiple Locations

Pick up pet supplies, food, treats, and gifts for pet lovers, with every purchase directly benefiting animals in need

$25 $12

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at Innovative Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off)

Innovative Martial Arts

Commack

Achieve a full-body workout in fitness kickboxing; the 10-class package includes a complimentary nutrition consultation

$85 $15

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"Star on the Door" at Rome Community Theater on December 4–7 (Up to 40% Off)

“Star on the Door”

Rome Community Theater

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Madcap farce delights audiences with a backstage tale full of mistaken identity, secret romance, and lighthearted revenge

$15 $9

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Unlimited Classes at Moti Horenstrein's Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Moti Horenstein's Mixed Martial Arts

New City

Black belt staff instills students with confidence as they learn practical, real world self-defense techniques such as krav maga

$199 $59

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Fitness Through Kickboxing (Up to 81% Off)

Fitness Through Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

Fun, energizing fitness-kickboxing classes whip students into shape

$75 $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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5 or 8 Sessions of Morning Mat Yoga, or 5 or 10 Sessions of Aerial Yoga at Bootleg Yoga (Up to 70% Off)

Bootleg Yoga

Marlboro

Yoga classes bolster the mind, body, and spirit with morning stretches or graceful aerial maneuvers

$75 $25

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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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Nutrition Consultation, Intro Class, and One or Two Months of Classes at CrossFit Centereach (Up to 77% Off)

Crossfit Centereach

Centereach

After a nutrition consultation and fundamentals class, students jump into high-intensity workouts that incorporate functional movements

$250 $59

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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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Whiskey, Beer, and Appetizer for Two or $15 for $30 Worth of Pub Food and Beer at Blue Ribbon Tavern

Blue Ribbon Tavern

Spring Valley

Gourmet sandwiches pair with flights of whiskey and craft and classic beers

$38 $19

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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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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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10-Day Program or Four-Week Program for One or Two at Port Chester Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 81% Off)

Port Chester Fit Body Boot Camp

Port Chester

Experienced trainers lead cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$97 $29

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Five Boot-Camp Classes at Crunch TIME Fitness & Dance (64% Off)

Crunch Time Fitness & Dance

Newburgh

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

$50 $18

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$46 for $125 Worth of Music Lessons — Momentum School of Music

Momentum School Of Music

West Islip

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

$125 $46

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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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$149 for a Tandem-Skydiving Experience for One from Skydive South Shore, Inc. (Up to $269 Value) 

Skydive South Shore

Shirley

Harnessed to a skilled instructor, divers jump from a plane and free fall for up to 40 seconds followed by a scenic parachute descent

$269 $149

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10 Martial Arts Classes or Eight Weeks of Boot Camp at Chi’s Martial Arts Training Center (Up to 81% Off)

Chi's Martial Arts Training Center

Deer Park

Martial arts instructors keep classes safe and fun while focusing on physical fitness and character development

$159 $49

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Open-Skate Admission and Skate Rental for Four or Six at Reva Rollerdrome (Up to 57% Off)

Reva Rollerdrome

Auburn

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

$28 $12

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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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Two, Four, or Six Weeks of Box Fit Classes at Mantra Personal Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

Mantra Personal Fitness

North Lindenhurst

Box Fit classes incorporate jabs, uppercuts, and roundhouses into a high-energy workout routine

$75 $29

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Essence of Yoga Studio (Up to 71% Off)

Essence of Yoga Studio

Holbrook

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

$150 $49

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Half-Day Kayak Rentals for Two or Four at Fuzzy Guppies (Up to 65% 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 $29

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six and Santa Photos at Bayville Winter Wonderland (Up to 52% Off)

Bayville Winter Wonderland

Bayville

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

$57 $33

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Nickelback at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on August 11 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Nickelback

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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Chart-topping rockers behind “How You Remind Me” deliver slick yet heavy hits in support of their latest album No Fixed Address

$34 $20

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5 or 10 Kickboxing Classes at Kickboxing Midland Beach (Up to 86% Off)

Kickboxing Midland Beach

Multiple Locations

Students learn basic self-defense moves and sweat away calories during high-energy kickboxing classes

$90 $15

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Two or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Islip CrossFit (Up to 56% Off)

Islip CrossFit

Bay Shore

High-intensity CrossFit classes incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, into constantly changing workouts

$250 $115

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One Month of Unlimited MMA or Adult Karate Classes at Busto's Martial Arts (Up to 66% 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 $34

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New York Islanders Hockey Game at Nassau Coliseum (Up to 66% Off). Multiple Seating Options and Five Dates Available.

NY Islanders

Nassau Coliseum

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The Islanders hope to ride a November hot streak through December games against formidable opponents

$58.70 $20

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$33 Toward 4 Salsa-Dance Classes — my on2 crew

My On2 Crew

Next to Starbucks, basement level

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

$60 $33

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Shotgun- or Rifle-Shooting Experience at Dynamic Firearms Training (Up to 71% Off). Three Options Available.

Dynamic Firearms Training

Multiple Locations

Firearm-specific shooting experiences that include ammunition, range fees, and rentals

$200 $59

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One or Two Months Unlimited Kids' Kung Fu Classes at Baumann's Kung Fu (Up to 69% Off)

Baumann's Kung Fu

Medford

Kids strengthen their bodies and build focus and coordination with fun Chinese boxing training sessions

$80 $25

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5, 10, or 20 Adult or Kids' Fitness Classes at L.E.A.R.N. (Up to 87% Off)

L.E.A.R.N.

Baldwin

45- or 60-minute classes, such as cardio conditioning or boot camp for adults or Kidz Kardio and Wacky Weights for kids

$75 $15

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$29 for Two Tickets and Two Drinks at a Stand-Up Comedy Show at Vibe Lounge (Up to $70 Value)

Vibe Lounge

Vibe Lounge

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Comedy from touring comics, and beverages, enjoyed in stylish lounge atmosphere

$60 $29

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Five or Ten Hot Yoga Classes at Saugerties Hot Yoga (Up to 55% Off)

Saugerties Hot Yoga

Saugerties

Studio heated to above 100 degrees allows yogis to deepen stretches during Bikram session

$75 $35

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10, 20, or 30 Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, or Yoga Classes at East Coast United Westchester BJJ (Up to 91% Off)

East Coast United Westchester BJJ

Multiple Locations

Martial arts courses for the entire family include combat sports of kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the healing practice of yoga

$225 $36

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$28 for $80 Worth of Boxing Lessons — Campbell's Kickboxing

Campbell's Kickboxing

Copiague

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

$80 $28

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Two Two-Hour Clay-Sculpting Classes for One, Two, or Four at The Potter’s Wheel (Up to 47% Off)

Potter's Wheel

Kew Gardens

Hand-building techniques covered in group classes helmed by teaching artists; students make a sculpture to take home

$150 $89

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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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Four or Eight Jiu-Jitsu Classes at American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa (Up to 84% Off)

American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa

Massapequa

Students learn basic, effective self-defense techniques and gain confidence, discipline, and self-control in American jiu-jitsu classes

$160 $34

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Wine and Food Tasting for Two or Four at Spring Lake Winery (60% Off)

Spring Lake Winery

Lockport

Enjoy a selection of delicious award-winning wine paired with food such as mozzarella pesto and meatball bruschetta

$20 $8

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Sports Camp or Batting Cage Rental at Matt Guiliano's Play Like a Pro (Up to 46% Off). 7 Options Available.

Matt Guiliano's Play Like a Pro

Hauppauge

Instructors channel kids’ energy into multiple sports or focus on swing hitting mechanics; batting cages offer hitting practice

$350 $199

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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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$8 for $15 Worth of Dance Lessons — Tribal Dance Long Island & Caravan Connection New York

Tribal Dance Long Island & Caravan Connection New York

East Northport

From the merchant: Experience the mystery, culture and sensuality of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance in a supportive and nurturing environment.

$15 $8

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Fitness Assessment and Customized Workout Plan at HURT Performance, Inc. (65% Off)

H.u.r.t. Health & Fitness, Inc.

Blooming Grove

12 sessions (one month) of semiprivate personal-training services, including an assessment and customization

$120 $42

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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
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During New York's golden age, when big-band music filled the streets and Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie reigned supreme in regal zoot suits, Ellsworth Statler held court at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Known as much for its delicious food as it was for its swanky shows, the hotel became the standard of swingin' cool by which all others were measured. Today, the same spirit that propelled Ellsworth Statler to greatness inhabits his namesake: the Statler Grill. Using classic midcentury charm and more than four decades of experience in the restaurant business, the owners of Statler Grill reanimate the New York of decades past, time-warping diners as they sit at tables cloaked in white linens amid muted lighting. Artwork festoons the walls, adding warm hues and a jubilant air while frosted glass and earth-toned walls segment the dining room for more romantic dining and more covert fantasy baseball meetings. An adjoining bar serves up a similar sophistication, with a menu of light fare appropriate for an after-work snack, or after a game, being located across the street from Madison Square Garden.

For dinner, the kitchen lines classic new york prime sirloins and porterhouses with the marks of the char grill. Seafood arrives fresh daily to offer the best flavors of the deep blue, including Prince Edward Island mussels, Long Island clams, and fried calamari. The chefs' traditional and inventive American fare complements every meal of the day, from eggs benedict for brunch to filet mignon for supper and Maryland crab cakes for late night sleep eating. All of this fancy fare doesn't get in the way of friendly service, though; the restaurant's friendly waitstaff and knowledgable bartenders earned glowing praise from the foodies at Midtown Lunch.

136 W 33rd St
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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