From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week , Unlimited Biking pairs subscribers with bikes for two-, three-, or four-hour jaunts based on their membership choice and hairdo-resilience threshold. After selecting a package, customers choose the days and time they want to reserve a bike, pick up their ride at the Unlimited Biking headquarters in Manhattan , and return it within the allotted time . The service rents out Biria Citibikes, and depending on the membership package, subscribers can make up to two or four reservations in advance at a time.
Rather than taking up valuable loop space on his slacks, Next Evolution founder Mike Mullero displays his black belts in karate, ninjitsu do, and tae kwon do on the wall of his studio. His 30-year relationship with martial arts has led him to explore not only the self-defense aspects of each art, but also the fitness and spiritual benefits, and how they can be applied during frenzied Black Friday sales. In addition to their adult martial-arts training, Mike and his staff host yoga classes and self-defense classes designed specifically for women and children.
Break Bar & Billiards combines the elements that make a neighborhood bar worth revisiting into an urban adult playground. At the 55-foot bar, bartenders dispense 18 draught beers and a dozen different bottles, while a full kitchen crew whips up a menu of buffalo wings, nachos, and burgers. Between brews, the staff allows patrons to hit the billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and vintage arcade games to decide who will buy the next round or who has to swallow the eight-ball. The 7,000-square-foot space is lined with exposed brick, industrial heating vents, and vaulted ceilings, lending a sophisticated feel to the playground.
For many, the depths of the world's oceans and lakes are places so unfamiliar they might as well be on another planet. For the team of experienced, thrill-seeking instructors at Adventure Scuba, however, they're just another place to explore. With one of these coaches for each three to four students on a pool dive, the PADI Five-Star IDC center leads any student aged 10 years and older into the underwater world through various classes focused on hands-on instruction. A PADI open-water certification course uses the controlled environment of the center's 90 degree pool to introduce basic equipment use and techniques, giving students the skills necessary to continue their training in local waters or recreate Jacques Cousteau's bachelor party.
In the warmer months, the center also offers a range of specialty dive certifications, such as advanced and rescue diving; it also hosts year-round classroom courses in Enriched Air Diving, CPR and first aid. Though Adventure Scuba provides much of its training equipment to students at no additional cost, its dive shop sells essential diving gear by manufacturers such as Oceanic, Henderson and ScubaPro.
Owner Doug Gatanis and his business partner Zach Rubin both spent years playing soccer as youths, but it wasn’t until the pair met through a local soccer coach they realized their mutual plight: there were no serious soccer retailers operating in New York. That simple motivation has led to Upper 90 Soccer and Sport, the Upper West Side’s premier soccer outfitter and home of all things futbol. The store opened in September 2009 and has quickly expanded to two other locations, with the original Amsterdam Avenue location stocking all manner of soccer footwear, equipment and apparel, including professional team jerseys. Upper 90 even boasts flat screen TVs that constantly show games, and invites their regulars to grab a chair to catch the action themselves.
Considered by many to be one of the top club fitters in the country, New York Golf Center wears the green jacket when it comes to golf retailers in New York City. One of the three branches in Manhattan, this Herald Square shop stocks all the equipment, clothing and accessories you could ever need for hitting the links. Just step through the glass doors under the green-and-white awning and let the helpful staff take charge. New York Golf Center is also the city’s only authorized dealer of Miura clubs, forged one-by-one in Japan with the same ancient steelmaking techniques used in samurai swords. Fittings can be booked ahead of time and clubs tested on the store’s putting green and simulators.