The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Toes wiggle cheerily against the squishy polyurethane soles of Dansko footwear, which fills the shelves of Clogkingdom.com with comfortable Danish ingenuity. Inside the site’s brick-and-mortar storefront, The Clog Shop in Oceanside, New York, founder Jeffrey Levine leads patrons to fresh styles of the no-nonsense footwear he originally supplied to doctors and nurses in New York City hospitals. In-store and online, miniature feet march along in pairs of Dankso kids' clogs in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, and pairs of Birkenstock sandals which showcase feet proudly in thong, clog, and Arizona-style straps. Alongside kicks from other designers such as Ecco, Earth, and Minnetonka, hiking shoes from Keen beg patrons to scale challenging mountain ranges and daunting out-of-order escalators with sturdy strips of leather and patches of mesh for ventilation.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Bobby Carmosino's first memories of cooking and eating are all tied to his mother, whose love of crafting food won competitions held by Macy's and Bloomingdale's. As head chef at Sol?, he channels her influences into updated recipes such as the braciola?his father's favorite dish?a pork tenderloin wrapped around mozzarella, prosciutto, and spinach. The shrimp limoncello, one of his proudest creations, blends creamy risotto with tart citrus, demonstrating the fresh flavors that earned Sol?'s menu an overall rating of extraordinary from Zagat. Served in a comfortable, casual room with walls the color of buttercups, diners enjoy these made-from-scratch meals alongside fish specials so popular, many customers order them sight unseen, according to general manager Dennis Durdaller.
Sweat glistens across every brow at the Motion On Oceanside private training studio as instructors lead high-energy fitness classes. The high-intensity movements of cardio-centric Zumba and boot-camp sessions counterbalance the flowing, steady movements of yoga and tai chi classes, designed to build balance and flexibility.
Unlike studios that employ child-sniffing dogs to make sure no kids sneak in, Motion On Oceanside welcomes youngsters, helping them to stay fit and busy with a complimentary babysitting program and a variety of after-school and summer programs. Additionally, the staff opens its studio for private Zumba dance parties for kids and teenagers, supplying refreshments so that the only thing parents need to bring is the cake and a piñata to keep it in.
Pod Laser Aesthetics' team of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners harnesses an arsenal of lasers to keep skin looking youthful. The gentle, noninvasive treatments reduce unwanted hair, smooth out wrinkles, and squash spider veins into oblivion. The staff also give these surface treatments subdermal support, employing quick injections of Botox or dermal fillers to beautify faces from the inside out. Before their appointments, patients can read the FAQ for answers to any questions about treatments or whether they need to bring their own scuba suit.