Since its beginnings in 1980, Staten Island Fencing Club has developed the skills of collegiate athletes and Olympic hopefuls under the guidance of head coach and founder Steve Khinoy, a Johns Hopkins PhD with more than 30 years of coaching experience. In 2010, the club?once relegated to college cafeterias and church basements?took up permanent residence at Staten Island Fencing Center, a full-time facility as bright and spacious as the Man in the Moon's front yard, complete with fencing strips, an armory, and a pro shop. There, Dr. Khinoy cultivates an atmosphere of camaraderie, teaching both novice and advanced swordsmen to master the Olympic and NCAA sport's triumvirate of blades: foils, sabers, and ?p?es.
Under President and Coach Susan Monardo, the center's focus has been to help both the recreational fencer and competitive fencer reach their goals. Beyond one-hour introductory lessons, regular courses stretch for several weeks, during which competitors learn the strategies and fancy footwork necessary to best opponents on the piste and during freestyle dance contests. Summertime day camps and clinics sharpen slashing technique with five hours of daily instruction that include warm-ups, basic drills, and individual lessons. The staff also hosts parties for birthdays or other celebrations, in which guests practice the art of dueling amid cake, refreshments, and bouquets of colorful balloons shrieking in terror.
When you step into Atmosphere Essentials, admiring the boutique's Victorian-style decor, intoxicating array of make-your-own perfumes, and the pictures of beloved family members on the wall, you probably wouldn't guess that the cottage's cozy interior is also home to a high-tech laboratory. That’s where owner Antonio Sciortino creates his natural home and body products, a talent handed down to him by his Palermo-born ancestors. According to StatenIslandLifestyle.com, Sciortino's grandmother began making natural skincare remedies to help cope during difficult, post-war times. The innovative on-site lab allows him to share his family secrets and 15 years of research on a broader scale. Therein, his team produces 100% certified-organic formulas made with botanicals and essential oils, which are then blended into soy candles, lotions, and eco-friendly baseball-mitt softener.
In the upper echelons of the intimate spa and hair salon, massage therapists and aestheticians use the line in a variety of relaxing spa treatments. As documented by Fox News, some of Sciortino's products have also been inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's natural beauty and penchant for aromatherapy.
Exercising can be frustrating if you don't see results. In addition to a slimmer physique, guests at Endure Cycling can see the numerical breakdown of their workout—from the amount of pedal strokes to the number of calories burned to their heart rate throughout their stationary journey. Here, the stationary bicycles use internal sensors to monitor each individual's performance, allowing students to track their progress over time. After saddling up on one of the studio's M3+ indoor cycles, cyclers join a certified instructor on a simulated joyride through a pre-programmed series of climbs, restorative plateaus, and thrilling loop-de-loops while high-energy music helps to keep them motivated. Smart sensors track the RPMs of each bike as well as the rider's heart rate, transmitting data to the room's flat-screen television in real time and storing it for future review. This allows students to keep an eye on their numbers throughout each workout, or go online after class and chart their improvement across multiple sessions to print out and put on their fridge.
Co-owners Patrick Cabello and Brian Cirillo have firsthand knowledge of what it takes to be inspired to get fit. Patrick learned how much dedication it takes when he transformed his body from 230 pounds with more than 25% body fat to a chiseled 185 pounds. Brian spent years as a personal trainer, spurring his students toward their fitness goals with enthusiasm. Today, the fitness gurus use their hard-won experience to handpick a fleet of instructors they determine to be friendly, focused, and charismatic enough to motivate exercisers toward their own personal transformations. Inside the 2,400-square-foot studio, the instructors lead hip-shaking Zumba classes to strengthen cores, spinning classes that whip hearts into a cardio frenzy, and kickboxing sessions to equip students with defensive moves and Rockette-intimidating high kicks. Personal trainers can help gym-goers devise a strategy for achieving fitness goals, or visitors can attack the studio's cattle ropes, poles, punching bags, and monkey bars on their own.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
Cornucopia Cruise Line's ships transport guests through the inland waterways along the New Jersey shoreline. Each ship is appointed with up-lit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 400-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.