Once upon a time, a deserted stretch of Commerce Avenue may have been enough to make even the most unflinching New Yorker jumpy after dark. But today, something truly terrifying is lurking in the borough. Haunted-house vets Timothy Haskell, Bobby Ferrara, and Steve Kopelman have unleashed a horrifying host of zombies into this fog-filled, strobe-lit warehouse, where groups of willing victims must navigate each twist and turn if they hope to save their delicious brains. To make it through the 15- to 20-minute journey alive, guests must steady their nerves against loud noises, uneven footing, and tight spaces, as well as actors who may try to touch them or pass them a copy of their newest headshot.
Actor Jamie Hector has made a career playing bad guys: drug lord Marlo Stanfield on The Wire, criminal Benjamin “Knox” Washington in Heroes, and villain Lincoln DeNeuf in Max Payne. The real-life Jamie, however, has a much different agenda. As one of the three founders of Moving Mountains, he draws New York’s inner-city youth off the streets and into the theater in order to steer them away from negative influences, such as bullying, gangs, violence, and substance abuse. He and his team of industry mentors cultivate an ensemble of young performers, musicians, and writers who create original plays and short films that delve deep into their age group’s social issues while spreading strong positive messages. In Moving Mountains’ film studio, mentors train budding directors, photographers, and technicians to create and promote short films and promotional artwork with the aid of industry-standard equipment. The mentors and their most senior students also tackle social problems at the source by traveling to city schools to educate audiences on topics including bullying, sexting, and how to make good choices in education and personal relationships.
A colorful creature soars high above Rocky Point's coastline. Its rainbow sail lifts, dips, and turns over sandy beaches and a blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. The gliders in question belong to GMI Paragliding School, which makes its home along Rocky Point, a site insured by the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association. The school’s skilled instructor introduces beginners to the basics of paragliding, which include ground control, monitoring the weather, theory, and techniques to avoid attracting amorous vultures. After mastering beginner skills, new flyers can join Long Island Paragliding Club to pursue dreams of someday touching the sky’s ceiling.
Inside Uptown Sports Complex's 16,000-square-foot facility, the cracks of baseball bats, the beats of hip-hop dance classes, and the rallying cries of cheerleaders combine into a constant, energetic din. The complex gives visitors of all ages plenty of outlets for their energy, such as baseball and gymnastics training camps for youngsters and Zumba dance classes for adults. Kids' classes typically take place after school and during the summer; check the class schedule for current class offerings.
With more than 100 years of history behind it, the St. John's University athletics department has earned the respect of rival programs in a number of sports. The past century has seen the St. John's men's basketball team rack up the seventh-most victories in the NCAA, sending 60 players to the pros in the process. As a testament to its success, the basketball team now plays most of its home games at Madison Square Garden, world-famous for its bewildering lack of plantlife. The school has also had success in baseball and soccer, making six College World Series appearances and taking home the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship in 1996.
Certified professionals serve up a flurry of small-group and private clinics at Bay Terrace Tennis, an elite indoor facility where players of all skill levels develop their racket prowess and submit their bodies to challenging workouts. Neon balls illuminate the indoor courts as groups of four to six learn to chart cross-court trajectories that leave opponents haplessly ensnared in a mess of netting and sweatbands. The size of each five-week clinic ensures a high degree of personal attention and a low tolerance for using the court to play golf. Instructors place students according to their level, so beginners can start from scratch while seasoned vets brush up on their backhands and prepare to reignite rectangular rivalries with former Tour menaces.
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