Rain delays and snow-outs are never an issue within Hudson Baseball Center, where instructors lead baseball and softball lessons atop the indoor facility's evergreen turf. Working in individual practice lanes or in group clinics, players focus on improving distinct aspects of their game, including hitting, pitching, and fielding. Regardless of the specialty involved, every lesson places particular emphasis on critical thinking and physical discipline, valuable skills for both playing baseball and wrestling other jury members to settle an impasse. Comprised of former high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, the faculty includes the likes of a Class-A pitcher for the Reds, a high-school All-American with 14 years of coaching experience, and a softball player who spent 13 years with the Hoboken Shockers' traveling team.
Skateboarding, a sport invented by the popular videogame series Skate or Die, is gaining popularity among people of all ages and demographics. Unfortunately, fewer people are aware of longboarding, a mode of transportation similar to skateboarding except it incorporates wider, longer boards for a smoother ride. To prep for today's Groupon, here's a longboarding primer:
Over the course of a millennium and a half, the tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu has sojourned from the foot of Shaoshi Mountain to modern-day New York. The mindful martial art?equal parts meditation and physical training?crossed the ocean with Shi Guolin, a 34th-generation master of the art. He left his position as head coach at a Shaolin school in China to come to the States in 1992. Since opening his first school in New York, he founded four more branches in locations ranging from Port Washington to Flushing.
At each of these outposts, students can learn Shaolin kung-fu?a discipline that grew out of buddhism; traditional kung fu, which focuses more on physical stamina and strength; and Qigong, a form of wellness-building similar to yoga, developed in Shaolin monasteries. Even people who have never stepped foot in a dojo or formed an opinion about who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Panda can feel at home here. Trainers start at the beginning, and ease students in by practicing basic forms. They slowly introduce more techniques, weapon forms, and meditations into the training, all while transforming neophytes into steel-cut martial artists.
At Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE's events, culinary experts share some of their favorite things to eat and sip. Many of NYCWFF's hosts are acclaimed chefs with beloved television shows: attendees may rub elbows with the likes of Rebel Eats' Justin Warner and Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods . At the festival's Groupon-exclusive events, they can also broaden their palates through a range of experiences, including tastings, cocktail parties, and gourmet food fights between celebrity chefs. It's for a good cause, too: 100% of the NYCWFF's net proceeds go directly to Share Our Strength?s No Kid Hungry? campaign and Food Bank For New York City.