Unlike many nightlife hotspots, The Urban Art Bar does not feature dimmed lights and loud music. Instead, overhead fluorescents provide ample light to see by and soft music fills the background to create an atmosphere catering to their patrons’ true task—painting. At the head of the room sits one of a team of resident artists, each a local professional, who leads each gathering in the step-by-step re-creation of a particular painting. The staff also provides all necessary materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, and smocks, which prevent paint from getting all over clothing when students joyously hug their finished product. To fuel this creativity fest, the Bar provides wine and beer for patrons to sip on as they relax and explore their artistic side.
The F.I.T.T. Pit's CEO and head fitness coach Andre Thomas leads a team of attentive trainers who help kick-start clients’ exercise programs, no matter their age. In the 30-day outdoor boot camp for adults, instructors lead workouts and show clients how to stick to a nutrition plan and stay focused on their goals. A course tailored to older adults helps participants stay healthy by building muscle mass, which can ease joint pain and increase metabolism. And kids can learn healthy habits to last a lifetime in a fitness program that combines exercises and games.
The certified techs of Quality Air know that air ducts are the wind-pipes of your living structure, so they make it their mission to maintain HVAC systems, AC coils, and furnaces, allowing everyone to breathe easy. When they tackle ducts in particular, the team skillfully evicts accumulated dust, mold, and grime to optimize indoor air quality and minimize allergens. In addition to ductwork, they also ably handle other tasks that homeowners often overlook including tuning-up furnaces and installing electrostatic filters. Not only do most of their services help improve indoor air-quality, but they also help trim energy bills by improving HVAC-system efficiency.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.