In its second year, The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show continues to draw inspiration from one of the globe’s most bike-friendly cities, showcasing thousands of road bikes, dutch bikes, and other styles while promoting safe urban cycling. The bike display sprawls across three stories and more than 33,000 square feet, and bike giveaways throughout the weekend arm patrons for stylish riding or perfecting their slow-motion Lance Armstrong impressions. In Bikelandia, the show's seminar portion, authors and experts present on cyclist issues such as New York’s bike lanes, and a fashion show flaunts the trendiest bike outfits and accessories. As they tour the festivities, patrons can sip complimentary pints at the Grolsch Lager beer garden and nosh on mouth-watering eats. The show also benefits Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates for stronger biking, walking, and public-transit infrastructure.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or solving a riddle.
At Astoria Family Orthodontics, Doctor Robert J. Lopatkin examines clients’ mouths and corrects alignment issues with conventional braces, Invisalign treatments, and orthodontic surgeries. Boasting extensive experience in the field of dentistry and orthodontics, including attaining his DDS from SUNY and being named a member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Lopatkin has acted as a Diplomate on the American Board of Orthodontics since 1988, the year when the first retainer was sent into space. Within his practice, the doctor treats both adults and children with comprehensive services including examinations, x-rays, and active orthodontic therapies, including the application and regular adjustment of corrective apparatuses.
Manhattan Helicopters' staff zips passengers past the Big Apple's most iconic attractions while narrating trips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese. Each one of their pilots must log thousands of training hours before steering whirlybirds past landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden. Voice-activated Bose headsets provide crystal-clear communications between pilots and riders, and large windows deliver unobstructed views of Governors Island and the distant Palisades. Plush leather seats equipped with cup holders equally absorb chair-gripping excitement and reveries more peaceful than a nap in a stork's bindle.
Sue Phillips wields a very special power: the mastery of scents. The fragrance specialist has designed perfumes for Tiffany and Burberry, scent-based bouquets for Teleflora, and ambient smell-scapes for cruise ships and restaurants. As the president and CEO of Scenterprises, she also shares this power with her customers at her perfume-building workshop in her Tribeca studio—The Scentsorium, which was recently covered by Crain's.
The name is a play on the Latin word “sensorium,” which referred to the limbic system: the part of the brain that analyzes sensation. It's an idea that fits with the studio's mission to help clients discover how aromas connect with raw emotion and memory. Workshops teach visitors to mix more than 10 house perfume blends—ranging from citrus and floral to musky and woodsy—into their own custom creations. House fragrance specialists can also design complex, bespoke scents that can help clients feel like entirely new, better-smelling people. True to its name, The Scentorium is a feast for all the senses: walls are hung with watercolor art by Sue's late mother Grace Phillips, classical music flows from the speakers, and herbal teas and snacks are served.