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.
Exercising candor and attentiveness, Apple Auto & Truck Care’s mechanics and technicians better vehicles with preventive maintenance and repairs. Owner Rich Caiola inherited the shop, which opened in 1957, from his father, renaming it in 2004 and rerouting his expertise as an electrical engineer toward keeping drivers safe and motors humming like a refrigerator getting its chin tickled. When not performing emission tests and brake checks on vehicles or servicing corporate fleets, the team dispenses auto-care tips on improving gas mileage and vehicle longevity.
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.