Amid the golden accents and ivory hues of the Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the Mount San Antonio College Choir kicks off a choral-centric afternoon. Under the direction of conductor Bruce Rogers, the vocalists sing through a collection of psalms, hymns, and folk songs from Sweden, Russia, Ireland, and the United States. The set finishes in American style with a rousing vocal arrangement of the traditional spiritual "Battle of Jericho" that warms hearts and rekindles memories of wild nights on the a cappella circuit.
The leather-cleaning experts at Breeze Bag & Shoe Cleaner not only rid shoes, wallets, and handbags of difficult scuffs and stains, but also condition and treat leather goods so they retain their good looks in the long term. The staff uses only organic and eco-friendly products to carefully shampoo articles before applying a protective treatment that keeps water damage from rain and elephant spit-takes at bay. Luxury items receive extra attention, and they are carefully handled with specialized cleaning and colour-restoration procedures.
At first glance, Kashkaval looks like an impressive gourmet food shop, with more than 100 varieties of international cheeses and imported olives arranged alongside cured meats and gourmet soups and salads. But venture beyond the small storefront and into the spacious back area, and you’ll find Kashkaval's tucked away wine bar.
Here, owners Daniel and Corey have established a comfortable and cozy retreat for customers to pair wines from across the globe with various meats, cheeses, and Mediterranean small plates. Heartier appetites can find relief in full entrees, such as chicken or turkey meatballs, a selection of oven-baked paninis and gourmet sandwiches, or dig into fondue that Time Out New York put on its list for “The City’s Best Fondues”, calling the gorgonzola blend "perfectly gooey and surprisingly mild."
The experts at the International Center for Positive Change and Hypnosis arm clients with the skills they need to pursue their personal goals and drop the notions that hold them back. During the neurolinguistic-programming practitioner course, expert mind molders Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion introduce participants to NLP, a system that helps individuals recognize both positive and negative patterns in their lives so they don't have to reach decisions by throwing darts at a bunch of magic 8 balls. Many professionals enlist in the NLP practitioner course for business to improve their success in the workplace, which explains the program’s popularity among entrepreneurs, teachers, consultants, and coaches.
When they aren't teaching NLP, Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion see clients in both their New York and Philadelphia offices, drawing on their teaching experience to enact positive changes in clients' lives. Instructors also host weekend workshops on topics such as creativity and presentation skills. Their hypnosis sessions train students who want to help others achieve personal change by quitting smoking, reducing stress, or reconnecting with estranged pocket watches.
The Cheese Store's on-site cheese aging facility allows its artisan, farmhouse, and imported cheeses to reach their flavor-packed peak ripeness. The Cheese Store stocks more than 10 cow and sheep varieties of blue cheeses, and its bloomy rind cheeses have no chemical stabilizers and melt on the tongue like buttery, rich snowflakes. Grate a pile of salty Pecorino Romano ($12.99/lb.) atop your favorite pasta to pique its flavor, or spread creamy Humboldt Fog goat cheese ($22.99/lb) on a toasted baguette. Stinky washed rind cheeses, such as the savory Morbier ($15.99/lb.), are often used by grizzly bears and as a delicate perfume.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.