Empire Martial Arts schools men and women ages 14 and older of all fitness and experience levels in the ways of krav maga, self-defense, and martial arts within a 6,500-square-foot studio. The real-world self-defense tactics of krav maga have been taken up by law enforcement, military, and vigilante anti-jaywalking groups across the globe as well as making ordinary civilians more sinewy, while fitness boot camp licks limbs into shape with varied high-energy routines. Mixed-martial-arts sessions stir up a potent cocktail from the kickboxing strikes and blocks of muay thai and the grappling techniques of Brazilian jujitsu. Each class has a different schedule with its own days, times, and recommended wine pairings.
Founded in 1905 by the store's eponymous "CK"—Charles Klarsfeld—the shop has seen many bikes roll through its doors over ten-and-a-half decades. Today, the current owners continue to scuff up the floor with the tire tracks with the latest and greatest velocipedes, stocking more than 500 bicycles from brands such as Schwinn, Raleigh, and Trek in its subterranean storeroom. In the upstairs show room, cycles from everyday commuters to specialty BMX and mountain bikes flaunt their shiny frames amid cycling apparel from brands such as Garneau and Massimo. Meanwhile, trained techs in CK Cycles' onsite service shop perform a range of services, from doing yearly tune-ups to rectifying the faulty, albeit supercharged modifications made by sitcom tool-show hosts.
The cycling experts at Broadway Bicycle Co. pair riders with mountain, road, triathlon, and hybrid bikes from top industry brands such as Redline and Specialized. In-house cycling savants offer fittings in a private room to ensure that a bike and its potential owner both enjoy long rides on the beach and passive-aggressive air-horn blasts. While their bikes are being adjusted or outfitted with new tires, cyclists can browse air pumps, helmets, and accessories to enhance bike performance. Parents dropping in to service their bikes or to try on cycling gear can send their wee ones to draw on the chalkboard walls of the children’s room.
The instructors at Nataraja Center for Movement Arts specialize in niche, hard-to-find dance styles. Along with common fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates, they lead sessions in disciplines such as flamenco dance and tribal-fusion belly dance—an exotic blend of serpentine movements, athleticism, and three-dimensionality. Besides developing rhythm and coordination, classes can also help students improve their strength, muscle tone, and flexibility.