New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Traditionalists beware—The Haunt at Rocky Ledge is no mere haunted house. The frights start in the middle of the woods as guests find themselves navigating the Forest of Lost Souls under direction from a ghastly tour ghoul. If they're lucky enough to make it past the terrifying trees, wanderers will soon find themselves lost in the twisting paths of the Field of Screams corn maze, searching desperately for a finish line that merely waits to usher them to another frightful fate in the Haunted Barn. Patrons who manage to survive long enough to make it to the haunt's end and the final Last Rites attraction can rally their spirits and replenish their strength at the snack bar or head home to hide under the covers.
At Quiet Events?s quiet clubbing parties, partiers gyrate, dance, talk, and party . ... in utter silence. When the party begins, each visitor gets a pair of high-quality wireless headphones that allows them to control and tune into one of three DJs spinning tracks, indicated by a blue, red, or green LED light which lets revelers know which DJ fellow club-goers are listening and dancing to. Onlookers without headphones, however, will hear nothing but the partiers' cheers and feet hitting the pavement. Sometimes, through the wireless headphones, party hosts will teach, organize, and direct partiers dance moves or ways to interact with onlookers. They then match up with other revelers and party the night away, while all remains quiet on the outside. The silent nature of the parties allows them to be thrown anywhere, from parks and street corners to museums, backyards, or a hip-hop mogul?s private nap room.
With directors, talent agents, and professional performers composing the faculty, it's no wonder the students at Class Act Studios spend much of their class time in front of the camera. With courses geared specifically toward kids, tweens, teens, and adults, the studio covers fields of study ranging from commercial work to film acting. Soap-opera and sitcom classes equip actors with genre-specific skills, such as how to expertly mimic the sound of a live studio audience. Improv and scene-study courses help students inhabit any scenario, with or without a script. Instructors even run private tutoring sessions and birthday parties that thrust invited friends in front of the camera.
NYC Skeeball League brings players from around the city together for structured, social rounds of the classic boardwalk game. At bars across Manhattan and Brooklyn, league members test their mettle against one another during game nights featuring two matches of seven games apiece. Although winners enjoy the sweet taste of victory, all participants receive the benefit of meeting new people as well as free games of skee-ball on league nights and frequent after parties at host bars. Players in groups of four or more can form their own league team, and individual players can sign up as free agents, where they will be paired with others after fierce contract negotiations sweetened by bonus high-fives.
John DelVecchio is a seasoned and certified golf instructor who has been helping students sharpen their swings for 25 years. He begins each training plan with a thorough one-on-one evaluation, including video swing analysis and assessments of the golfer’s current chipping, pitching, and full-swing techniques. While investigating each component from numerous angles, John takes note of strengths and weaknesses, then provides helpful training drills designed to correct any bad habits. He operates out of Westchester Golf Range—a plot of land in White Plains that has accommodated golfers of all ages for more than a half-century.