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.
With no costumes, sets, or functioning lightsabers, Canadian comedic force Charlie Ross whisks audiences to a faraway galaxy in his One Man Star Wars Trilogy, a funny and fervent reinvention of cinema’s most hallowed science fiction series. A smash hit off-Broadway and across the globe, Ross’s breakneck performance has earned accolades from critics, the respect of Lucasfilm, and love from famous Ewoks such as Vin Diesel and Conan O’Brien. Racing through George Lucas’s six-hour opus in only one parsec, Ross screen-wipes audiences to Tatooine, Dagobah, Cloud City, and the Death Star without ever changing his pants. The performer inhabits all of the trilogy’s heroes, villains, and droids to draw Jabba-sized laughs from Star Wars fans and the sci-fi averse alike.
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.
Winston Buddle, founder and director of Golden Touch Soccer, has worked with thousands of young soccer players over two decades of coaching?including his son, Edson, an MLS All Star. Winston's own career began in Montego Bay, where he was a feared striker at every level he played. That success snowballed into an impressive professional career in the U.S., Greece, and Cyprus. Since trading in his cleats for a whistle, Winston has helped transform youth soccer players into Division I athletes, regional and national stars, and potential Olympians. Students soak up his wisdom during camps, classes, and one-on-one training sessions, during which Winston not only teaches them skills and techniques, but also the game's strategic aspects, ensuring they'll be able to navigate the field like a young Napoleon.
It can be hard to find craft beer from all over the country in one place, unless you're at Big Brew NJ, which introduces attendees to more than 250 craft beers from breweries such as Clown Shoes Beer from Massachusetts, Otter Creek Brewing from Vermont, and Shiner from Texas. With such a wide array of regional styles and unlimited tastings in 5-ounce souvenir glasses, chances are good that visitors will find something they haven't tried before, especially if they have amnesia. To complement all the suds and the camaraderie of craft-beer aficionados, the festival features live entertainment and tasty food, including beer-infused hors d?oeuvres served to VIP ticket-holders.
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.