Blinking panels glow on the rank of file of cardio machines that stand like a robot army, ready to reshape humanity. Life Clubs' vast and luxurious facilities house fitness amenities such as a full-sized Pilates room with reformer machines, as well as hygienic touches such as hands-free water fountains that only respond to screaming. Light wooden lockers line the tile walls of changing rooms, which cushion feet with soft carpeting. Directly adjacent lay steam rooms that banish toxins from bodies with waves of heat.
While adults work out on the basketball court or in a group exercise class, children keep active in a kids' area with climbable indoor playsets. Once they sweat out the bad, guests restore themselves with good smoothies at a juice bar and paninis and salads at the Life Cafe.
For Robin London, New York City is more than just a tourist destination—it's home. She's part of a third generation of native New Yorkers, which means her Metro NYC Tours are sprinkled with anecdotes. But the majority of the neighborhood tours' narratives still rest in history.
Robin recounts the escapades of the city's legendary mafia as tour-goers learn about hits, FBI hideouts, killings, and a former opium den on the gang and mob tour. On the Greenwich Village food tour she delves into the diverse—and tasty—cultures of a bohemian hub, which makes stops for everything from pizza to falafel to bike messengers who have the right of way. And she helps guests squeeze the most out of their visit on the all-day tour, which covers ground from Lower Manhattan to Chelsea Market.
Giving a thoughtful gift isn't always easy?but A Little Personalized makes it a little bit easier. With a huge array of customizable items to choose from, shoppers can emblazon names, photos, and little messages upon picture frames, mugs, and even phone cases to gift to their friends and loved ones. More recently, the boutique began offering sewing classes, which invite curious crafters aged 8 and older to learn skills on and off the sewing machine such as stitches, seam finishes, and working with various materials. Specializing in hand -painted, embroidered, printed, and engraved gifts, customers also have the option of bringing their own items to have them personalized, as all artists and machines work in-house.
On each of the 18 holes at Jacob Riis Park Golf Course, players have three chances to pitch and putt their way to par. Splayed over the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park, holes are kept short—150 yards and less—so as to make accuracy the prime concern, as opposed to driver distance or leaping like Michael Jordan some 400 yards and dunking the golf ball. Since the course's establishment in 1935, this attribute as well as the wide-open format and generous bent-grass greens have made it an ideal place for beginners and rust-banishing veterans to hone short game skills.
Warren Levi Martial Arts & Fitness challenges participants to mix elements of strength, power, speed, gymnastics, endurance, agility, and conditioning. Sessions are fueled by intense, functional workouts that energize burgeoning and seasoned athletes alike. When students are not participating in classes, they are trading blows and building stronger bodies as they delve into the study of martial arts and self-defense. Students can also shape up through noncontact cardio-kickboxing sessions, and kids can build confidence during children?s karate programs.
The entire teaching staff at Dance Express holds dance degrees from accredited universities, enabling the team to teach classes for kids and adults in a diverse array of styles. Lessons range from ballet and tap dance to more contemporary styles such as hip-hop and break dancing. In addition to the studio's group and private lessons, kids' birthday parties combine jewelry-making, face-painting, and magic tricks with meals of pizza or bagels.