A lifelong acolyte of martial arts, native New Yorker and master instructor Joe Maurantonio discovered Bujinkan in the early ‘80s and trained under America’s top practitioners. An official member of the American Shidoshi Kai organization of Bujinkan teachers and the international Bujinkan Dojo, Maurantonio learned from international masters, including school founder soke Masaaki Hatsumi.
Comprising nine schools of martial arts, the Bujinkan tradition traces its roots to the styles used by ninja and samurai in feudal Japan. Classes eschew competition and artificial rules for exercises that recreate realistic combat situations. Students study attacks and defenses in slow exercises, perfecting rolls and disabling moves with a focus on personal growth, effective self-defense, and preparation for battles with armed closet monsters.
Marc Zeitschik, owner of Jos?-Marc Gallery, believes that art should be accessible to everyone. With the mission of making it possible for folks of all backgrounds to live with art, he fills his gallery with the work of emerging artists from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires. The gallery has also established a series of tours to galleries throughout New York where patrons can be exposed to a variety of interesting artwork from throughout the world.
A contestant on the Golf Channel’s reality show “Big Break Greenbrier”, Anthony Casalino continues to chase his dream of playing among golf’s elite. The pin-hunting protégé began playing golf at the age of 9, kicking off a career that would lead him to play golf at Iona College, pursue a career as a PGA Apprentice beginning in 2005, and compete in the National Golf Association Winter Tour in 2007, where he snagged a career best second-place finish in the Southern Dunes Winter Event. Having thrived on the course despite a slightly unorthodox swing and a refusal to blackmail Ben Crenshaw for putting advice, Anthony understands that there is not just one universal way to hit a golf ball successfully. During lessons, Anthony helps pupils develop a swing that feels comfortable for them and produces the desired on-course results.
Family owned since 1968, WestArt Gallery charges toward the half-century mark behind its motto, "You name it, we'll frame it." The business services both retail and wholesale clients at two locations, including one in Yonkers, where all orders are completed on the premises. WestArt clients can also browse the Thornwood show room, stocked with a variety of artwork and custom framing choices. There, steady hands seal special mementos behind glass, such as photographs, diplomas, and apprehended art thieves. When they're not situating frames around keepsakes, the WestArt staff is re-varnishing oil paintings to ensure that pigments remain glossy and vibrant well beyond their expiration date.
The cuisines of many cultures mingle in the kitchen of J & J Luncheonette Co. Chefs fry up everything from staple fish and chips to classic American burgers to coxinhas?fried chicken croquets commonly cooked by street vendors in Brazil. Breakfast ushers in such eye-opening eats as Spanish omelets, French toast, and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on homemade corn bread. Of course, those in the know know J & J Luncheonette Co. for its empanadas, which are available stuffed with steak or chicken, cheese and jalapenos, roast pork, or Italian sausage.
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