"This is a candy shop for creativity," Make Meaning's CEO, Dan Nissanoff, told New York Family. The crafting hotspot, named the Best Crafting Hub by New York Magazine, boasts a dizzying range of activities. Inside the brightly lit confines, youngsters and adults can make candles, jewelry, and soap. They can also paint ceramic pieces, create paintings on canvas, and decorate cakes.
The inspiration behind the business? The connections that Nissanoff made with
his family when they worked on craft projects together. In order to offer that up to other families, he created Make Meaning, where he and his staff lead guests through craft projects, organize special events from corporate gatherings to birthday parties, and encourage inventiveness and fun.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular service: Acupuncture
Brands Used: Serin needles, Japanese golden moxa
Boris Shapiro grew up in the Soviet Union with a fascination with martial arts and Eastern medical practices instilled in him at an early age. He initially pursued Western medicine as a career, and in an attempt to broaden his abilities, he began incorporating Eastern practices into his work. However, after earning his medical doctorate, he decided to abandon his traditional Western practice, and headed to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York to earn a degree in acupuncture. He has since studied under countless acupuncture experts, and applies his knowledge one needle at a time, working to help his patients maintain overall wellness. Among many other ailments, his treatments are designed to address back pain, stress, fatigue, and depression.
True beginners are welcome at ArteVino Studio, where local instructors tap into their students' hidden talents. Among the roster of experienced teachers includes a Parsons The New School for Design graduate who painted portraits for the prince of Spain and another who worked for Oscar-winning animator John Canemaker. These dexterous painters lead social BYOB classes as well as multisession workshops in topics such as color theory and impressionism.
During more laid-back BYOB group classes, 8?20 pupils uncork their preferred beverages and set to work creating a 16?x20? canvas painting. The studio provides all necessary supplies, including paint, brushes, and state-certified muses. Students can also reserve the studio for private parties, or pay by the hour for walk-in studio sessions, during which they have use of ArteVino?s supplies and can store their paintings until they're complete.
Inside a vibrantly lit ballroom, the names of two newlyweds glow in big, cursive letters on the dance floor. The venue, an expansive space with arched ceilings and ornate chandeliers, is no doubt a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, but Majestic Events' team has gone above and beyond to make the space unique to the bride and groom.
This quest to personalize each event is what fuels the decisions of Majestic Events' photographers, videographers, DJs, emcees, and lighting technicians. Their services include live music, photography, and lighting design and were awarded WeddingWire?s Bride?s Choice award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
All of the instructors at Hudson Dance Studio are professional- and champion-level dancers who have trained in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Armed with an encyclopedic overseas knowledge of dance, they lead students of all skill levels through classes that explore myriad styles, including Latin and ballroom dance, as well as Argentine tango, swing, and hustle. The instructing team fosters a supportive environment in which students can meet new people, have fun, and feel comfortable. Hudson Dance Studio frequently hosts dance parties and special events, and is also available for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Unless you've been to Ecuador, you probably haven't seen Twist and Smash'd's signature dish, the twisted potato. The father-daughter team behind the eatery discovered the twisted potato at a tiny cafe in Ecuador and knew that Americans would love the treat?a cross between a potato chip and french fry that's crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and served on a stick.
They brought the idea back here and opened their Twist and Smash'd franchise. Visitors to Long Island City's Twist and Smash'd Sports can enjoy the twisted potato plus the sports bar's three Bs: burgers, beer, and bocce.
The burgers: Blue-cheese-topped buffalo chicken burgers, lump-crab-meat burgers, and a veggie burger with caramelized onions and mango salsa prove the chefs aren't afraid to experiment with a classic.
The beers: The bar's extensive beer menu runs the gamut from pale ales and hard ciders to imported bottles of Quebecois La Fin Du Monde.
The bocce: This is not just a sports bar in the sense that its TVs broadcast NFL games; there's a bocce court right on the premises. The game is refereed by the bartenders?their rule is final and they won't be swayed by promises that you'll wash all their socks for a month.