NYC Summer School -- 5 Classes That Will Make you a Real New Yorker

August 8, 2016

New York City has the spirit of a fighter, the determination of a dreamer, and the swagger of a champion. Not everyone is capable of holding their own in this place so full of character, life, food stands, and skyscrapers.

But there are tricks to the trade -- lessons to be learned, experiences to dive into, and fears to conquer. Don’t be afraid of a city deemed "the concrete jungle." You can and will become a concrete Tarzan, damnit.

So grab your vine and swing into NYC summer school. These NYC classes are bound to make you the ultimate New Yorker -- complete with just the right amount of charming arrogance that makes the Big Apple so welcoming.

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    Cupcake Class (East Village)

    Learn how to make cupcakes the Butter Lane way! All you need to bring is yourself, your friends, and a lot of excitement, they will provide everything else. This class is designed for everyone, from the baking enthusiast, to the person who just wants to assist (and eat). You will learn all of the basics through the making of three cupcake recipes (three cakes and 3 icings). Everything from measuring and prepping to working a mixer like a professional, and perfecting the right amount of butter and sugar to make the best tasting icing, you will do. You will even make Butter Lane's three classic icings, American Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Cream Cheese, and have the chance to mix your own version of their famous flavors, like Raspberry, Peanut Butter or Cinnamon. Butter Lane will even show you the secret to their distinctive swirl! You will end up with three batches of different kinds of cupcakes and one very big smile!
    Cupcake Class (East Village)

    123 E 7th St, New York

    • Learn three cupcake recipes
    • Master American Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Cream Cheese icings
    • Mix your own flavors including Raspberry, Peanut Butter, and Cinnamon
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    111 positive reviews
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    Muay Thai - Trial Class

    Learn the “Art of the Eight Limbs”! Originating from Thailand, this class combines punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbows for a full-contact martial arts workout! You’ll be taught the basic techniques of muay thai boxing, while increasing your muscle definition, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning for a total mind and body workout. Taught by experienced muay thai champions, this class is ideal for both the amateur and the professional level student looking to advance in the sport. In just one workout, you’ll have more energy, feel younger and improve your overall heart strength!
    Muay Thai - Trial Class

    25 Park Place, New York

    • Learn the basic techniques of muay thai
    • Practice kicks, punches, elbows and knee strikes
    • No experience necessary
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    72 positive reviews
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    Public Speaking Class

    Overcome the fear of public speaking with gradual exposure, in a supportive environment. No matter how severe your issue or anxiety is, you can become a dynamic, confident communicator in virtually any speaking situation. The complimentary session is followed by an optional personal consultation, to help target the problem that you need help solving. Whatever the challenge -- formal presentation, group discussion, business meeting, sales confrontation, employment interview -- the program is customized to fit your needs. Face your fear in manageable steps, at your own pace.
    Public Speaking Class

    131 W 72nd St, New York

    • Overcome your fear of public speaking, no matter how severe it is
    • Get a personal consultation to help target your unique problems
    • Increase your communication skills and reduce anxiety in any situation
    • Work through your fears in a safe, supportive environment
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    55 positive reviews
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    Best Homemade Pizza

    Whether you like your pizza with a thick or a thin crust, with tons of sauce or no tomato at all, this class will give you a repertoire that includes just about everyone's favorite. You'll start by learning to make doughs for both thick- and thin-crusted pizzas, and while the doughs are rising, prepare various toppings. You'll learn proper baking techniques, and work hands-on to make the following pizzas: Traditional Pizza Margherita (tomatoes, basil and mozzarella); Pizza Bianca (ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Gorgonzola); Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Garlic Oil; Portobello Pizza with Balsamic Vinegar; Pancetta and Cheese Pizza Topped with Arugula and Tomato Salad; Prosciutto and Ricotta Calzone; Southern Italian Home-Style Pizza; Roman Potato Pizza; Sfinciuni (the original Sicilian pizza); Barese Pizza (caramelized onions, anchovies, and olives); and Focaccia.
    Best Homemade Pizza

    225 Liberty St, New York

    • Learn how to make both thin- and thick-crusted pizzas
    • Work hands-on to create pizzas with a variety of tasty toppings
    • Master proper pizza baking techniques
    • No experience necessary
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    77 positive reviews
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    Private Chocolate Making

    The way to anyone's heart is through the stomach. Win over that dashing crush of yours with homemade chocolates made with high-quality chocolate provided to you by Tache Artisan Chocolate. The treats you create will not only be tasty, but customized and much more meaningful than mediocre chocolates from the corner store! You'll spend an hour and a half in the chocolate factory learning everything from cultivating, tempering, tasting, coating, to decorating your own delicious chocolate delicacies! Make popular treats like chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars, and grignotines (French chocolate clusters of dried fruits and nuts). If you're feeling adventurous, feel free to invent your own creations!
    Private Chocolate Making

    254 Broome St, New York

    • Learn to cultivate, taste, coat, and decorate your own chocolates
    • Create chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars, or whatever else your heart desires
    • Bring home or gift all your creations in cute packaging
    • Exercise your creativity (and feed your hunger) in this fun class
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    18 positive reviews
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    Meditation (30 min)

    We all could use a break sometimes, if not everyday, and in this 30-minute meditation class you’ll get just that! This 30 minute primer will help you clear your mind of the troubles that weigh you down. You’ll learn mindfulness techniques that will help you still yourself and focus on the things that matter. You’ll enjoy following the lead of an experienced instructor as you focus on your breathing and aligning your energies to create positive effects on the rest of your everyday life. Do it for your health. Do it for your mind. Do it for your heart. Now say it slowly with us: Na-mahhhhh-ste….
    Meditation (30 min)

    944 8th Ave, New York

    • Spend 30 minutes in a guided, group meditation led by an experienced professional
    • Refocus on your inner self to achieve a greater calm and generate more positive energy
    • Learn mindfulness techniques that will help you deal with stressful situations in the future
    • Remind yourself of what really matters in life, mainly your health and happiness
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    9 positive reviews
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    Boxing - Trial Class

    Whether you’re looking for a straight shot to a hot bod or a socially acceptable way to burn off steam (i.e. one that won’t land you in a lawsuit), boxing is the way to go. This introductory class combines many traditional elements of boxing with recent developments in fitness. You’ll learn basic boxing techniques like punching, defense, and footwork for a body-sculpting workout that is actually fun! Be prepared for a rewarding physical and mental challenge that will hone your practical self-defense techniques, confidence, and discipline. With the staff’s combined resume of over 300 fights, you can be sure that you’re learning from the experts.
    Boxing - Trial Class

    25 Park Place, New York

    • Learn the fundamentals of boxing, including punching, defense and footwork
    • Improve self-defense, discipline and confidence
    • Gain flexibility, muscular development, cardiovascular training
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    72 positive reviews
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    Japanese Swordsmanship Genbukan

    If the Walking Dead has taught you anything, it’s that knowing how to use a Japanese sword is incredibly useful in the zombie apocalypse. Don’t be unprepared if the dead start rising. Aikido of Westchester is best way to learn the artform of properly handling a Japanese sword. You’ll learn to unsheath, cut, and sheath your sword with finesse and proper technique. While the swords look and feel real, they are perfectly safe to use, so don’t worry about injuring yourself or others. Get in touch with your inner Michonne and learn how brandish a Japanese Sword with Aikido of Westchester.
    Japanese Swordsmanship Genbukan

    100 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

    • Learn the Japanese art of drawing a sword and cutting
    • Receive expert advice from passionate instructors
    • Use swords that look and feel like the real thing but are perfectly safe to use
    • Practice your moves on imaginary foes
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    1 positive reviews
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    Argentine Tango

    Ever heard the expression it takes two to tango? Well for this class, it only takes one--and that's you! Take part in the elegant and traditional style of Argentine Tango in a friendly and supportive community of dancers. Learn from teachers whose structured and precise methods foster a fun environment to let your creativity and confidence flourish. With just one class you're guaranteed to be dancing the tango, and ready for more! Meet new people, get moving, and learn something new when you discover the beauty of Argentine Tango--because ¿por qué no?
    Argentine Tango

    519 8th Ave, New York

    • Learn the beginnings of the elegant style of Argentine Tango from an experienced community of dancers
    • Build confidence and meet new people looking for a new experiences, just like you!
    • Begin dancing the tango after just one lesson of the basic fundamentals
    • Hit the dance floor running... (err, dancing!) in this hands-on class where you'll learn as you go
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    36 positive reviews
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    Origami (Park Slope)

    Sometimes paper has more to say than the words that might be written on it. Explore the world of expression with the paper-folding art of origami. While normally associated with the Japanese, folding paper to produce art has origins in numerous Eastern and Western cultures, which together form the modern day version of origami. This class will teach you focus and care as you turn your mind to work on simple scrap of paper. You’ll be taught to form delicate and beautiful single-piece sculptures that will make stunning home decorations or thoughtful handmade gifts. By classes end, you’ll have the knowledge to create several beautiful pieces on your own, and the foundation for a lifetime of paper-folding relaxation. Who knew paperwork could be so much fun?
    Origami (Park Slope)

    95 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn

    • Learn the fundamentals of paper folding during this introductory art class
    • Turn ordinary paper into delicate sculptures that will delight and awe
    • Leave class with several origami pieces to keep or gift
    • Discover a new hobby with which to relax and indulge your creative side
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    3 positive reviews

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