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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    Sushi Making Basics

    Spicy tuna? More like pricey tuna. If you love sushi, but hate those high prices, then skip the restaurants and let your sushi love go rogue with this DIY experience. In Sushi by Simon’s most popular class you’ll learn all of the skills and techniques you need to make your favorite maki sushi. You'll also get to sip on two free drinks to, you know, help you better absorb the information. With a menu of tuna, salmon, avocado, and cucumber, the only thing more fun than making your masterpieces will be eating them! Whether you’re city-bred through and through, or just in town for a visit looking for an authentic New York experience, you’ve got to try Basic Sushi Making. Your wallet and your belly will thank you.
    Sushi Making Basics

    307 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn the basic skills and techniques for sushi making
    • Make your favorite rolls with tuna, salmon, avocado, and cucumber
    • Eat and enjoy everything you make!
    • Enjoy two free drinks and a complimentary, handmade ceramic soy sauce bowl, as well as a branded apron
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    16 positive reviews
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    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs

    The fate of a life rests on your shoulders. Sure, it’s a fictional life…but your shoulders are real. While investigating a missing lab employee's disappearance, Biotech Labs did not cooperate with your detective team. Your team decides to search Biotech Labs without a warrant. With the security system disabled for one hour, your team is given a chance to sneak in to search the space for evidence, specifically a data disk. Upon entering, the security system initiates its reactivation and locks the door, forcing your team to find a way to escape the nebulous organization called Biotech Labs. During this escape room adventure, you’ll find yourself locked in the insidious Biotech Labs, where you’ll have to search the room for clues and solve a series of puzzles to determine the location of a missing man. To make the challenge even more pressing you’re put up against the clock, with one hour to solve the puzzle and escape the locked room before your goose is cooked. Luckily, you’ll have a small team to aid you in your task. Together, you’ll need to use the powers of your collective observational and critical thinking skills to unravel the mystery and save the day!
    Chapter 2: Biotech Labs

    365 7th ave, New York

    • Participate in a thrilling interactive game during which you must locate a data disk containing details of a man’s disappearance
    • Work within the 60-minute time limit to attempt to outwit the evil organization that you’re up against
    • Put your critical thinking skills and teamwork abilities to the ultimate test as you piece together clues
    • Enjoy an exciting and challenging game filled with anticipation and twists
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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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    70 positive reviews
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    Krav Maga - Beginner

    Want to take your training up another notch? Try Krav Maga, the self-defense system used by the Israeli Defense Forces. This class is designed for beginners and people with no prior experience. You will go over all of the basic moves including punches, heel strikes, a number of different kicks, releases, and chokeholds. You will also learn proper falling and rolling techniques to be used in a concrete environment, making your education in Krav Maga applicable to the real world.
    Krav Maga - Beginner

    164 W 25th St, New York

    • Cover basic moves such as punches, heel strikes, kicks, releases, and chokeholds
    • Learn how to properly fall and roll in a concrete environment
    • No experience necessary
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    86 positive reviews
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    Intro to Improv

    Here’s a fact you know too well: You’re so unfunny that funny stories become not funny when you tell them. And here’s a fact you didn’t know: Improv is not about trying to be funny! Say what? The way Magnet Improv does it, learning the art of improv is about presentation and interaction. Take who you are, your knowledge, experience, tastes and point of view, and by employing concrete techniques, play with other smart people doing just the same. That’s how you get the magic of improvisation. You’ll learn to do original, honest, and ridiculous funny work through games and exercises in this introductory level class. Develop skills that are useful in every aspect of your life, as it brings out the best in you in the classroom and beyond. If you’re ready to take risks, you’re ready for improv.
    Intro to Improv

    22 W 32nd St, New York

    • Learn the basics of improvisation through games and exercises that’ll get you thinking on your feet
    • Meet new people looking to take risks and let loose just like you
    • Act as many different characters in a fun, relaxed environment
    • No experience necessary
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    167 positive reviews
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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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    105 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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    BYOB Painting Workshop (2hr - Chelsea)

    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And then, upon making the attempt, do you find yourself at a loss as to how to even start? If you’re looking to recreate famous works of art -- Monet, Picasso, or even Van Gogh -- in one easy sitting, check out this Painting Workshop. In a fun, stress-free environment, let loose with some wine or beer and a blank canvas. Learn the basics from an experienced instructor, such as how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist. Recreate a masterpiece -- by the end of the night, you’ll be amazed with what you've accomplished.
    BYOB Painting Workshop (2hr - Chelsea)

    39 W 14th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through a relaxing, social form of art
    • Put your creative twist on museum staples
    • Sip on your own wine or beer in this fun environment
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    103 positive reviews
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    BYOB One Night Painting and Wine Party

    Creativity takes courage -- maybe even a little liquid courage. It’s high time you let your artistic freak flag fly with a night of wine-sipping, paint-dripping fun. In this workshop, you can learn a few techniques, take a sip, and jump right in. Because wine not?
    BYOB One Night Painting and Wine Party

    145 W 96th St, New York

    • Sip wine and create a painting to take home
    • Learn painting basics, including color mixing, brushwork, composition, and texture
    • Receive one-on-one attention to develop your painting skills in a fun environment
    • No experience necessary
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    57 positive reviews
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    Poke Bowls at Home

    We’ve got a feeling this fish-dish affair will be a real hit! Work under the guidance of Chef Ken as you master the art of the Hawaiian poke bowl. Learn to source ingredients, mix up recipes, and create artful dishes that will look as good as they’ll taste. On the menu: Classic Ahi Tuna Poke; Spicy Salmon Poke Bowls: Poke Gyoza Dumplings. Once the cooking is complete, sit down with your fellow foodies to dig in. Plus, indulge in wine pairings selected to complement the experience! Of course, we would have paired the poke with punch … but Chef Ken probably knows best.
    Poke Bowls at Home

    10 West End Avenue, New York

    • Master the art of creating Hawaiian poke bowls during a social culinary class
    • Learn to mix and match gourmet ingredients under the guidance of a professional chef
    • Enjoy a sit-down meal after the cooking is done, along with complimentary wine
    • Meet some fellow foodies and enhance your culinary knowledge
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    5 positive reviews

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