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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    Make Your Own Exquisite Chocolate Truffle

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    Calling all chocoholics! It's time to celebrate the world's favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you'll dip and decorate 16 impressive truffles in a variety of mouthwatering flavors using only the finest quality of ingredients. You'll get to personalize your treats every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you'll get to beautifully package your chocolates to give away as delicious gifts or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make Your Own Exquisite Chocolate Truffle

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Dip and decorate 16 exquisite truffles in a variety of mouthwatering flavors
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world's most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    18 positive reviews
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    Argentine Tango

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    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 żpor que no?
    Argentine Tango

    500 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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    40 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Midtown)

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    Ever find yourself strolling through a museum thinking I could do that, no problem? And you go home to 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 learn some basic tips from an experienced instructor on how to mimic the strokes of your favorite artist by recreating one of their masterpieces. By the end of the night, you'll be amazed with what you created.
    BYOB Painting (Midtown)

    40 W 38th St, New York

    • Learn step-by-step how to recreate a famous painting from Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso and others
    • Relieve stress through the creative 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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    25 positive reviews
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    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

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    Calling all chocoholics! It's time to celebrate the world's favorite sweet treat! During this chocolatiering experience, you'll mold and top 6 delicious chocolate bars using only the finest quality of ingredients. You'll get to personalize your treats every step of the way, from choosing your favorite kind of base chocolate to selecting delicious ingredients and flavors to boot! At the end of the session, you'll get to decorate and beautifully package your gourmet goodies to give away as delicious gifts...or to keep and devour (your sweet tooth will thank you)!
    Make Your Own Chocolate Bars

    221 W 79th St, New York

    • Mold and top 6 mouthwatering chocolate bars
    • Work with fine tempered chocolate, gourmet ingredients and toppings, and professional tools
    • Customize your creation every step of the way, including decoration and packaging
    • Indulge in the world's most celebrated treat during a chocolatiering experience
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    18 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Chelsea)

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    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 (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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    111 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting - $35

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    A dab here. A dab there. Take a sip. Repeat. Dab, dab, sip. Dab, dab, sip. You can really get into a rhythm with that painting and drinking! In this awesome class at Pinot's Palette Red Bank, you'll learn step-by-step how to create incredible works of art. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll work side by side with your friends or family and put paint to brush, brush to canvas, and glass to lips. And a funny thing happens when you combine art and alcohol -- your art starts to look a lot better. In fact, you might just walk out of there with a masterpiece! How will it look to you in the morning? We can't say.
    BYOB Painting - $35

    20 Ellis St, Staten Island

    • Create an incredible work of art with the help of an expert instructor and some liquid creativity
    • Sip on your favorite wine or beer from the venue's bar and enjoy it while you work side by side with your friends and family
    • Practice your art technique with the help of a professional who will help you work on your technique and answer your questions
    • Have fun and create a piece of art to take home!
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    16 positive reviews
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    Couples Cooking: Pizza and Wine Bar

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    Join ICE for this pizza party...and for your next pizza party at home, you'll have the ingredients for success. In this class for couples, you will learn step-by-step how to make the perfect pizza pie, prepare sophisticated sides, and more. Your complete menu will include: Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Shaved Parmesan; Homemade Caprese Salad with Handmade Mozzarella; Southern Italian Home-Style Pizza; Pizza Bianca; Egg and Potato Pizza; Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza; and Clam Pie. Don't forget dessert pizza: You will indulge in a Nutella and Banana Pie. You will enjoy your pies with Prosecco and Red and White Italian Wines. Time to get your pizza party started!
    Couples Cooking: Pizza and Wine Bar

    225 Liberty St, New York

    • Learn how to make the perfect pizza pie with your special someone
    • Work with a variety of different ingredients, including arugula, lemon, shaved Parmesan, homemade mozzarella, and sausage among other tasty morsels
    • Assemble a diverse pizza menu with something for everyone
    • Step up your pizza game and try something new
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    101 positive reviews
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    New York City Graffiti Lesson

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    Looking for new ways to paint the town? Shake things up with a graffiti lesson! All our graffiti lessons are run by working artists and are done at the highest level of integrity and art. We teach technical graffiti skills along with general art education. The graffiti lessons are 1 hour long and takes place at First St.Green Park (outdoors) located at 33 East 1st in Manhattan between First and Second Avenue. This is a great way to learn about the social and political forces that drive public arts, and expand your own creative options at the same time. You'll never be able to walk by a building again without wondering how much better it'd look with a little spray paint. Hope you have forgiving neighbors.
    New York City Graffiti Lesson

    Brooklyn or Manhattan, New York

    • Learn about NYC public arts during a graffiti tour and lesson
    • Understand the the social forces that drive the scene
    • Gain hands on experience helping to create a mural
    • Expand your understanding of a frequently controversial field
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    1 positive reviews
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    Intro to Improv

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    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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    180 positive reviews
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    Knife Skills

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    Knowing how to use knives skillfully is the foundation of all cooking, and should not be scary or frustrating. Many home and even professional cooks don't always wield a knife correctly, however, which increases food preparation time and makes the process harder, and less safe, than it should be. Good knives are the foundation of a well equipped kitchen. This class remedies all these basic issues: You will learn how to slice, dice, and chop in the safest and most efficient manner. Brendan McDermott, a professional chef and cooking instructor who started teaching knife skills at Brooklyn Kitchen in 2008 (New York declared his class Best Cooking Class of 2010), will guide you through the practice of keeping your knives sharp and handling them correctly. In his 10 years as a chef in New York, he has worked at Mesa Grill, RM, Patria, Olives, Alta, and Porchetta. He has also been featured on the show Working Class Foodies.
    Knife Skills

    225 Liberty St, New York

    • Learn to slice, dice, and chop with ease
    • Decrease food preparation time and ensure you are using knives safely and efficiently
    • No experience necessary
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    101 positive reviews

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