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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    Painting Workshop (Brooklyn)

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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 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.
    Painting Workshop (Brooklyn)

    309 Roebling St, Brooklyn

    • 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
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    19 positive reviews
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    Meditation (30 min)

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    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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    15 positive reviews
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    Stretch & Flexibility

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    Did you ever learn how to properly stretch? High school soccer involved avoiding stretching more than actually stretching. Now that you're a little older, those tightened muscles need to release tension, so, when you stretch your hammies, it better be the right way. During this Aerial Arts NYC class, you'll learn proper posture and placement to stretch your muscles, moving through the spine and engaging the core. Releasing tension and increasing flexibility in the arms, legs, back, and everything in between, you'll work your way to a more agile and better feeling body.
    Stretch & Flexibility

    235 E 49th St, New York

    • Learn how to properly stretch the spine and engage your core
    • Stretch your arms, back, legs, and everything in between
    • Test your posture and placement for more effective stretches
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    34 positive reviews
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    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    Looking for some sweet skills? Turn your body into a flurry of fury by learning Krav Maga! Developed by the Israeli military, this highly effective self-defense system incorporates elements from multiple martial arts practices, including aikido boxing, judo, and wrestling. During this all-levels class, you'll receive professional instruction in the fundamentals of Krav Maga. You'll learn through stand-alone and partner drills, and hone your combat thinking during controlled sparring sessions. The dynamic environment provided by Krav Maga Experts makes room for both beginners and experts alike, so you'll have the opportunity to hone your skills against all levels of opponent. In the process of training, you'll also find yourself getting in a great workout, and developing the confidence and focus of someone trained in the martial arts. Plus, telling people you practice Krav Maga automatically makes you the coolest person in the room.
    Krav Maga (Union Square)

    99 University Pl , New York

    • Discover a powerful and efficient self-defense style that incorporates elements from several martial arts
    • Develop key skills in Krav Maga, such as powerful counter-attacks, fast reaction time, and strategic hand-to-hand combat thinking
    • Get a great cardiovascular workout that will help you develop muscle tone and body awareness
    • Experience the confidence boost that comes from developing martial arts proficiency
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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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    45 positive reviews
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    Silks

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    Are you easily impressed by air-defying acrobatics? Come try them for yourself with a beginner aerial silks class! Learn what it feels like to dance through the air on a piece of sturdy fabric hanging from the ceiling. You will practice a variety of climbs, wraps, and poses with a focus on transitions and fluidity. As you develop your strength, you will advance to more difficult moves such as drops and choreography. This is a great way to begin your journey towards reaching new heights and conquering any fears you may have, height-wise or not. Wrap yourself in silks in this great circus experience!
    Silks

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Be introduced to the art of aerial silks and its variety of acrobatic aspects
    • Discover your personal affinity for being free in the air, assisted by your sturdy silk
    • Practice climbs, wraps and poses and enhance your strength
    • Exercise your mind and body as both develop new strength and dexterity
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    33 positive reviews
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    German Wheel Circus Art

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    The German Wheel has become one of the most popular and exciting acts in most circus shows, awing audiences with its sheer size and the incredible ability of the performers manipulating it. Discover the secrets to this incredible act as you participate in an all-levels class focused on this incredible apparatus. A professional instructor will guide you as you learn how to flip and roll your way around the room, using strength and agility to move in unison with your wheel. You'll explore key techniques and gain the confidence to try new moves as you channel your inner circus performer and become master of your own ring.
    German Wheel Circus Art

    350 Moffat St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the circus art of the German Wheel from a professional instructor
    • Practice the proper maneuvers to get yourself rolling
    • Gain strength and flexibility
    • No experience necessary
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    33 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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    44 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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    123 positive reviews
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    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.
    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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