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

January 8, 2020

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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    Virtual Pre-Recorded Paint and Sip Class

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    Ready to take the art world by storm? Only one problem you don't know how to paint yet. Whoops. Don't worry though! This virtual studio session is the perfect way to get started. You'll be learning the essentials of acrylic painting as you work with a professional artist to create an original piece of art step-by-step. You'll pick up brush techniques and elements of theory that will open the doors to future projects. The best part is that you'll be able to do this all inside the comfort of your own home. Legend has it the Mona Lisa was painted at a shindig just like this one. Really
    Virtual Pre-Recorded Paint and Sip Class

    243 W 72nd St , New York

    • Enjoy all the fun and interaction of a Paint Place event from the safety of your home
    • Learn to paint by recreating pieces stroke-by-stroke along with a professional painter
    • Develop your painting ability by mimicking the styles of others to see how it is done inside-out
    • Walk away from the class with a brand new painting to decorate your home with or gift
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    Brooklyn Bridge 4 Hour eBike Rental

    Are you looking to boost your ride? This bike rental from Unlimited Biking offers everything you need to explore all over New York City without the tiresome work. You will have an adventure of a lifetime on a brand new, lightweight, Cannondale Quick NEO eBike with a motorized pedal assist. Now imagine being able to cycle through 800 acres of Central Park, ride along scenic waterfronts, bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and visit countless iconic landmarks with little pedaling. That is the comfortable and fun ride you will get to experience. What are you waiting for? Let's get that cycle on!
    Brooklyn Bridge 4 Hour eBike Rental

    38 Park Row, New York

    • Ride an electric bike while exploring all over New York City
    • Cycle through the magnificent Central Park, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, and across the Brooklyn Bridge
    • Visit iconic landmarks, historic sites, and scenic waterfronts
    • Enjoy a day filled with adventure, relaxation, and fun
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    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    Ever want to be that cool cat that knows where all the hidden nightspots are? This tour is your chance. Led by a neighborhood insider that knows everybody and who everybody knows, you'll hit the floor of one Harlem's most legendary venues, Minton's Playhouse. The "birthplace of bebop" was the stomping ground of some of the biggest jazz icons of the mid-20th century. If you're a jazz vocalist or musician, you might even get to jam alongside the world-class performers of the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet. In addition to partying at Minton's Playhouse, you'll pay homage to some of the great musicians enshrined on the walls of the landmark Apollo Theater. While these two destinations are must-stops, your tour guide might elect to spontaneously divert you to one of the many local dive bars in Harlem if she catches word of an impromptu jam session breaking out that can't be missed. This is a Harlem experience you won't get through any travel book!
    Harlem Juke Joint Jazz Tour

    300 West 116th St, New York

    • Discover a jazz bar on a hidden Harlem street that has been frequented by some of the biggest names in music
    • Take in two sets of live jazz jams by a world-class band
    • Visit the historic Apollo Theater and other Harlem hot spots
    • Enjoy an evening of entertainment and musical education
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    Salsa

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    Ready to turn up the heat on your dance moves? Even if you have no rhythm at all, this is the ideal beginner dance class for people who want to do a little dirty dancing. This beginner salsa dance class does not require any experience, just some enthusiasm and a little attitude. You'll learn the essentials of salsa, turning technique, musicality and shines, to develop the perfect foundation in the basics of this stylistic dance. So polish off those dancing shoes and showcase your Latin flair!
    Salsa

    37 W 26th St, New York

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa including turning technique, musicality, and shines
    • Partner is not required
    • No experience necessary
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    21 positive reviews
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    Capoeira

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    Trying to decide between a dance, martial arts, or fitness class? Who says you can't have them all? During this trial class, you'll get your first taste of the Brazilian martial arts style of capoeira. This mesmerizing art form incorporates elements of combat, acrobatics, dance, and music into a single entity, and can even be used to play games! You'll be introduced to a few of the basic kicks, escapes, and acrobatics needed to play capoeira. You'll also reap the full benefits of spending time in Capoeira Brasil's state of the art training center, a supportive and energetic location to further your study and workout gains. And let's talking about those gains: in addition to being both a self-defense technique and art, capoeira also provides practitioners with a highly effective fitness regime, toning the body, strengthening the core, and boosting motor control to incredible levels as they learn to execute its breathtaking maneuvers. Give it a try. We're pretty sure you'll flip for it!
    Capoeira

    440 Lafayette St, New York

    • Take the first steps to learning a graceful, unique martial arts technique that fuses dance, acrobatics, and combat
    • Master fluid motions and tricks you never knew you were capable of
    • Discover a workout regime that will develop your power, speed, agility, and balance
    • Build self-confidence while learning a dance that can also be used for self-defense
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    Brooklyn Graffiti Art Lesson

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    NYC has a way of leaving a mark on you. Now you can return the favor--with a professional graffiti lesson! Over the course of an hour, you'll be guided by working artists who see graffiti as more than just their name in bubble letters. Understand the cultural significance and provocative power of graffiti done right through informed insights and hands-on practice. Pick up basic skills that will serve as the foundational layer for your own graffiti-artist career. Shake up your perspective, and then go paint the town!
    Brooklyn Graffiti Art Lesson

    282 Meserole St , Brooklyn

    • Learn the fundamental elements of graffiti art during an introductory lesson
    • Develop your appreciation for outdoor art under the guidance of working artists
    • Pick up a new creative hobby that your neighbors will love to witness in progress
    • Leave with warm memories, awesome selfies, and a great souvenir
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    Iconic New York Photo Safari

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    New York, New York / I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps / To find I'm a number one / Head of the list / Cream of the crop at the top of the heap! This is iconic New York. Join Photo Safari on a fast paced exploration of NYC's iconic landmarks: Times Square, Chrysler building, Bryant Park, Grand Central, NY Public Library, and the Empire State Building. You'll take photos from the best vantage points for the best and most unique NYC photos, along with dissecting lines and angles to bring these buildings to life. Experience the city in its many forms as you conclude the photo safari with the sun setting and the city lights giving it a completely new feel. Melt away those little town blues. Rediscover what makes this city unlike any other city in the world.
    Iconic New York Photo Safari

    Midtown, New York

    • Photograph a collection of New York's most iconic buildings from unique angles
    • Learn the best vantage points, lines, and angles to bring these buildings to life
    • Take home pictures you'll be proud to share
    • All levels welcome
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    3 positive reviews

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