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

August 8, 2018

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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    Chinese Takeout

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    Everyone has a favorite Chinese Restaurant on speed dial and one click away on Seamless. Want to learn how to make some of the most popular Chinese Takeout dishes with a TBK twist? Who is this famous General Tso and what makes his chicken so good? Learn how to whip up this super tasty chicken dish, master delicious Chicken and Chive Dumplings with a Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce and fry up a classic Veggie Fried Rice. No meal is complete without a custom fortune cookie with a special note for your friends and loved ones and tips & tricks to help you master chopsticks. Leave the take-out menu at home and come join us for a fun night of Chinese favorites!
    Chinese Takeout

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Learn how to make delicious Chinese food dishes at home
    • Forget take out! You'll be able to do it yourself, from scratch
    • Take home a custom fortune cookie
    • Enjoy delicious food that you cooked yourself!
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    87 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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    103 positive reviews
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    BYOB Painting (Harlem)

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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 (Harlem)

    15 West 116th Street, 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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    4 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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    49 positive reviews
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    Make Your Own Leather Tote Bag

    "Hey -- stop staring at my tote!" How many times have you heard that? Well if you like totes so much, why don't you make your own? Brooklyn Shoe Space will teach you to make your very own tote bag while also introducing you to all sorts of sewing techniques. In this introductory class, you'll be supplied with everything you need to make your very own reversible tote bag. Learn a skill that you can take with you everywhere you go. With your newfound sewing expertise, you can make all sorts of clothes to give as gifts or keep for yourself. It's going to be tempting to NOT keep all the totes for yourself...
    Make Your Own Leather Tote Bag

    224 Roebling St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the basics of sewing and make your own awesome leather tote bag
    • Walk out of class with a stylish and practical piece of your very own
    • Work alongside like-minded students with leather on their minds
    • Be the envy of all your friends with your handsome new tote
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    Public Speaking Class

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    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

    • Observe a typical class to see if the program is right for you
    • Overcome your fear of public speaking, no matter how severe it is
    • Increase your communication skills and reduce anxiety in any situation
    • Work through your fears in a safe, supportive environment
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    107 positive reviews
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    Capoeira: Music & Games

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    Invented by enslaved Africans in Brazil, Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a tribal dance. Influenced by a blend of African cultures, this high energy and fun self-defense system is internationally popular with women, men and children as an exciting and fulfilling way to stay fit. During this class, you'll develop greater strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm, and agility as you practice kicks, ducks, spins, and other basic Capoeira moves. Engage in sequences with a partner, and learn to play the flowing Capoeira game under the guidance of a professional. With an emphasis on the rhythm, music and culture of Capoeira, you'll partake in sing alongs, instrument playing, and fun Capoeira games. Enjoy a unique combination of martial arts, dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music, all the while experiencing one of the most complete workouts and fitness programs you'll ever encounter!
    Capoeira: Music & Games

    107 Suffolk St, New York

    • Explore the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira
    • Practice Capoeira movements such as kicks, blocks, turns, and ducks
    • Engage in Capoeira sequences and freestyle flowing games
    • Partake in the culture of Portuguese with sing alongs and instruments
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    1 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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    23 positive reviews
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    Pop Star Dance Fitness

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    Getting drenched in sweat usually isn't the best way to channel your inner diva, but this is one fitness dance class might just prove the exception. That's because you'll be busting your booty to some of the best of pop star choreography, getting a great workout and having a great time at the same time. Each class focuses on a specific pop star and music video, and over the course of the class you'll master the moves featured in the video while dancing to high energy beats. In the process, you'll get a great aerobic workout, improve your stamina, flexibility, and motor coordination, and tone your body. You'll also find in Banana Skirt Productions' studio a supportive, collaborative fitness studio where you can let loose and be yourself. Yourself being Beyonce, of course.
    Pop Star Dance Fitness

    500/519 8th Ave, New York

    • Join an innovative dance fitness class for a workout based on pop star choreography
    • Tone your body and improve your strength and stamina while dancing
    • Learn some hip new dance moves to break out in the club later on
    • Have a fun time and build your confidence in a high-energy, supportive studio
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    8 positive reviews
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    Capoeira Flow

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    Invented by enslaved Africans in Brazil, Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a tribal dance. Influenced by a blend of African cultures, this high energy and fun self-defense system is internationally popular with women, men and children as an exciting and fulfilling way to stay fit. During this class, you'll develop greater strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm, and agility as you practice kicks, ducks, spins, and other basic Capoeira moves. Engage in sequences with a partner, and learn to play the flowing Capoeira game under the guidance of a professional. With an emphasis on the rhythm and culture of Capoeira, you'll partake in proven exercises to see what your body is truly capable of. Enjoy a unique combination of martial arts, dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music, all the while experiencing one of the most complete workouts and fitness programs you'll ever encounter!
    Capoeira Flow

    107 Suffolk St, New York

    • Explore the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira
    • Practice fundamental Capoeira movements such as kicks, blocks, turns, and ducks
    • Learn practical self-defense moves that combine aspects of acrobatics and dance
    • Enjoy playing the flowing Capoeira game
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    1 positive reviews

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