Ready to get schooled? New York City offers classes in every topic that you can think of—and a few you can't. Fitness fanatics can get their fix with our guide to fitness classes, while arty types can check out the best arts and crafts stores and learn how to create masterpieces. For the adventurous student (that's you!) we've uncovered the best out-of-the-box classes in NYC ranging from sexy and fun dance classes for adults to the seemingly unforgotten parkour trend. Whether you've always wanted to learn how to use a lightsaber or you're an aspiring reality-TV star, we have the course for you. Read on and discover a new hidden skill!
Best classes in NYC
Badass Bitches Tour of the Met
This 2-hour bad ass tour of the Met introduces some of the sickest ladies underrepresented by our nation’s museums. You’ll learn about woman in history who have shaped this world, but have never been put in the limelight.
One on One Makeup Lessons
Now that the Kim K. contour-nightmare is fading why not take a class to update your look and be comfortable with makeup application. This one on one session for all levels will go through the basics, but also advanced techniques. With over ten years as a professional makeup artist, Shara Strand is not only qualified, but passionate in teaching you beauty tricks as the main instructor for this course.
Glide through the air with the greatest of ease while saddled into an aerial trapeze. Hey, that rhymes! The instructors at Trapeze School New York (212-242-8769, newyork.trapezeschool.com; $50-70, depending on day of the week) will not only equip you with the skills to do death-defying stunts, but they’ll do it in novel outdoor locales like South Street Seaport and Pier 40 off the West Side Highway. Daily trapeze sessions are available for all four skill levels—but note that you must have taken three intro courses and been signed off by a teacher before moving on to a more advanced class where you can learn cool moves like how to flip mid-air.
Learn to run up a curved wall, leap off of diagonal blocks and even pull yourself up a vertical salmon ladder at this epic fantasy-fulfilling course that trains you for the TV show American Ninja Warrior. Look out for surprise appearances by ANW alumni at some classes.
If your last mixology class got you thinking about trying to go pro, Bartending 201: Techniques & Tips for the Creative Process at Astor Center (212-674-7501, astorcenternyc.com; $79) will bring you a step closer to Sasha Petraske–protégé material. Taught by mixology veteran April Wachtel, the lesson imparts techniques in speed, multitasking and service. Participants get behind a bar to practice making various drinks simultaneously, upping their efficiency while sipping some of the cocktails they’ve made.
Your aunt Ruth will throw out her cherished silver when she’s seen the copper, brass and silver masterpieces you created at this dining-ware workshop. By the time you’re through, you’ll know how to forge, form, sink and rivet metal to make perfect utensils. If eating ice cream with a handmade spoon isn’t fulfilling the Brooklyn dream, then what is?
The Brainery leads the field in eccentric but enticing classes. Choose from courses in Japanese kokedama (“make your own living moss balls”), demystifying Tex-Mex and an introduction to tapestry weaving. Or pick from more practical options, like working out your retirement plan (hey, it’s never too soon), identifying spring trees and learning to knit (specifically, a slouchy hat).
Bitters & Esters is not only a place where hops-heads can load up on malts, grains and equipment; it also doubles as a classroom, offering weekly instruction on DIY suds. Learn the basics of at-home brewing at one of three hands-on courses. The courses are taught in a concentrated two- to three-hour workshop format, categorized according to skill-level—"Introductory Classes," "Advanced Classes," and "Brew Like a Pro."
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Why not make this the year when you finally stick to your New Year’s resolutions? You just need a little help, like the expert advice and instruction you’ll receive in these NYC classes.