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The 5 Best Things To Do In Midtown NYC - CourseHorse

By Rebekah Yahoves | Published 7/24/2012

It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Here are some sensational things to do in Midtown NYC.

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Unparalleled restaurants, arts, and culture are just a few of the reasons folks visit New York. Plays and musicals, ethnic neighborhoods, and world-class shopping attract visitors from around the world each day. We are drawn to the magic and sense of opportunity the city resounds with. Nothing says New York like Midtown NYC. Activities of every variety abound in the center of the Big Apple. Here are some unique ways to experience the electricity and lifestyle of New York City that you may not have thought of.


Art Under Glass DeCoupage

Art Under Glass
Murray Hill, Manhattan

Murray Hill is a popular neighborhood for young professionals. Its streets boast numerous apartment buildings and townhomes that are a hop, skip, and a jump away from Grand Central Station and established office buildings. Its tree-lined streets along the East River boast skyline views and unique down-to-earth culture.
The owner of Art Under Glass began her career as a successful fashion designer thirty years ago. She sold her business to study fine art at Cooper Union in New York City and studied decoupage seriously for ten years. Decoupage is the art of decorating an object with a combination of cutouts, special paint, and other decorative items.
The “Art Under Glass” course allows students to create aesthetic designs on glass using magazines, newspapers, postcards, and greeting cards. The gifts make gifts and collectibles such as jars, trays, and vases. It is a creative way for artists of every level to create stunning pieces that bring the spirit of New York back home.

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Colorful Silk

Photo Safari: Iconic NY (Part 1)

New York City Photo Safari
Midtown, Manhattan

A photo safari is the quintessential opportunity to combine your artistic development with New York City scenery. The Iconic New York Safari will give you a chance to work with lines and angles while photographing the New York City skyline. The price of $100 includes your subway fare as you travel to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Empire State Building, and Central Park.

Instructors at Photo Safari are enthusiastic and eager to answer students’ questions. They will take the time to learn about your skill level and interests before beginning the course. Your professional will show you how to set your camera based on the lighting during your class time. Even if you are an amateur, you will learn some things about manual vs. auto, lenses, and exposure. And you will go home with photographs more professional than you thought possible!

For tourists who are interested in what to do in midtown NYC, the Iconic New York City Photo Safari is one of the best ways to see the City’s most celebrated landmarks in a fast and unique way.

Midtown is not the only part of New York you can see by Photo Safari. You can also view Central Park, NYC After Dark, and The Brooklyn Bridge through the lens of a camera. If you want to dig deeper into the depth of your photo knowledge, a Manhattan Photo Safari Boot Camp will teach you about camera settings, composition skills, and digital photography.

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Learn to Juggle (or Get Better)

Midtown, Manhattan

JuggleFit founder Heather Wolf, a UCLA grad, was a bass player for the circus when she discovered juggling in her teeny room on a train. She realized she was good at it, and it was great exercise! When Heather was home, she taught her friends and family how to juggle. She found it to be a great social activity as well. Everyone was laughing, and they didn’t want the lesson to end!

Heather teaches juggling in a simple way that jugglers of all levels can learn from. She has appeared on Fox and Friends and CBS The Couch and in magazines such as the New York Times, Time Out New York, and Woman’s Day.

If you are a beginner, Learn to Juggle (or Get Better) is the class for you. Learn progressively from scarves to beanbags to balls. Courses like Jugglefit Boot Camp can also give you a full body workout at any level. In the warmer months, a Summer Sparks: Juggling Class provides sparkling views of the Hudson River while your brain and body get a workout. Many aerobic juggling classes at Jugglefit welcome beginners.

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Stained Glass

Candlemaking with Essential Oils

The New York Botanical Garden
Midtown, Manhattan

The New York Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States. It is known for its beautiful landscapes and impressive collections. At “Candlemaking With Essential Oils,” you will learn to make scented aromatherapy candles with soy ingredients.

Your candle will fill your home with a delightful aroma. Essential oils can also boost energy, help with digestion, and improve your focus. It is a great way to improve your mental and physical health while you take in one of the most enchanting retreats in the City.

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Stained Glass

Paint and Sip Workshop: Midtown (BYOB)

Painting Lounge
Midtown, Manhattan

Painting Lounge’s venues in Midtown, Chelsea, Harlem, and Williamsburg are spacious and clean. There is a fridge, bottle-opener, corkscrew, and cups for BYOB. The school has an inviting, non-judgemental atmosphere that attracts like-minded folks. Instructors are kind, funny, and patient.

The Paint and Sip Workshop allows you to replicate a painting with a stress-free, step-by-step approach. You will trace your image through a stencil and then add chromatics. The class is designed for beginners, but artists of all levels are encouraged to attend.

The Painting Lounge hosts private events including Bachelorette Parties, Bridal Showers, and Team Building Workshops. Additional studio time can be added on for eating, drinking, and mingling. Fundraiser events are also held every night of the week for your favorite charity. From Monday through Wednesday, the school will take $25 per person, and the rest goes to a charitable organization of your choice. From Thursday through Sunday, they will take $35 and donate the rest. You get to choose the price per person.

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