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Live It! New York City Activities

Culinary Arts, Photography and More

Live your dream. Have you longed to expertly pair wines with each course at dinner? Would you like to prepare a chocolate soufflé to rival those of top pastry chefs? Do you want to photograph street scenes worthy of being hung in your home? Have you dreamed of learning to dance the tango? Do you want to train to complete a triathlon? 

AKA residents often stay for two weeks to three months, allowing them time to feel part of the city in which they are living, to explore all that that particular city has to offer. With hand-selected classes and courses by AKA's DreamMaker, this is a unique opportunity to learn new skills and develop new talents away from the distraction of home in cities ripe with exciting opportunities. The brain child of AKA president, Larry Korman, LIVE IT! was designed to encourage people who thirst for new experiences to pursue their ambitions and dreams.

Imagine the surprise and delight upon returning home when you can flaunt your newfound talent to friends and family! We have partnered with world-class educators so that you can take full advantage of the time spent at any of our locations.

For more information, contact liveit@stayaka.com

MNDFL Meditation Experience
Tranquility, achieved. Let AKA and M N D F L lead you on a journey of calm and tranquility in your daily life, with a dedicated mediation program to help rest and relax, including VIP access to classes at MNDFL studios, private in-suite sessions at any of our AKA NYC locations.
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Bedford Post Inn
AKA has partnered with frequent guest Richard Gere to offer residents an unforgettable two-night stay at his legendary Bedford Post Inn. As an AKA resident, Mr. Gere values the privacy and attentiveness of the AKA Team — qualities also central to the Bedford Post ethos.
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Culinary Arts/Wine
In just 15 years, Chelsea Market has become one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than 35 vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. A unique NYC dining venue and iconic New York attraction in its own right, Chelsea Market is a neighborhood market with a global perspective. As a preferred partner of AKA, residents are invited to discover the intricacies of pairing wine with top cut charcuterie and cheese with connoisseurs from Corkbuzz Wine Studio, learn the steps of seasoning and curing pates and terrines from Dickson’s Farmstand, or obtain firsthand knowledge of Italian culture and food with a private chef experience from the experts at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina. Each class will aim to broaden culinary horizons by offering unforgettable interactive experiences at an iconic location.

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Art Classes with Art Studio NY
Rated the number 1 art class studio in NYC, Art Studio NY offers one-of-a-kind art classes to help our residents explore authentic self-expression, creativity, and artistic technique. Specializing in classes for all levels, our residents can feel inspired and express themselves through adult or private sessions, like watercolor painting in central park, or a drawing 101 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Photography with Photo Uno Photography School 

Residents interested in learning the basic skills needed to master photography are invited to better understand their cameras and their photographic eye with classes provided by Photo Uno. Offering six-week courses as well as private photography classes in New York, Photo Uno designs each class to specifically fit your needs. With in-studio and on-location photography classes, you can learn the basics of how your camera works to the proper way photograph a landscape, still person, or action shot.

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Executive Portraits with Jill Lotenberg Photography 
Boost your business profile and spend a session with award-winning and nationally published photographer, Jill Lotenberg. Residents of AKA can choose from a variety of photography experiences ranging from executive profiles in our conference rooms and suites to a full day of curated images shot at NYC’s most famous landmarks and attractions.

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Physique 57 Fitness

Physique 57 offers a unique and innovative workout program designed to systematically sculpt and lengthen muscles to create a beautiful, lean body. Praised by press and regulars alike for its rapid results, the signature full body barre-based workout blends intervals of cardio, strength training, and stretching to sculpt your arms, thighs, seat and abs and build gorgeous, long lean muscle. AKA residents enjoy a special gift from Physique 57 with the purchase of 3 classes or more.

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Dance with Alvin Ailey School
AKA residents are invited to learn all aspects from dance from the highest caliber of performers. The Ailey Extension embodies Mr. Ailey's legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people. Whether you haven't taken a dance class in 20 years, take class regularly, or have never even danced a step, the Ailey Extension has NYC dance classes and fitness classes designed especially for you.

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Sailing with Manhattan By Sail

See the sights of NYC with a breathtaking twist. Experience a classic NYC brunch, including a plentiful selection of brunch favorites and enjoy tea and coffee service as well as an open Prosecco bar, whilst sailing around Manhattan and enjoying the incredible skyline views. 

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Learn Comedy with Magnet Theater
Ever dream of being a stand-up comedian? Simply want to gain confidence to make others laugh or hold a captive audience during meetings? Through our partnership with Magnet Theater, AKA now gives its residents the opportunity to take improvisation classes in New York City while staying at AKA. Through the art of improvisation, travelers will enjoy the benefits of laughter through stress relief, immune system boosting and strengthened relationships. Magnet Theater provides customized personal workshops or eight-week classes to learn everything from the principles of performing to improve and character building.

Aerial Arts at the Trapeze School of New York

TSNY is dedicated to creating a safe, fun challenging environment in which students strive to surpass limitations, fulfill their dreams and more richly enjoy their lives.

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Private Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Enjoy a curated tasting experience with local chocolatier Milene Jardin as she introduces you to her collection of artisanal chocolates. Learn how to properly pair chocolate with world-renowned wines and exquisite cheeses, as you embark on a tasteful journey that is truly memorable. Tastings can be customized based on seasonality and can be held in your suite or private space during your stay.

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For more information, contact liveit@stayaka.com