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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? How about getting a sound, undisturbed eight hours of sleep?

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. 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 such as The Museum of Modern Art, Acker Merrall Condit, the world's oldest and finest wine store, and Amie Hoff of Hoff Fitness, among others so that you can take full advantage of the time spent at any of our locations.

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.

Wine
Acker Merrall Condit
Founded in 1820, Acker Merrall Condit is the oldest and finest wine shop in the country and is located on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Their selection of wines at this Upper West Side wine store ranges from some of the best wines under $20 to their fine and rare wines that sell for thousands of dollars a bottle at auction. Acker Merrall is more than just a wine store. They are committed to education, tastings, auctions and have created wine clubs for their legions of loyal customers. As a special introduction to AKA residents, AMC is offering an additional 10% savings on the first case of wine delivered to your AKA apartment. Delivery, as always, is complimentary in Manhattan. AKA residents can also customize a wine evening to their tastes. Invite a few friends over to your apartment and let Acker Merrall set up a wine tasting with some of your favorite summer roses, or big Bordeaux.

Art
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

Photography
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.

Executive Portraits
Jill Lotenberg Photography (AKA NYC)
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.

Fitness
Amie Hoff Fitness
AKA is proud to partner with Amie Hoff, an in-demand New York City-based fitness professional dedicated to bettering the lives of people around the world. Amie has appeared in numerous magazines and TV shows, and is known internationally as a fitness and wellness expert. AKA guest service associates would be delighted to schedule a personal consultation with Amie, and get you on your way to achieving your wellness goals.

AKA Run + Yoga

AKA is delighted to introduce AKA Run + Yoga in New York City, a new collaboration with premier New York City fitness coaching team, FitnessRuns. Created by health conscious New Yorkers for those with a busy schedule, Fitness Runs is dedicated to bettering each client’s lifestyle through immersive cardio programs, muscle strengthening exercises, and healthy nutritional advice. Residents will work with an expert coach to combine High Intensity Training (HIIT) to achieve maximum calorie burn, followed by a calming NYC yoga routine set to a scenic background in iconic Central Park. 

Physique 57

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.

Gymnastique

Whether our Residents aspire to be an elite athlete or are looking to improve their level of fitness and wellness, Gymnastique’s highly trained staff will help them achieve personal goals. Pete understands the minds of highly focused and goal oriented individuals.  For many years, top hedge fund, money managers and financial services executives have relied on Pete to help them achieve maximum results in the minimum amount of time. Pete and his hand selected fitness consultants are willing to come to AKA, or train residents in his private studio with state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and a Pilates/yoga studio.

Dance
Alvin Ailey
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.

Sailing
Manhattan By Sail
CHAMPAGNE SAIL aboard Shearwater

Join us for a classic New York brunch with a twist. Nosh on a plentiful selection of brunch favorites and enjoy tea and coffee service as well as an open Prosecco bar. Brunch is buffet-style and includes a delicious spread of assorted muffins, homemade breads and pastries, quiche, smoked turkey with bacon & cheddar wrap, yogurt parfaits bagels, salmon and assorted meats and cheeses. Coffee, tea, Prosecco and soft drinks are included but beer, wine and other cocktails are an additional charge.

JAZZ SAIL aboard Clipper City

Bring out the romance and step aboard the Clipper City for a jazz concert cruise around NYC. The hustle, bustle and noise of the city turns to the sweet, cool rhythms of bebop, smoky blues, ballads and other jazz standards as you sail smoothly out into the summer night all lit up with the backdrop of NYC skyline. Acclaimed jazz guitarist Joe Cohn, and saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, lead this swinging quintet; Joe will be joined by a variety of other well-known guest musicians booked by Jazz Standard founder, James Polsky. As with all Clipper City Sails, a full bar is available for wine, beer and cocktail purchase during the cruise.

Comedy

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.

For those just interested in watching and laughing, 8-week passes to Magnet Theater’s mainstage are available at a special rate for AKA residents.

Aerial Arts

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.

For more information, contact liveit@stayaka.com

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AKA Central Park

AKA Central Park residences are close to the iconic 5th avenue flagship stores – Apple, Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Tiffany and Co, and across the street from the famed Plaza Hotel. The 17-story high-rise offers 134 gorgeously designed, spacious studios, one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments in Manhattan with full kitchens – ideal for residents staying a week or longer.

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AKA Times Square

AKA Times Square encompasses a collection of 111 contemporary Manhattan hotel residences with sophisticated amenities. The property includes a stunning bi-level penthouse lounge, envisioned by internationally acclaimed Italian architect and designer, Piero Lissoni, a high tech Technogym fitness center and media nook with laptop and printer. Stay mere steps from iconic attractions such as the Theatre District’s many world-class Broadway shows, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center in a surprisingly quiet and serene locale.

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AKA Sutton Place

Formerly the Sutton Hotel, this stunning pre-war building and its 76 furnished apartments in Midtown have been fully restored with a gracious ambiance that is impressive, yet intimate. The Sutton Place neighborhood, bordered by the East River, East 53rd and East 59th Streets, serves as the gateway to Manhattan's Upper East Side and is teeming with unrivaled shopping and fine dining along Madison and Fifth Avenues and architectural landmarks such as Lever House, The Lipstick Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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AKA United Nations

AKA United Nations contains a collection of luxury serviced residences superbly situated on East 46th Street, in Manhattan’s historic and residential Midtown East neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to the United Nations headquarters complex to the east and the vibrant midtown East business district surrounding Grand Central Terminal to the west. In addition to the various restaurants and the Grand Central Market, the area is also not far from Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Chrysler Building and legendary shopping along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.

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AKA Wall Street

Specializing in weekly and monthly stays, AKA Wall Street boasts 132 spacious, sleek NYC suites and outstanding residential amenities designed around the needs of the longer stay traveler. Amenities include a Technogym Fitness Center, rooftop lounge and private cinema and a business and conference center. Surrounding AKA Wall Street are more than 600 technology firms and prestigious media and finance companies including Condé Nast, Nielsen Media Research, HarperCollins Publishers, American Express, and Goldman Sachs.

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