You've seen Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon a dozen or more times, you've practiced the drunken man fighting style in the mirror after a night out, while the other kids were watching Speed Racer on Sunday mornings you were watching David Carradine in Kung Fu, you are ready, you were meant for this. The only thing to do now is find New York City's most bad ass martial arts center. Luckily we've do all the hard work for you, the only thing for you to do is shave your head, buy some loose fitting robes, fix some fences and put some wax on your car and take some wax off your car in preparation.
If you want serious edge of your seat, fear for your life, competive go karting NYC isn't the place to find it. The biggest track is at Coney Island, and while fun for the kids, it's not going to satisfy the serious competive urge. Fear not, Long Island and New Jersey have some fanstastic tracks. We're talking full suit, race helmet, laser timed, white knuckled racing. And you can be there in less than an hour.
You don't have to be a serious gambler to have fun at Belmont Park. If you've never been to a track before it can be a pretty amazing experience - the huge stadium, the thunder of the horses, the exhilaration of the photo finish. And the trip Belmont is a snap from New York City.
If you've never seen a boxing match you may be surprised to see how much you enjoy it. Make no mistake a ringside seat reveals boxing's unabashed brutality, but a great fight gives fans a closeup of human spirit and once you've had a taste of what that looks like, you'll want to see more.
Of all the myriad views of New York City that are to be had, none can beat the view out a helicopter window. It's not cheap. A 5 minute jot out to the Statue of Liberty will cost you $60, but the trip is so exhilarating you'll feel like it was a bargain by the time you touch down again.
Believe it or not there's some great fishing to be had around New York City. The Central Park resevoir, the 72nd St Boat Basin Lake, and all throughout Prospect Park are great places. You can also rent a small boat or hop on a charter and head out off Long Island. Best yet, if you're just trying it out, you can rent all the equipment you need.
New York City is always under constant change - neighborhoods are transformed, demographics change, buildings are torn down and rebuilt. But in Coney Island time moves like molasses. The things to do there now are the same as they were 30 years ago - carnival games, burlesque reviews, freak shows, amusement rides. As a result, a trip to Coney Island is almost like a trip back in time.
There's only one shooting range operating in New York City and business has never been better. Virtually anyone can walk in off the street no permit necessary and shoot a .22 caliber rifle at the West Side Pistol and Rifle Range. Sure, it'll cost you $50 dollars for 50 rounds and you'll first have to attend a safety course on the spot, but if you've never tried it before this can be one utterly surreal way to spend an afternoon in Chelsea.