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Best of Westchester 2015 Fun & Leisure Editors’ Picks

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NoMa Social

1 Radisson Plz, New Rochelle 

(914) 576-4141; www.nomasocial.com

Just off the lobby, the bar at NoMa Social is waiting with swanky white banquettes, globe lighting, and live music on Thursday and Friday nights. Have fun picking plates from the Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu, and wash them down with the always-flowing Sangria.

Peekskill Coffee House

101 S Division St, Peekskill

​(914) 739-1287; www.peekskillcoffee.com

Where’s the county’s best trivia night? Not in a bar. At Peekskill Coffee House’s Monday night Two Plus One Trivia, you’ll find yourself trying to answer the quirky hosts’ (Chris Torres and Nick Davanzo) even quirkier questions (“What was the name of the duck in Howard the Duck?”). You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget you’re drinking a Macchiato instead of an IPA.

GEARS Full-Swing Club and Body-Tracking System
at CLAY Health Club + Spa

11 Riverdale Ave, Port Chester

(914) 937-5000; www.insideclay.com/portchester

The GEARS body-tracking system is the most advanced golf swing analysis technology anywhere in the county. Players wear a motion-capture suit while eight ultra-HD cameras capture more than 600 images per hit to measure every last nuance of the golf swing and club behavior down to hundredths of a degree.

The Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers

(914) 963-4550; www.hrm.org

Gone is the ancient, unreliable planetarium equipment, and in its place is the Hudson River Museum’s state-of-the-art Definiti 4K Hybrid System, which has a 3D database of the entire known universe and “the Megastar,” which can project 10 million stars. Neil deGrasse Tyson would approve.

Lincoln Depot Museum

10 S Water St, Peekskill

​(914) 402-4318; www.lincolndepotmuseum.org

This beautifully refurbished, 3,000-square-foot rail depot is home to a nifty collection of more than 100 artifacts from and about Abraham Lincoln (who stopped in Peekskill en route to his inauguration) and the Civil War era in New York. And it’s steps away from Peekskill Brewery, Homestyle Bakery (cannoli run!), and Riverfront Green Park.

Gallery at Lyndhurst

635 S Broadway, Tarrytown

(914) 631-4481; www.lyndhurst.org

Next time you visit Lyndhurst, climb to the third floor of the historic mansion to find an intimate gallery of priceless art (all part of the Jay Gould family collection), including paintings that have recently been unearthed from storage and others that are on exhibit for the first time ever

Hastings Flea

Hastings-on-Hudson

Zinsser MTA Commuter Lot

Southside Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

www.hastingsflea.com  

Every second Sunday from April through November, catch this lively, kid-friendly outdoor market on the Hudson. Shop vintage and new: Independent vendors peddle jewelry, home wares, crafts, furniture, and art. Plus, hear live musical acts, and try the local food-truck fare.

Rooftop Films at the Emelin Theatre

153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck

(914) 693-0098; www.emelin.org

Film expert Dan Nuxoll brought his famed Rooftop Film Series to Mamaroneck from the city—bringing along with him industry experts for Q&A’s and screenings of yet-to-be-released indie movies like Clouds of Sils Maria and 5 to 7. It’s a treat for cinephiles.

Curious-on-Hudson

145 Palisade St, Suite 412B, Dobbs Ferry

(914) 412-8393; www.curiousonhudson.com

Curious-on-Hudson offers classes for adults and kids about things you didn’t even know you wanted to learn: ukulele lessons, dance moves, woodworking, and robotics. Better yet, the classes are offered as individual sessions or series, so if you don’t have time to commit to a full semester, you can drop in on a single class.

Armonk Limousine

200 Business Park, Ste 108, Armonk

(914) 273-4466; www.armonklimo.com

When you’re renting a limousine for a special event, you want to make sure everything is perfect. With Armonk Limousine, you won’t have to worry about a thing: The 23-year-old family-operated business supplies pristine cars driven by prompt and polite drivers.

Spoken Interludes

Hastings-on-Hudson

www.spokeninterludes.com

Sure, dinner and a movie will suffice, but, if you want a date night with a little more substance, check out this literary salon at Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson to enjoy a meal and take in Hudson River views while best-selling authors read from their latest works.

John Farr & Friends of Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Rd, Bedford

www.friendsofbedfordplayhouse.org 

When film writer John Farr learned that Bedford’s downtown Bow Tie Cinema was shuttering, he assembled the Friends of the Bedford Playhouse to save the theater and build a new film center for cinephiles. The restoration is underway, and luminaries like A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor and actor Chevy Chase are on the advisory board. Keep an eye out for future film events.

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