Join us in the heart of New York City, in an area known as the Flatiron District, named after one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city. Our area and neighboring NoMad are famous in Manhattan for cutting edge restaurants, bars and cafes. Eataly, the internationally renowned food emporium, is directly opposite. Eleven Madison Park, the top restaurant in the world, is next to Madison Square Park, a green oasis at the end of our block. Short walks away are SoHo, the West Village, Times Square, Chelsea, and Union Square.
Come inside. Our building dates back to the 1920s. Rumor has it the spaces were once photographers’ studios. They are remarkable for their high ceilings and light-filled, loft-like interiors. Expect the unexpected. Immediately, as you step off the elevator to your left, there is a quiet, contemplative space. Visitors are welcomed in the Zen garden, where a sense of calm, beauty and Zen-like discipline is established by Ran Hwang’s Zen intricate artworks. To the right, you may catch a flash of movement in our large auditorium space with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking West 23rd Street. Two dancers engaged in the intricate interplay of the Argentine Tango, the fluid energetics of Tai Chi, a full-scale conference or a music recital are common sights.
Every student has his or her own private learning space in which to study and relax. A walk along the corridor could offer a glimpse into a high level math tutorial, a writing class, someone sculpting a head in clay, a group philosophy podcast or a drawing class. At the very end of this corridor, the soundproof door is usually jumping. This is the Roll Over Beethoven Recording Studio, where Rick Reil teaches executive functions through drumming, and students can rock out and compose their own material.
At Peak Year, the experience is as eclectic as the teachers, who hail from all over the globe. Step in. Don’t just visit. Stay a while.