A city's identity encompasses many elements, from its history and architecture to its art and culture. With Graff Tours, groups peek into each of those realms through a single lens: graffiti. During tours, guides and graffiti experts lead groups through the streets of major cities, including the birthplace of graffiti, Philadelphia. They showcase various types of art along the way?classic graffiti, wheat paste, stencil art, yarn bombing, and more?while explaining the content and importance of each piece. Much like blaring an Alexander the Great speech on your car speakers, tours are a mix of old and new, simultaneously highlighting the history of graffiti and demonstrating where the art is headed today. In addition to its group treks, Graff Tours also offers self-guided maps designed for specific neighborhoods for DIY excursions.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
The recipe for a successful cooking class requires the right mix of teacher, chef, and nutritionist—a balance that each instructor strikes at Young Chef Academy. They host students aged 4–18 in weekly cooking classes which regularly change recipes while sticking to the monthly theme. They cater to individual children, school field trips, and even scout troops. They even teach kids how to make their own treats during birthday parties, such as birthday cakes that come out of the oven already on fire and ready to be blown out.
With multiple flat-screens playing important games and a location well within walking distance of the beach, The Irish Circle stands ready to entice famished taste buds with a lunch and dinner menu stocked with savory sandwiches and entrees, a sweet Sunday brunch menu, and an all-week-long array of alcohol-infused drink options. Mitigate monstrous meal hankerings with mild, medium, or hot buffalo wings ($8.95 for 10), or a plate of nacho supreme ($11.95). Instead of spending another meal re-reading the instructional booklets that come with electronics, diners can leaf through a Belmont steak salad to watch mixed greens flirt with bleu cheese vinaigrette, sliced steak, and portobello mushrooms, which appear adjacent a triple-scoop of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole ($16.95 brunch, $14.95 lunch or dinner). The Irish Circle's kitchen staff stuffs open mouths with the hot open turkey sandwich, made with pan-roasted turkey served over toast and muffled with gravy and garlic mashed potatoes ($14.95). Stomachs served shepherd's pie—a mixture of Black-Angus ground beef and veggies cavorting under a golden-brown potato crust ($12.95)—can flock toward dinnertime draughts including the usual domestic suspects ($4/pint), or worldly waxing Smithwick's, Bass, or Magner's Cider ($5/pint). Treat beach-volleyball partners or sentient beach volleyballs to the prix-fixe menu, which offers a selected entree, two sides and an ice-cream-cake roll for each eater ($18.95 for two).