From the passenger seats of two 2012 Toyota Corollas, Access2Drive Driving School's English- and Spanish-speaking instructors dispense valuable advice about every aspect of four-wheeled transportation. During hands-on lessons, students of all ages take the wheel to practice parallel parking and find a parking space that's not in the middle of a monster-truck arena. Students satisfy the state's pre-licensing mandate with five-hour courses that span topics such as driving within the transportation system and developing appropriate habits and skills. Those who enroll in the school's defensive-driving course get 10% off on any insurance purchased in New York for a period of three years.
Dangling chandeliers and icy-blue and bright-orange backlit sculptures illuminate the dark-brown tables and booth benches at Zen Fusion Cuisine, where the wait staff drops off plates that meld the flavors of Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese specialties. At the sushi bar, chefs prepare signature Zen rolls with spicy tuna, mango, and soft-shell crab and hand-wrap rolls in soy paper much like they wrap birthday presents for their cats. In the kitchen, cooks fry lightly battered whole sea bass and drizzle it with Vietnamese sweet-and-sour sauce and enhance stir-fried twin lobster tails with Thai flavors of ginger, basil, and scallion. Diners sit amid fan-speckled wallpaper and Japanese-style screens and sip housemade Thai iced tea or cocktails from the brightly lit bar.
Dr. Carlos Montenegro, director of New Image Lipo Laser & Medical Office, specializes in aesthetic medicine and laser beauty procedures. He and his team rejuvenate complexions with everything from traditional peels and microdermabrasion to fractional laser resurfacing. The office also helps sculpt patients' bodies with laser-guided liposuction and non-invasive lipo laser treatments, which target fat deposits with light energy without any incisions. Hormone therapies can be used to fight off symptoms of aging such as low energy levels, weight gain, and a sudden influx of ideas for Matlock spec scripts.
Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren may each own a lot of cars, but their fleets are nothing compared to the number of vehicles Impark Parking must protect in a single day. The company operates more than 2,000 parking facilities in 34 cities throughout North America, from Atlanta to Baltimore to Winnipeg. That accounts for nearly half a million parking spots in total, a far cry from the single lot that Impark—then known as Imperial Parking—started out with. Today, more than 50 years later, it operates as a fully integrated company with expertise in garage management, carbon neutral practices, and recycling.
Dynamic Dental isn't your father's dental practice. Drs. Ben Mokhtar and Morey Furman utilize advanced technology throughout their general and cosmetic procedures. For instance, laser dentistry removes decay with such precision that there's often no need for anesthetic. When they do need a drill, they reach for electric hand pieces, which are more powerful and exacting than their air-driven counterparts. The duo examines teeth and bones with digital x-rays and imaging, a process that's both faster and safer than traditional radiographs.
Chris Styles and Big Dan, the stylists behind House of Many Styles Barber Shop, specialize in both traditional and modern hairstyles. In a space decorated with blue walls and an old-fashioned barber pole, they buzz hair into fades and mohawks and perform close, skillful shaves with relaxing hot towels. Though the stylists focus on men's and children's haircuts, women can also stop by to have their eyebrows groomed into neat arches or their split ends snipped.