Sunlight bounces off the windows of the towering Empire State building, shooting its reflective rays into YAFiX's 5th Avenue location. As thousands of cell phone- and computer-toting New Yorkers pass to and fro on the bustling street outside, YAFiX's team of professional technicians diligently works to keep abreast of the newest advancements in electronics repair and customization services. They specialize in Apple repairs, securing their licensed and insured work with a 100% guarantee. In addition, the fast-working team can also customize iPhones and iPads with color-swapping services, which change out the trademark white or black shells with more vibrant hues to showcase individuality or with invisibility cases to hide phones from home-obsessed extraterrestrial visitors.
Before earning a set of scrubs and the title of Doctor of iDevice, each employee at iHospital—featured in the The Wall Street Journal—must first pass a series of technical certifications. Just as real doctors specialize in either plaster or papier-mâché leg casts, the technicians focus their abilities specifically on Apple devices, including iPhones and iPods, performing many repairs in minutes. The store also carries a range of accessories from brands such as LifeProof, OtterBox, and Speck.
Smooth Street's instructors are all professional dancers, including Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, and guest instructors Heidi Groskreutz and Kevin Clifton. Personal lessons are available in Latin and ballroom dance in 18 styles—foxtrot, waltz, tango, quick step, Viennese waltz, Argentine tango, rumba, cha-cha, salsa, mambo, samba, merengue, bachata, hustle/disco, paso doble, cumbia, and swing (East Coast, West Coast, lindy, triple step, and single step). No matter which style you choose, the personal attention you'll receive guarantees you'll master sultry steps and move to the beat without wasting time wondering where your toes should go, if your posture is imperfect, or why it's hard to say the alphabet backward. All levels of dancethusiasts are welcome at Smooth Street.
Dr. Brendan Mac Repair revives wounded Apple products with deft repairs, upgrades, and complete overhauls that earned the attention of CNN and the New York Times. Brendan McElroy—the company’s eponymous owner, iGuru, and suspected cyborg—leads a tech-savvy team as they replace screens for the iPhone 3G ($60), iPod Touch, and iPad ($160). Battery replacement outfits iPhones with a fresh pack of go-juice ($50 for iPhone3G, $60 for iPhone 4), and an eight-gigabyte memory install ($125) nets second-generation MacMinis and MacBooks enough storage space to stockpile more cat pictures than Heathcliff’s family album.
The technicians at CellSmartRepairs specialize in first aid for iPhones, Androids, and Blackberry phones with services such as replacing charging ports, fixing faulty buttons, and using original parts to mend broken screens. The tech wizzes can also replace faulty batteries, fix touchscreens, and unlock iPhones accidentally handcuffed to your wrist. They also offer decorative color conversions, during which they switch out the black casing of phones with backs and sides in eye-catching colors such as pink, baby blue, and clear.