The diverse team of instructors at Key Element Learning are serious about catering to each of their students' unique interests, strengths, and needs, whether they're still in diapers or entering middle school. That's why their educational programs are so eclectic?the classes range from academic subjects such as reading and science to the more creative topics of art and cooking to ensure kids will find a class to spark their curiosity. In order to give students the best lessons possible, they also pull from popular, time-honored educational franchises such as The Language Workshop for Children, where native speakers immerse children in foreign languages through games, songs, and colorful visual aids.
Avi Shaer, president of Alpha Moving & Storage, knows that relocating is a hassle but wants to make the process as painless as possible by dispatching strong, agile professionals to every job. These experienced, licensed, and insured movers have been trained in how to pack and move everything from a grand piano to fine china to a piano made of china. Homeless boxes and items find refuge in Alpha's secure storage facilities, where 24-hour surveillance protects possessions from theft and a top-notch sprinkler system puts out blazes and waters cherished chia pets.
The friendly staff of AAA Organic Dry Cleaners whisks bags of dirty duds away for quick cleaning before returning them to their rightful owners. Revivify two-piece suits for both ladies and gents ($10) or prepare for a pantless affair by cleaning a suit jacket or blazer alone ($6.50). Just-unpacked winter-wear benefits from a thorough sweater cleaning ($4.95+), readying them to be worn atop freshly finessed ladies' blouses ($4.95+). Dresses sing a twirly tune after stain-busting ($10), allowing the wearer to display stems in style. Dress shirts can be laundered and pressed ($1.75) or dry-cleaned ($4.50), creating office wear as crisp as a Granny Smith apple costume. Customers can also hem errant edges ($12+) to further upgrade ensembles and allow the captains of clean to scale laundry mountains with wash-and-fold services ($1/lb.; 10-lb. minimum).
Babies are grownups in training, meaning they need help eating without slobbering, speaking without babbling, and moving around without getting hurt. Romparoo helps out with the latter, with an indoor play space for kids aged 6 months to 3 years. The entire room, from floor to about child height, is padded, so kids can practice crawling, creeping, and toddling without bruising themselves or getting a ticket for jaywalking. Mommy-and-Me classes use music to transition between activities that help develop motor skills as well as socialization, and parents of toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years drop their brood off for two-hour classes that give them the independence to transition to preschool.
As part of Housing Works’ larger mission to provide advocacy and services for the HIV/AIDS-afflicted and homeless populations of New York, the Bookstore Cafe contributes 100% of their revenue toward the non-profit’s annual operating budget. A staff comprised almost entirely of volunteers serves Intelligentsia coffee, gourmet libations, and light meals amid the SoHo shop’s seemingly endless racks of books. The menu includes soups from Hale & Hearty, baked goods from Balthazar, and sandwiches made fresh to order.
Despite the shop’s humble intentions, their historic premises are grand: spiral staircases and mahogany bookshelves filled with donated books, music, and movies stretch toward 20-foot ceilings. The dramatic space easily lends itself to weddings and private parties, as well as Housing Works’ own calendar of book-release parties, writers’ workshops, and music performances. When customers run out of fuel for their book-powered cars, the Bookstore Cafe’s collection of 30,000 titles can also be purchased online.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.