The scream of skidding tires and the screech of a horn precede the copper taste of adrenaline in your mouth as pigeons and sparrows lift from the sidewalks. Did the sound scare them, or the sight of an onrushing auto? Domenico Pinto doubtless pondered this same question when he established the Ferrari Driving School in 1968. Originally founded to help dyed-in-the-wool and immigrant New Yorkers drive more safely, the school has now expanded to usher more than 6,000 students a year through motorcycle-, truck-, and commercial-driving instruction. No matter the vehicle, Pinto and his family specialize in helping drivers obtain personal licenses and commercial certifications, and learn defensive techniques that help them avoid fender benders or accidentally starting a demolition derby.
The DMV-certified instructors at Learn-Rite Driving School inject their lessons with interactive curriculum for aspiring and seasoned drivers alike, allowing the former to sidestep driver’s ed. The teachers help students to refresh their understanding of the rules of the road, learn how to drive defensively, or ace upcoming driver's tests. At each instructor's disposal are vehicles with in-car video cameras that record lessons for students to study. Similarly, the classrooms boast modern educational amenities, including a driving-scenario mural, a 6-foot-wide smart board, and updated videos that spotlight the dangers of texting and napping on airbags.
Molly Blooms's friendly staff pours imported and craft beers and slings hearty pub fare amidst warmly glowing chandeliers and rustic wooden accents in the pub's Victorian Irish-themed interior. Diners can fill stomach vacancies with a half-pound sirloin or turkey burger clasped between a locally crafted brioche roll ($7) or fillets of battered cod accompanied by a sea-salted mound of hand-cut chips and peas served mushy after reminiscing over childhood photos ($12). An extensive beer menu boasts imported drafts, such as rich Guinness ($6), and craft pours, including aromatic Delirium Tremens ($8). Tickle parched taste buds with a tart bottle of Crispin hard apple cider, naturally sweetened with fresh, non-sentient apples.
Among the artistic beliefs held by Resobox founder Fumio Tashiro, not all Japanese art has to be made in Japan. As he has experienced it, Japanese art can be made by Japanese expats such as himself, foreigners inspired by Japanese culture, or students in Resobox’s classes, which teach Japanese arts such as ink painting and manga cartooning. Tashiro, a composer and stand-up bassist, encourages collaboration between artists in all these categories within his space, often becoming a breeding ground for art projects that start conversations on Japan or evoke its culture. Resobox also honors the country with classes in classical dances and iaido, the art of wielding a samurai sword correctly rather than just braiding it into your hair. The house café’s offerings also showcase Japanese cuisine, with bento boxes of broiled and salted yellowtail, stir-fried shrimp, inari sushi, and other delicacies, plus Japanese Nel Drip Coffee crafted with flannel filters.
Though the staff at Super Kickers focuses on teaching children the basics of soccer, their efforts don't end with sports instruction. In addition to leading youth in soccer-focused activities in the seasonal indoor and outdoor sessions of their youth soccer program, they also conduct an after-school club that merges physical activity with music and arts. And as an after-school program alternative, the staff also helms a series of Flex Pass programs spanning music, crafts, and fitness for stuffed animals. Children might make art using paints, marshmallows, and shaving cream, learn to sight-read and play the piano, join in yoga-centric imagination games, or practice keeping rhythm and melody with singing, tambourines, and egg shakers. Additionally, during summer and holiday camps, coaches and teachers lead children in indoor or outdoor soccer games, as well as other seasonal activities such as music and dance, yoga, crafts, martial arts, and bounce house time.
For the staff at Cathy's Dance Studio, dance instruction is about more than just perfecting a tap routine or executing a proper pas de chat. It's also about building character. Each session encourages young people to bond, gain confidence, and form enduring friendships in a noncompetitive environment. This has been a part of the school's mission ever since Miss Cathy Dooley founded it in 1956, with the aim of sharing the joy of dance with aspiring students throughout Queens. Under the direction of Miss Michelle–who studied under such legends as Gregory Hines and Brenda Bufalino–this tradition continues. For over 57 years, the studio's combination of quality instruction and friendly atmosphere has earned it accolades from sources from tap legend Charles "Honi" Coles to Mayor Bloomberg. Students commute from all five boroughs to attend its ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap classes and show off cutting-edge moves at an extravagant year-end gala performance.