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.
At Esquire Lounge, sleek, ultramodern decor sets a sophisticated cocktail lounge atmosphere in the heart of Sheepshead Bay. Track lighting twists above an illuminated bar resembling a slab of ice, reds and blues shine from behind flat-screen televisions, and ceiling fixtures made of concentric rings add purples to the palette. Couples and groups going out after work sip cocktails as a resident DJ spins house music. A menu of innovative American cuisine includes selections such as fettuccine alfredo with truffle butter, seared scallops, and filet mignon with wasabi mashed potatoes.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
Auto Finishers Supply Co. owner Richard Trovato deals in more than just auto parts and accessories. He's also dedicated to customer service. Richard began working at the shop as an entry-level employee in 1969, then worked his way up to store manager in 1972. By 1986, he was the storeowner. Since he took the reins, Richard has instilled dedication to customers into every aspect of the business, from stocking quality car accessories, such as DuPont paints and Avital car systems, to employing ASE-certified technicians. Today, Richard and his children still run the shops' day-to-day operations, helping customers find car accessories from crystal clear stereos that house video screens to remote car starters that negate the need for car owners to politely ask it to start.
Signature service: Window tinting
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Spectrum Solar Control Film
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What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Window tinting. We custom hand-cut all our film better than a computer cut, keeping the film's edges right at the top edge of the glass.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people, which is why we have a casual environment. We also enjoy making cars look great and giving customers what they want. Overall, our work is really fun.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We're fast, we do great work. We're also flexible, easily accessible, and offer same-day service.
Carrying a cavalcade of new and used vehicles, CNY Auto and Alan Byer Foreign Auto share their specialized knowledge and skills with inquiring or existing car owners. Led by John Mupagano, the shop's team of talented technicians specialize in all things Volvo, peering into the combustion-caked souls of vehicles with modern diagnostics equipment. The techs keep cars running with a host of preventative care, such as NYS inspections and repairs to transmission, cooling system, and air-conditioning systems. The shop also partners with Alan Beyers collision center to help straighten structural damage from your latest run-in with an overly affectionate fire hydrant.