For more than 20 years, the captains at Vista Yacht Cruises Inc have commanded a fleet of magnificent ships that safely shuttle passengers through pristine waters for special occasions. The Majestic Princess, the company's flagship vessel, glides her way toward New York City’s iconic cityscape, passing such famed landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. Up to 300 passengers can take in the skyline-filled views from her multiple decks and panoramic windows. An onboard banquet crew can prepare hearty menus for any occasions, with special arrangements such as flowers and decorations that can make any wedding reception, birthday, bar mitzvah, or memory-wiping session a happening to remember.
New Jersey's municipal police officers, county corrections officers, state rangers, and other law enforcement members all start their careers in the same place: the entry-level exam. A single answer on this test could mean the difference between two candidates for the same position. It's a written obstacle course, with 10 sections that cover everything from deductive reasoning to personality traits. Luckily, it's a challenge that Top Brass Learning Centers' instructors have all met first hand. In fact, the faculty consists of police supervisors that have all scored high on their own exams. During classroom sessions, these experts cover all aspects of the written test, incorporating practice exams and training materials. They spend hours working with future officers until they can leave confident and ready to begin a life of civic service.
The instructors also help current officers advance their careers. Promotional level classes prep these continuing students for the oral, written, and telepathic portions of lieutenant and captain exams. The classes are designed for working police men and women, and instructors post online versions of each lesson to accommodate students who cannot attend in-person.
The educators at Hudson Learning Center know that all students have their own strengths and weaknesses. That's why the center's tutoring process begins with an assessment, during which the center's tutors identify specific areas for improvement and create challenging yet obtainable goals. Then?during either private or group sessions?they work with pupils to improve skills in math, reading, history, or pretty much any other subject. They can also help older students prepare for important tests, like the SAT and ACT.
In addition to their structured tutoring, Hudson Learning Center's staff hosts an after-school homework help program. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., tutors stand ready to help students complete assignments, study for exams, or wait out the necessary quarantine periods after cooties outbreaks.
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.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25?50
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Weekly Cinema Screenings
Pro Tip: FIAF is the premiere destination for French cultures: film, culture, wine, language learning and more!
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Both a language school and a thriving French cultural center, FIAF is the premiere destination for all things French in New York. Members enjoy free weekly cinema screenings, fun wine receptions, digitally downloads of top French mags like French Elle or great TV shows, amazing discounts around town, and so much more. Great yearly festivals like Crossing the Line, our fall trans-disciplinary contemporary arts festival or the biennial spring World Nomads festival celebrating francophone cultures bring top talent to FIAF for amazing cultural experiences. Our Art de Vivre series, including the March festival Fashion at FIAF draws top talent and leading cultural luminaries in the field of Fashion, Gastronomy, Beauty, and Design.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
FIAF?s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French Cultures.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This winter, FIAF is pleased to announce an exciting new film program, Cin?Salon. In the spirit of the French cin?-clubs and literary salons, Cin?Salon pairs an engaging film with a social post-screening wine reception. For the inaugural season of Cin?Salon, our focus turns to new prints and digital restorations. The series pays tribute to the work of archivists and independent distributors who are dedicated to preserving great French films and ensuring that these films are available for generations to see. From Max Oph?ls to Jacques Demy, don?t miss this array of classics, as well as some rarely shown gems. Films will be shown every Tuesday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., each followed by a get-together with a glass of wine. Every 7:30 p.m. screening will also be thoughtfully introduced by a highprofile personality in the arts.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
More than just a cultural or education center, FIAF is a place for cross cultural communication and connection. Our members love French and French culture, and cherish the opportunities given by our programs and social receptions to meet and network with other like-minded individuals passionate about France. People love to keep up their language skills and explore culture with a fun, social-minded focus.