The certified technicians at Bay Street Auto Center's five locations keep cars road ready and street legal with New York state inspections and oil changes. Techs begin inspections by examining the battery and starting charging system, taking pains to confirm that the battery has an active charge and hasn't been using all its energy taunting solar panels. Techs then aim their expertise at tires, scrutinize the brakes to confirm safe stopping, check the suspension, and conclude the examination by casting trained eyes and hands at belts and hoses. Oil changes drain dirty and damaged oils before replacing them with up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil (synthetic available for an additional charge) and a new filter to guard the engine from contaminants and invitations to the transmission’s next fondue night.
With more than 20 years of experience, Proline Car Stereo's team of technicians outfit vehicles with a wide range of high-tech upgrades, from immersive sound systems to security packages. Their shop also stocks a range of user-installable modifications, allowing shoppers to customize their rides with GPS units, powerful subwoofers, woodgrain dashboard kits, and floor mats.
"My car has never needed any professional help to keep it in tip-top shape," proudly proclaims no car owner ever. In reality, automobiles require regular maintenance and people with know-how to keep it in drivable condition. Fortunately, Aamco Transmissions is well supplied with such people. An official inspection center for New York State, Aamco Transmissions' expert technicians make sure cars are road-ready with computer diagnostics, multi-point inspections, repairs, and maintenance services.
As the name would indicate, transmissions are something of a speciality here. In fact, the company is considered the world's largest transmission specialist—with more than 850 centers across the country, Aamco Transmissions has worked on 20 million transmissions since opening their first location nearly 50 years ago. After sending out complimentary tow trucks to haul away cars in need of servicing, they get to work rebuilding and repairing transmissions on every make and model.
Staten Island Fitness Boot Camp shifts idling body engines into energy-boosting gear with 50-minute motivational workouts three days a week. Designed to push exercisers further than they would normally push themselves, the calorie-burning conferences blend strength, cardio, and agility exercises with plenty of social support from the group and encouraging cheers from overhead seagulls. Anatomies engage in a mix of rope jumping, running, and medicine-ball work to incinerate fat, bolster metabolism, and build physical and mental strength. Groupon holders can choose 10 classes from any of the schedule's morning and evening slots, fitting neatly into the spaces between recurring dreams about playing jai alai with U2.
A native of Park Slope, Parkside Auto Care owner Charlie has spent four decades indulging his mechanical curiosity in the automotive industry. It all began with a simple thirst for the knowledge of how things work—as a child, Charlie's toys were his father's tools, and his hobby was to dismantle and reassemble anything he could find, including his father's transistor radio. Today, Charlie and his 20-year collaborator, Darwin, specialize in exotic and European cars, their minds encyclopedias of automotive knowledge that guide them through such tasks as repairing engines, servicing transmissions, and breaking in wild Lamborghinis.