When I had to move from my apartment and wanted something local, I went to Crifasi. They know the areas, what I was looking for, and they know the schools, shopping, transportation,etc. It helps when you don't have to explain that you want to be near walking distance to transportationt to get to the city. They didn't waste my time showing me places out of my price range or in buildings larger than I wanted or in areas I said I didn't want like other realtors often do. They set up a date and showed me several places all of which were in the specs I told them. I did find a really nice location and was happy with them in every way.
PROS: Finds you what you want.
For someone who likes bookstores this one is a little different. Its main focus is on travel and you can find every kind of travel and guide book here. They have all Rand McNally maps and books too. Anything related to travel you need you will find. Great to browse. Great for gifts. Great if you're planning a trip anywhere. I found even some wonderful globes here.
PROS: Everything for the Traveller -- Books, Guides, and Maps
I love this store. I first came just for exercise tights and outfits and wanted something similar to what dances wore. I loved it from the first item I purchases. Everything fits great and wears well. It actualls lasts so much more than your typical store workout wear. I loved this little shop and always find something great to buy -- even items that I can wear around. They all fit great and the quality of the items is much better than anything else you'll find. I found the prices very reasonable too. For someone who isn't a dancer, this shop is great. I'm sure dancers love it too.
PROS: Great quality clothes
I came here when I was going to purchase a new bicycle got riding mainly at the park on roads and wasn't sure what to get. This store gives personal attention to you and the staff offers very expert advice. It was a bit pricey but from what I saw the quality of their goods is very good. I was a bit overwhelmed but I did by a bike along with some bike clothes they had. I think the clothes could be found cheaper at other sports or department stores but this store seems to have expert advice on bikes and riding and I trust them to help me purchase the right item.
PROS: Experts on bicycles
CONS: A little expensive
When my son first became interested in learning the guitar I wanted to get him a good quality guitar but not that expensive. I looked at the large "music chains" but they were either poor quality or too expensive for the quality items. Someone recommended Rivington and I was very happy with their selection. People sell them their good quality used guitars and I found a great Schecter guitar that was used but still good quality. I even got a good price on a used amp. My son since has bought another guitar from here and I'm also thinking of getting a good keyboard for them. They also specialize in vintage guitars and I'm sure that anyone wanting a great guitar will find it here. Very friendly staff..helped me who doesn't know much about musical instruments. A great little store with knowledeable musicians.
PROS: Professionals in music!
This bank has been around forever, it seems. They are like a landmark in Queens, NY. I opened my first saving account here and have had quite a few friends who worked there. The building is large and a reald old fashioned bank look to it. The people who work there are all friendly; although I know many of them. They are helpful and knowledgeable. They have competitive services and rates to most of the national branches. Savins, checking accounts, mortgages, vacation clubs, you name it. And they will get to know you which is really nice.
PROS: Friendly Financial Services
I'm not a wine expert but often purchase a bottle or two for a party or gift or occasion. I came here and now it is a regular stop. They salesperson was very helpful. Asked me what I liked and descibed the wines and differences between them. Now, there are several wines I've gotten to know and enjoy and purchase them here. A clean, attractive store with very helpful staff and a great selection--and knowledgeable about wines and liquors
PROS: staff and selection
I've gone here for several years to have my taxes done and have always received very timely and accurate service. They are very accommodating and make my appointments later in the day, and they always do my taxes quick. I tend to wait to last minute but have no problem making an appointment and getting the taxes complete within a few days. Very happpy with them. I know they do financial planning too but I haven't had the opportunity to work with them--although they would be my first choice when the need arises.
PROS: Accurate and Quick
This is a fun place for kids and families to spend an afternoon. Kids get to choose a ceramic to paint (adults too) and have a great time paiting it. You leave it and then pick it up a few days later. You can join the club and come often at a lower cost if you think your kids will really love it. They also give kids birthday parties which I'm sure would be a lot of fun. I like it on rainy or winter days. Kids to something creative and fun.
PROS: Creative fun for kids and adults
Kids love this place. My son went to a birthday party where the kids all skated to music, played arcades, and had a great time. The rink is well kept. The kids can rent skates or bring their own. The cost is very reasonable for using the rink. Moms have to pay a small fee if they are going to just sit and not skate but go ahead and enjoy and join in. Its a blast to skate and the musis was enjoyable. Lots of fun.
PROS: Fun skating rink.