I came to Professional Driving School of the Americas after having failed the road test with another school, and registered for the 10 hour package with the pre-licensing course. I had the pre-licensing course with Mr. Cohen, who tried to keep things interesting through the long session. The driving school I went to previously just used a bunch of videos for instruction, whereas here Mr. Cohen actually talks you through it while answering questions along the way. He definitely kept my attention better than the instructional videos I had to watch. I was paired up with two instructors, Chris and Steve, for the 10 hour package. Both were really great at pointing out flaws in my driving ability and gave me important tips for real-world driving. Chris took me out on the highway to get me comfortable with highway driving even though it isn't required on the test. Unlike other instructors that I have been with, they were more concerned with helping me be a safe driver out in the real world rather than just scraping a pass on the test. They also pick you up at your home for the lessons! I had Chris on the test day itself and he helped me get familiar with the area surrounding the test site. He also administered a mock test to point out some last minute things to fix before the actual test, and it was incredibly helpful in calming my nerves. I ended up passing the behind-the-wheel test very comfortably! I was so impressed with the experience that I came back for lessons in stick shift and was paired up with Chris again. Needless to say, he helped me pick it up in no time. He was great at distilling relevant information to make the process easy to grasp and acclimatized me to the various road conditions in Manhattan. Also ask him about his quirky stick shift challenges and you will see his commitment to helping you learn :) The administrative staff was also great to interact with and managed to fit me in with all my scheduling constraints. The whole experience I had at Professional Driving School was fantastic. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending them if you plan to pick up driving in Manhattan.
I have been a drummer and a writer all of my life, and I knew I wanted to work in entertainment industry; I just wasn't sure how I would be able to get the ball rolling. I heard about the recording connection when I was looking for Audio schools to attend after college, and quickly realized that it would be more beneficial and cheaper than any audio institution. I knew I wanted to be in New York, so I did my research and asked to be put in a very prominent recording studio. From day one I knew it was the place for me, relaxed atmosphere, great staff of good people, amazing room located in the center of the universe. I started applying myself from day one trying to be proactive and helpful wherever I could, and I became acquainted with the staff and regular studio goers. As time progressed, I started sitting in on more sessions and meeting artists, producers, engineers and accomplished entrepreneurs and personalities who were able to offer me real opportunity. After several months I was taken on as an intern. I learned so much about working in a studio environment that first six months; it's hard to even fathom how far I've come in such a short time (Not even taking into account the technical aspects). By being outgoing, humble, and making relationships with the people I met in-studio; I was able to sell myself and create connections. I played with some bands, produced some songs with people, and am now focused solely on a project I am embarking on (with my partner and co-apprentice from the recording connection, where we work with the same mentor. We are two pieces of the band for one of Wu-Music Groups newest artists and potentially touring NYC and maybe even South America!!!'
I highly recommend this driving school. The prices are fair and you should take advantage of the packages, which includes the lessons (depending on how many you want), the five-hour class, road test appointment, and car rental for the test. I like how you can be picked up and dropped off anywhere in the city. Although the lessons are mainly held around Stuyvesant town, you can change the location to a different part of the city. Most of my lessons were held uptown, which I felt was much better because it wasn't that busy, and it was more convenient since my college was nearby. It's crazy learning how to drive in the city but it's a great challenge that you should take. The staff was very friendly and I had no problems scheduling all my lessons, whether I had to reschedule for certain reasons or change instructors upon my request. I signed up for the 10 hour package with Chris and I learned so much from him. He was an awesome instructor, who was calm and patient, and he tells you what to expect for the road test. I strongly recommend anyone to take Chris as their instructor. Each lesson was fun, I got to know Chris well, and I loved bugging him all the time. He really helped me pass my road test and promised me a car for my birthday :)