Total Car Care

(give reference from St. Vladimir’s and ask for Victor)
701 N Macquesten Pkwy, Mt Vernon, NY
(914) 776-5331

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Major Streets

Central Park Avenue (Route 100) North will get you to many stores! There are: Trader Joe’s, Pathmark Grocery Store, Linens & Things, furniture stores, baby superstores, nurseries, doctor’s and dental offices, many grocery stores, diners, restaurants, Best Buy, movie theatres, CVS, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, car repair shops, Laundromats, banks, and anything else you might need in your first weeks here in Crestwood. You may have already noticed that it is difficult to get to things on the opposite side of the street from where you are. Central Park Avenue is full of jug-handle left turns and U-turns, and Crisfield (our closest cross-street) is one of them. If you’re approaching Crisfield on Central Park from the north, you can either get into the U-turn lane to your right, or actually turn left onto Fort Hill Road BEFORE you get to Crisfield. Then you make a left at the dead end onto Eisenhower, which will take you out to Crisfield, where you take a left again.

Central Park Avenue (100) South will take you to Bed Bath and Beyond, another Pathmark Grocery Store, and the village of Tuckahoe, where you can find a post office, a large Public Library (There is a very small one in Crestwood), public tennis courts, Verizon wireless store, and going further on 100 will bring you to Hwy. 87. Hwy. 87 South will take you directly into Manhattan. (See Basic Map on last page.)

The Bronx River Parkway (The BRP) North will get you to White Plains many times faster than driving down Central Park Avenue (100).
In White Plains you will find a Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Filenes’s Basement, the White Plains Mall, Westchester Mall, The Galleria Mall, and the White Plains Library.
In White Plains you can also find the Court house, and Department of Motor

The Bronx River Parkway (The BRP) South leads you into Bronxville and to the Cross County Parkway that will lead you to Hutchison Parkway.

Sprain Brook Road South (Not Sprain Brook Parkway!) will take you to Costco, Home Depot, and Stew Leonard’s. Take Central Park (Route 100 North. Make a left hand turn at Fort Hill Rd. This road will become Jackson Ave. (stay on Jackson Ave.) You will pass over Sprain Brook Parkway and then you will pass over State Thruway 87. Immediately turn left on the first street past Thruway 87. That street is Sprain Road. Follow that road and on your right you will see the Home Depot, further up that road after making a right you will see Costco and further up that same road you will see Stew Leonards.

Some Major Highways and their information:

87 and 287 North will bring you across the Tappan Zee Bridge where you can find a large shopping mall called the Palisades. Going further on 287N will bring you into New Jersey with an Outlet Shopping Mall, ski areas, beautiful hiking, and fresh air.
295 and 678 will bring you into Queens.
95S (goes west to George Washington Bridge) will take you to Elizabeth, NJ near IKEA and Newark Airport. One note: 95S and 95N are always congested. If possible, find an alternate route.
95N will take you to New Haven, CT, but take the Merritt Parkway; it’s always faster.

Driving and parking

If you are not from an area of the country that is as densely populated as Yonkers, you may be surprised at how difficult it can be.

Read parking signs carefully, especially when not parking on the St. Vladimir’s Campus. In this area you can be towed or ticketed from all of the following (and many more): NO STANDING means- Do Not park here (not “No Loitering”); NO PARKING FROM 8-5 M-F, and SATURDAY, and possibly some SUNDAYS; DO NOT BACK INTO PARKING SPACE, YOU WILL BE TOWED; Keep 15 feet between your car and a fire hydrant. Also, do not park on the opposite side of the street if other cars are not parked there. Be especially careful when you are driving and parking in New York City.

 

Bring change with you everywhere! Target, Walmart, the post office, doctors’ offices and banks could charge you to park.

 

If you have a choice between Yonkers and White Plains, it is often faster and easier to get to White Plains. It takes less time to get there (if you use the Bronx River Parkway going north) even though it might be a little farther technically. The seminary is in the city limits of Yonkers, but right on the edge. Scarsdale, Eastchester, Whiteplains, Tuckahoe, Crestwood, Hartsdale, Bronxville – these are easier to get to than downtown Yonkers and are all basically closer.

 


 

Driver’s license

You are not required to change drivers’ licenses, vehicle registration, or license plates to New York State, as students you are not considered permanent residents

From the NYS DMV website:

The law defines a resident as a person who lives in NYS with the intent to make NYS a “fixed and permanent” place to live. According to this law, students from other states or from other nations who attend school in NYS are normally not considered residents of NYS.

However, if you wish to qualify for low-income help through New York State (see financial section), you might need to become a resident by changing your drivers’ license, vehicle reg., and license plate. Some low-income assistance will be available using just your electric bill. 

If you do change drivers’ licenses, vehicle registration, or license plates to New York State, the best place to go is the White Plains DMV, in the White Plains Mall – 2nd Floor, 200 Hamilton Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 M, T, W & F 8:30 – 4:00 Thursday 10:00 – 6:00. www.nydmv.state.ny.us 

*Tip:  download and complete ALL documents prior to going to the DMV.

International Students

Getting a NY license can be difficult if you are from another country. Here are the steps involved

  1. Obtain a Learner Permit by taking the written test. You can practice for the test here. It is best to book a time for your test. Do that here.
  2. When you have gotten your Learner Permit you may take the required 5-hr course in driver safety. This involves basically sitting in a classroom watching videos about drunk driving and the dangers of speeding. One example of a place you can take this course is Perlas Automobile Driving 268 New Main St # 2. It costs around $40. After sitting through the course you get a certificate. With the certificate number you are now able to book a driving test.
  3. Book a driving test here: https://visit.dmv.ny.gov/onlineReserve/indexB.html. The waiting time for a driving test can be months. You will need to provide your own car, and the test inspector will verify that the car is registered and has insurance. When you take the test you will either have to bring a licensed driver with you, or surrender your foreign license to the DMV. Ask a fellow seminarian to accompany you, and you won’t have to surrender your foreign license. There is no cost for the test, and they are generally preposterously easy to pass.

Tolls and EZPass

If you don’t know, an EZPass is an transponder that sits inside your windshield, and is read electronically at toll stations. Money is automatically deducted from your prepaid account, and you can opt to have the account automatically replenished with your debit or credit card.

It’s simple to apply.  Just go online to http://www.e-zpassny.com/ to apply and you’re on your way to avoiding long lines and higher cash prices at the bridge and tunnel crossings. If you already have one where you currently live chances are you can use it in New York as well.

DMV

The two closest DMV offices are in Yonkers and in White Plains. The White Plains office is usually less busy, and is also closer, but parking costs around $8.00.

Book ahead of time!

Visit the DMV website to find offices and make a reservation so you don’t need to stand in line when you get there. Click here