Finding a good place to give stick shift driving lessons in NYC isn’t the easiest task, but if you know what to look for, it isn’t that hard either. Ideally, you want to avoid hills, one lane or tight streets and heavy traffic areas. The biggest inconvenience is other motorists interfering with your learning concentration. A honk is the number one concentration breaker.
Look for an open flat area. Ideally, you’d want some obstacles, but make sure that you can control the situations you put yourself in or whoever you’re teaching. For example, if you find a nice hill near by, make sure you can put the hazard lights on and pull over to the side. Traffic should be able to maneuver around you easily.
Don’t resort to parking lots for driving lessons. Parking lots won’t prepare anyone effectively. Open, flat roads with light traffic and obstacles close by are ideal. For obstacles, make sure you have one small hill, one large hill and one long stretch of road for gear cycling.