Detours. Construction crews. An unwavering gridlock of honking horns. None of these affect the team at Seastreak. They ease work commutes and transportation woes by taking a different road: the water. Seastreak's captains have five high-speed ferries at their disposal, four of which can transport more than 500 passengers at a time. Multiple ships means multiple destinations, and the captains regularly go between Manhattan, New Jersey, Sandy Hook Bay, and Martha's Vineyard, among many other routes.
Each of the double-hulled catamarans has indoor and outdoor decks, which look out on panoramic views of the NYC skyline. The ships also go on formal sightseeing expeditions, cruising towards wonders such as the Hudson River's fall foliage, fireworks over the harbor, and buoys that look like rearing sea serpents if you squint.
Ocean Helicopter's fleet ferries passengers over congested highways to hundreds of airports and heliports in the tri-state area. Its Robinson R44 helicopters, which fly at 135 mph, carry up to three passengers through the skies on sightseeing tours over New York City, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, and Atlantic City. The helicopters can also be used during special events, such as marriage proposals, weddings, and Taco Tuesdays.
With 7Bus, passengers travel between Manhattan and Long Island in comfy and spacious motorcoaches. Rather than battle traffic and trade barbs with GPS systems, riders can decompress in leather seats, plug into a personal power outlet, and tap into the free WiFi to watch videos of kids asking “Are we there yet?” Safety is as much a priority to 7Bus as comfort and promptness. The company trains its drivers on a simulator and uses MobileView camera technology, which allows operations to monitor drivers and thus ensure safe and responsible transit.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
In 1977, the O’Sullivan brothers set out to build a luxury transportation network stretching across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Ever since, they’ve been transporting clients in a
fleet of sophisticated Lincoln Town Cars, stylish Lincoln Navigators, and stretch limousines. To ensure safety, O’Sullivan Limousine requires that its chauffeurs complete intensive defensive-driving training and pass periodic drug and background checks.
Whether they're native New Yorkers looking for a new perspective on their city or tourists from the cloudlands in search of a little slice of home, passengers at Pegasus Flight take in a jaw-dropping view of some of the Big Apple's most famous landmarks. An experienced captain pilots tours that fly past such must-sees as Ellis Island, Chinatown, the Chrysler Building, and the UN. On romantic tours, Pegasus Flight offers dinner at the Chart House Restaurant in Weehawken, and flies a candlelit copter to give a popped question maximum impact.