Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
By collaborating with other businesses, Park Right seized an opportunity to facilitate seamless transportation. At least one manager and a uniformed, clean-shaven crew supervise each lot, many of which partner with Envirowash to offer detailing packages for vehicles in their care. Chauffeurs shuttle drivers in their own cars or in SUVs, sedans, or limos owned by Park Right's sister company, and point those in need of a rental to the Zipcar fleets available at each garage. As consultants, the team shares management expertise with builders, developers, and method actors cast as traffic barrels.
Molly, Polly, and Ollie. Those are the names of the trolleys that make up New York Trolley Co.'s fleet, and together, they tote passengers around for everything from weddings and pub crawls to birthdays and corporate parties. Each is equipped with heating and air conditioning, ensuring comfortable trips no matter the season. And, like the bathtubs of English royalty, each features a classy oak interior complete with padded seating. At the trolleys' helm, friendly, qualified drivers navigate the vehicles, and passengers, meanwhile, may personalize rides with their own music and bring their own food and drinks.
"Life's too short for traffic." That's the motto at Fly The Whale, a company specializing in private chartered flights. The founders are wholehearted believers in the statement: they loved going to the Hamptons, but hated getting stuck in traffic jams and taxiing their plane down I-95 the whole way. So, they simply turned their eyes?and wheels?toward the gridlock-free sky. Today, their amphibious seaplanes bear passengers not only to the Long Island resorts, but also to Nantucket, the Caribbean, and Atlantic City. The winged Whales can also be chartered for fishing excursions and golf outings.
Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren may each own a lot of cars, but their fleets are nothing compared to the number of vehicles Impark Parking must protect in a single day. The company operates more than 2,000 parking facilities in 34 cities throughout North America, from Atlanta to Baltimore to Winnipeg. That accounts for nearly half a million parking spots in total, a far cry from the single lot that Impark?then known as Imperial Parking?started out with. Today, more than 50 years later, it operates as a fully integrated company with expertise in garage management, carbon neutral practices, and recycling.