Leading more than 30 bike tours across the nation, the cycling enthusiasts at Bike and Roll fuel a passion for healthy, eco-friendly transportation via guided tours and self-guided rides atop rental bikes. Their fleet of two-wheelers stakes a claim to Trek bicycles—the same brand that propelled Lance Armstrong to victory—and other recreation, transportation, road, and children's bikes. Riders can pedal behind a guide during the Ride 'Round Manhattan tour, which circles the Statue of Liberty and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial before cruising along the Harlem River bike path. More adventurous cyclists can board rental cycles on their own and confer with free maps to conduct a jaunt across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges while drinking in the skyline and making Waldo spottings along the river. Bike and Roll also outfits patrons with other specialty transportation, such as in-line skates, segways, and magic carpets programmed to swing past the tops of only historic buildings.:m]]
Your day begins, a la James Bond, in the elegant confines of Classic Car Club Manhattan at 9 a.m. with coffee and a briefing on each car. Once you're fully educated on what makes the Nissan GT-R, F430 Ferrari, Lamborghini Gallardo, Shelby Cobra, and others so darn cool, you'll get to tear up some road matter with each of them, with lunch served along the way. You'll be back at Classic Car Club by 5 p.m., just in time for a cocktail hour, during which you may chat with your fellow drivers about which ride was the sweetest. Or you can just sit and make dazed vroom-vroom noises for the entire hour. Classic Car Club Manhattan is used to that.
Mint hands automobile-less clients the smartcards to unlock fuel-efficient vehicles in hopes of reducing traffic, pollution, and humans' dependency on fossil fuels. After registering online, customers can nab cars at one of Mint's many pickup locations and use their 24-hour rental credit over the span of multiple errand-running sessions, wheeling about town with prepaid gas cards. Once their car-borrowing days are over, drivers adhere to the autos' and parking spots' prenuptial agreements by returning the rentals to the exact spot where they found them. Mint's FAQ page provides answers to a slew of questions to help motorists wrap their brains around the car-rental process.
Sue Phillips wields a very special power: the mastery of scents. The fragrance specialist has designed perfumes for Tiffany and Burberry, scent-based bouquets for Teleflora, and ambient smell-scapes for cruise ships and restaurants. As the president and CEO of Scenterprises, she also shares this power with her customers at her perfume-building workshop in her Tribeca studio—The Scentsorium, which was recently covered by Crain's.
The name is a play on the Latin word “sensorium,” which referred to the limbic system: the part of the brain that analyzes sensation. It's an idea that fits with the studio's mission to help clients discover how aromas connect with raw emotion and memory. Workshops teach visitors to mix more than 10 house perfume blends—ranging from citrus and floral to musky and woodsy—into their own custom creations. House fragrance specialists can also design complex, bespoke scents that can help clients feel like entirely new, better-smelling people. True to its name, The Scentorium is a feast for all the senses: walls are hung with watercolor art by Sue's late mother Grace Phillips, classical music flows from the speakers, and herbal teas and snacks are served.