Bernard’s Limousine Service, Inc., dispatches a fleet of luxury Cadillacs, Lincoln Town Cars, and stretch limos to tote customers across town in style. Professional and courteous drivers pick up clients from all over the metro area and careen them anywhere from the airport and business meetings to weddings and proms. Bernard’s also accommodates large parties with spacious Hummer stretch limos, 15-passenger luxury vans, or the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
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.
A New York-based company, Whisk ferries New Yorkers around their beloved city?including rides from LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports and between distant boroughs. With its sleek mobile app, customers use a single finger tap to summon rides from drivers licensed by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The app also allows customers to track and get in contact with drivers prior to pickup. Using your smartphone's GPS signal, the service determines your location and immediately dispatches the nearest trained chauffeurs. Whisk's rates generally fall within 10%?15% of a typical taxi fare, and passengers often ride in sleek Lincoln Town Cars, Mercedes-Benz sedans, and palanquins borne by bejeweled elephants.
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.