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.
What began as a single valet business started by childhood friends has since grown into LAZ Parking, a nationwide company that manages, leases, and owns hundreds of parking spaces across the country. It operates parking lots at a variety of establishments—including college campuses, office buildings, and parking-lot museums—and also provides airport shuttle service and hotel valets.
Getting out of the big city can be challenging at times, but Tour America's organized trips take care of the logistics. One of the company's most popular destinations is Washington, DC. This tour whisks guests to the capital to soak in the city's historic monuments and modern marvels, and brings them back the same evening.
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.
Having enlightened more than 4,000 novice photographers to date and seen his work appear in the New York Times and GQ, JP Pullos has credentials that broadcast his photo capability. Drawing from this wealth of experience, JP instructs students of the photo arts on the finer points of their camera, whether that be a DSLR or compact point-and-shoot. Through an intuitive teaching method and learning-by-doing, pupils gain confidence in how to frame stunning portraits, capture images in any lighting conditions, and optimally use their camera's features.