In its second year, The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show continues to draw inspiration from one of the globe’s most bike-friendly cities, showcasing thousands of road bikes, dutch bikes, and other styles while promoting safe urban cycling. The bike display sprawls across three stories and more than 33,000 square feet, and bike giveaways throughout the weekend arm patrons for stylish riding or perfecting their slow-motion Lance Armstrong impressions. In Bikelandia, the show's seminar portion, authors and experts present on cyclist issues such as New York’s bike lanes, and a fashion show flaunts the trendiest bike outfits and accessories. As they tour the festivities, patrons can sip complimentary pints at the Grolsch Lager beer garden and nosh on mouth-watering eats. The show also benefits Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates for stronger biking, walking, and public-transit infrastructure.
Since first starting its engine at the end of the 19th century to remaking itself into a high-tech competitor with the 500 Series, FIAT has captured the hearts of designers and drivers with stylish and innovative vehicles. The Manhattan showroom curates a shiny testaments to the Italian craftsmanship that made FIAT an international staple. There, models of the FIAT 500 series glitter next to each other, exuding a playful charm and a cosmopolitan, European sensibility. Curious motorists can get behind the wheel of their favorite speed machine during test drives and take in their precious four-wheeled friends for regular maintenance, flashy upgrades, or booster shots at the service center.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or solving a riddle.
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.
From its name, one might think Big Taxi Tours whisks visitors around town aboard giant taxi cabs—and they'd be right. The touring company transports customers on double-decker buses painted taxi-cab yellow and embellished with the signature checkered stripe, paying homage to the city's ubiquitous taxis and bright yellow Statue of Liberty. From their seat aboard the bus, guests can discover hotspots in downtown and uptown, and hop off to explore landmarks including the Empire State Building and Times Square.
It’s an all too familiar, frustrating feeling—circling filled up parking garages in your car, waiting and hoping for someone to pull out before you run out of gas, overheat, or simply give up. ParkNow’s app neatly sidesteps the headache, streamlining the process of finding guaranteed availability by letting users book and pay for spots before leaving the house. Car-owners can also schedule services such as car washes, battery charges, or oil checks. Beyond the convenience, the service also aims to assist the environment by reducing the fuel consumption and traffic congestion accumulated by idling drivers.