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.
Exercising candor and attentiveness, Apple Auto & Truck Care’s mechanics and technicians better vehicles with preventive maintenance and repairs. Owner Rich Caiola inherited the shop, which opened in 1957, from his father, renaming it in 2004 and rerouting his expertise as an electrical engineer toward keeping drivers safe and motors humming like a refrigerator getting its chin tickled. When not performing emission tests and brake checks on vehicles or servicing corporate fleets, the team dispenses auto-care tips on improving gas mileage and vehicle longevity.
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.
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.