One of the new baby gorillas at the Bronx Zoo | Julie Larsen Maher via BronxZoo.com
The Bronx boasts some of the city’s coolest natural attractions. But the prospect of a two-hour, three-borough subway ride up the length of Manhattan may have stopped you short of making the trek. That’s where reserving a car from Carpingo can come in handy. It’s a straight shot up the BQE to New York’s northernmost borough, where you’ll find some of the most whoa-inducing flora and fauna in town.
Head out early and start your day at the Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan menagerie on the planet. More than 4,000 beasts call this 265-acre preserve home. Explore immersive habitats like the African Plains, grazed by lions, giraffes and zebras, or the Himalayan Highlands, featuring red pandas, snow leopards and white-naped cranes. Hitch a ride on the Wild Asia Monorail to see antelope, rhinos and elephants along the Bronx River. Latest additions to the zoo include a trio of prehistoric-looking Komodo dragons and two baby gorillas (awww).
Still up for more nature? Lucky for you, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is located right next door. Created in 1891 and inspired by London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the NYBG is five times larger than the closer-to-home Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The sprawling park includes a 50-acre forest that’s made up of some of the last original-growth trees in New York City. For decidedly less local flora, stroll through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The largest Victorian glass house in America contains a tropical rainforest. Through September 7, you can also check out “Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden,” which features plants inspired by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s plantings in Maine.
If you make your trip on July 24 or August 21, stick around later for Jazz Age Evenings, a garden party complete with dance lessons, cocktails, and 1920s-style tunes from Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra (6–9pm; $30). Perfect for a date or a visiting mom…you’re welcome. Reserve your car now!
Brooklyn is home to its share of home-goods superchains, but creative DIY decorators know that it’s more fun to shop local. With its thriving artistic community and wealth of repurposed warehouse space, Gowanus has become Brooklyn’s very own furniture district. Reserve a vehicle with plenty of packing space (like a Dodge Caravan or a Ford E250), and go shopping without having to worry about home-delivery costs. Here are some of the coolest spots to check out.
FIND Home Furnishings You never know what you’ll encounter at this aptly named store, situated along the Gowanus Canal on a block that’s light on foot traffic. The cavernous space is bristling with furniture imported from all over the globe—an ever-changing collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that range from antique writing desks to towering statues of the Buddha. FIND also specializes in custom upholstery jobs. 43C 9th St., between Smith St. and 2nd Ave.
Build It Green! NYC Situated a few doors down from FIND is this is the ultimate spot for eco-conscious do-it-your-selfers. BIG is a nonprofit dedicated to giving salvaged or surplus building materials, furniture items and home accessories a second go-around. Items on sale run the gamut from appliances, doors and flooring to vintage flat files and upright pianos. They even have used books, records, and CDs! Pretty much the only limit is how creative you’re willing to get. 69 9th St., between Smith St. and 2nd Ave.
Rico This tri-level shop moved locations from Atlantic Avenue to south Gowanus last year, but lost none of its cool along the way. The look of the furniture, decor, lighting and art here is elegant and simple, favoring smooth lines and minimalist design—all curated by designer and artist Rico Espinet. Look for custom leather sofas, Persian rugs and vintage German pottery, plus unique paintings and photographic prints to make your walls pop. 546 Third Ave. at 14th St.
Adverts Vintage & Modern Furniture Husband-and-wife proprietors Peter and Scarlett Magnotta opened their north Gowanus store last summer with a specific eye on midcentury Modern furniture and decor. The pair trawl estate sales and auctions to find pieces like 1970s coffee tables, retrofuturist office furniture from the 1950s and sinuous antique table lamps. If you want your apartment to look like a set from Mad Men, you’ve come to the right place. 297 Bond St., between Sackett St. and Union St.
When it comes to sticker shock, nothing quite tops the feeling of complete and utter disbelief that many of us experience when pulling up to the gas pump. Not a weekend goes by that the price doesn’t seem to skyrocket, begging many a big city driver to ask the simple question, why? When all is said and done, is there really some sort of science behind high gas prices, or are providers just rolling the dice and lining their pockets with every hike?
While members of our Brooklyn car share no longer feel the pinch at the pumps (gas is already included in your membership dues), the folks here at Carpingo were still curious as to the answer. After a little digging, this is what we uncovered. (more…)
From leisurely rides through the park to daily commutes to and from work, bicycles have become a common sight in practically every corner of the city. Along with our Brooklyn car share program, the Citi Bike program helps residents dodge traffic and avoid costly subway fares.
That being said, cycling doesn’t come without it’s fair share of hazards. Unexpected car doors, crafty thieves and impatient taxis can turn a peaceful morning cycle into a nerve-wracking experience. And while we’re all for cycling (who doesn’t love a little two-wheeling when the weather is nice?), we think it’s important to inform our Brooklyn car share members about some of the lesser known frustrations associated with this environmentally-friendly form of commuting. (more…)
Lyft. Sidecard. You’ve likely heard of them, but do you really know what drives their business models? Are they really an alternative to car sharing, or do the limitations make their service less accessible that a car share?
When it comes to finding a safe and reliable way around NYC, these are the sorts of questions you need to consider. And while we’re a huge supporter of services like Lyft, we often find that many of our members confuse car sharing with ride sharing, which is what these applications offer. So, without further ado, here’s a quick crash course on the rise of ridesharing and how it differs from our Brooklyn car share model. (more…)
The first of a series of posts about fun day trips from Brooklyn. Reserve a car now and get ready to explore!
When you’re ready to get out of the city for a day, nothing beats a leisurely stroll along the main street of a small town. Cold Spring, just 50 miles north of New York City, is a quaint town on the banks of the Hudson River. Its many well-preserved 19th-century buildings have earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cold Spring Historic District. Whether you’re into antiquing, hiking, or just sitting at a café watching the world (or the river) pass by, Cold Spring is a refreshing antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. (more…)
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 100 times – owning a car in New York City is costly. And we’re not talking $5-a-day latte costly; we mean $100-a-day parking expensive. Because when it comes to owning a car in the City That Never Sleeps, not only do you have to cover the initial purchase price of the vehicle, you also have to factor in monthly insurance costs, weekly fill-ups at the gas station, ongoing maintenance, and yes, parking. At the end of the day, that’s a huge financial burden to carry, especially in a city that already ranks as one of the most costly places to live on the planet. (more…)
Have you noticed a change in your transportation habits as of late? Perhaps you take the bus rather than catch a cab; or maybe you’ve sold your car in favor of a Brooklyn car share membership. Either way, you’ve noticed that you’re spending less time behind the wheel of your car and more time enjoying life.
Surely, those two things can’t be a coincidence! According to a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and the Census Bureau for America’s 100 most populous urbanized areas, motorists drive close to 7.6 fewer miles per day than when per-capita driving was at its peak back in 2004. What’s more, the average number of miles driven per resident from 2006 to 2011 dropped almost three-quarters in America’s largest urbanized areas, while most of these same areas saw a significant increase in public transit use and bicycle commuting.
Transportation truly is transitioning in urban areas, and the impact that it’s having on traffic congestion and the future of infrastructure planning is nothing short of significant. (more…)
Whether you’re self-employed or sit in the C-suite of an international organization, there are simple, easy things that you can do in order to reduce your impact on the environment and live a greener life at work.
And the best part? Going green is a great way to save some green! Whether it’s starting a recycling program or joining our Brooklyn car share service, conserving energy and resources is a great way to cut costs and improve your bottom line. (more…)
Earlier this month, Zipcar – one of North America’s largest car sharing entities – announced that they would be piloting a new service this summer enabling one-way sharing services in test markets. As the top independent Brooklyn car sharing provider, we’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and expand our program. This includes investigating the possibility of offering one-way services to our growing membership base. Like Zipcar, we’ve spent a great deal of time crunching numbers and reviewing city bylaws in order to better understand this unique transportation option.
Is it a plausible option for our Brooklyn car sharing service? Well, that depends. While Zipcar’s approach to one-way sharing is certainly honorable, there are a myriad of logistical hassles currently prohibiting our Brooklyn car share from offering this much requested service. (more…)