Day trips from Brooklyn: Staten Island

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It may be right across the bay from Brooklyn, but Staten Island can feel remote. Only reachable via ferry from Manhattan or the cars-only Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, Staten Island remains New York City’s least-populous borough, home to parks, beaches and historic sites dating back to pre-colonial times. It’s the closest you can get to a small-town getaway without leaving the city — book a car now and get ready to explore! (more…)

Brooklyn Car Share and Insurance: A Look Under the Hood

Brooklyn Car ShareCar insurance has always been a bit of a confusing topic. A critical element of car ownership, insurance is what financially protects you and your property in the case of an accident or theft. But just how does car insurance factor into the car sharing equation here at Carpingo, and why are so many companies like Uber and Lyft running into issues concerning their insurance coverage? These are all great questions, and queries that we often hear at our Brooklyn headquarters. And while we’ve posted information on our Brooklyn car sharing insurance policies in the past, it’s worth revisiting regularly in order to remind our current and prospective members just how our model differs from ride sharing organizations and what that means when it comes to your coverage. (more…)

Car Sharing and The New Campus Parking Lot

Car SharingHow can you tell car sharing is here to stay? Simply take a look at college campuses across the nation and ask yourself this: Just how many freshmen are heading off to college with a set of car keys in their pocket?

The answer? Not a whole lot.

Now, ask yourself how many freshman will be taking advantage of campus car sharing services. The answer? Upwards of 30 percent.  (more…)

Do Car Share Members Really Drive Less?

BlizzardWe’ve all read the new stories proclaiming the automobile is dead. That, try as automakers might, the next generation of American’s aren’t interested in driving off into the sunset. They’re too busy pedaling their way around town on their bike, or frantically running after the A train. It’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? The idea that American’s are over their vehicle loving ways. But in all honesty, the vast majority of American households do own cars. It’s just so darn convenient to walk out your front door and slip in behind the wheel of your own car. (more…)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Trips You Never Thought Your Brooklyn Car Share Could Handle

iStock_000002006522SmallThink your Brooklyn car share membership will only come in handy when you need to run to the grocery store or grab your son from soccer practice? Well, think again! When it comes to convenient and affordable transportation, nothing beats having your own vehicle. Unless, of course, that vehicle is a car share and costs you only a fraction of the price of owning your own car. Remember: as a car share member, you enjoy all the perks of a personal vehicle without any fuel, maintenance or insurance hassles.

And when we say all the perks, we mean all the perks. Want to spend the afternoon shopping in Midtown? You can use a car share for that. Need to head upstate for a family reunion? Our car share vehicles can get you there. Because with Carpingo, we go anywhere you need to go. (more…)

Take a car to the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden

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).

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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!

Grab a car and go shopping for cool furniture in Gowanus

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Why Do Gas Prices Go Up in the Summer?

Money Fuel GaugeWhen 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…)

Top Eight Things to Remember When Cycling in the City

iStock_000002125617SmallFrom 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…)

Car Sharing vs. Ride Sharing – What’s the Diff?

carpingo.daytrip.hiptot.mom_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…)