Keep the Kids Happy: Take Your New York Car Rental to the Zoo

When you take your New York car rental around the Big Apple you’ll find no end of attractions and things to keep you busy. But how many of these are fun for the whole family? It’s unlikely that your 6 year old is going to want to take a jaunt through the Met. Fortunately, New York is a city full of possibilities. There are more than enough activities to keep the whole family happy.

A few sites you definitely won’t want to miss are the various zoos around New York. This year, new attractions are being introduced at each zoo to further enhance your experience. If you want your own cubs to experience nature and learn about the wild, then NYC’s zoos are right for you. Read on to find out how the city’s zoos have expanded and improved.

The Bronx Zoo

With your New York car rental, you’re certainly not limited to the Central Park Zoo. Take a drive to the Bronx to check out the $4 million renovation to the Children’s Zoo. Located at 2300 Southern Blvd. the zoo now boasts a Monkey Island. Monkey Island is home to the South American pudu (the world’s tiniest deer!), South American coati-mundi bears, and, of course, 11 squirrel monkeys. Your children will fall in love with the Children Zoo’s newest resident – a giant anteater that goes by the name Velcro.

Finally, your children will adore the interactive qualities of the petting zoo and tree house slide. Find the gorgeous penguin exhibit at the Aquatic Bird House. Kids enter the zoo for $23.95, and adult tickets are $33.95.

If you want to get out in the sun and enjoy the weather on the way to Bronx Zoo, park your New York car rental and venture across the High Bridge. This hike may not be suitable for the whole family, but if you’re kid-free then this 1,450-foot walkway may be just the trip for you. If you do have kids, why not pull out a few bicycles? The High Bridge connects Manhattan to the Bronx on a journey over the Harlem River. It’s a gorgeous trip to enjoy the incredible views that New York has to offer.

New York Botanical Garden

While this may not count as a “zoo” per se, the Botanical Garden provides an awe-inspiring look at what nature has to offer. Located at 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx (conveniently close to the Bronx Zoo), the Botanical Gardens’ Haupt Conservatory has reimagined Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul home and studio. With replicas of her studio, decorative pyramid, and gardens with the same plants, you’ll think you drove back in time in your New York car rental.

On top of the Kahlo exhibit, entitled “Frida Kahlo – Art, Garden, Life”, you can wander the 250 acres of orchids, forests, and herbs. Adults enter for $20, students and seniors for $18, and kids for $8.

The Central Park Zoo

What would a visit to New York be without a trip to the Central Park Zoo? One of the most popular attractions in the Big Apple, the Central Park Zoo offers a thrilling experience for the whole family.

The Zoo offers a variety of exhibitions with animals from all over the world. Exhibits include:

  • Tropic Zone: The Rainforest
  • Polar Circle
  • Grizzly Bear & Treena’s Overlook
  • Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool
  • Temperate Territory
  • Tisch Children’s Zoo
  • Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard

The Central Park Zoo has almost any animal your child could dream of. And who doesn’t love cuddly animals like penguins and sea lions? Fortunately your children can take part in feeding both of those adorable creatures. The Central Park Zoo has a number of other activities, including Zoo Quests and a 4-D theatre.

The Central Park Zoo certainly isn’t the only one you can visit. Depending on your location in New York, you may choose one of the many other zoos available. For similar exhibits to the Central Park Zoo check out Queens Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium for nature’s submarine wonders.

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“Seinfeld: The Apartment” Pops Up in NYC

In 1989, Jerry Seinfeld stole the hearts of thousands with the introduction of his sitcom “Seinfeld”. Running a full 9 seasons, “Seinfeld” continues to have a loyal following of both old and new fans that are looking for a good laugh. Even showcasing an episode on New York car rental. It’s no surprise, then, that this beloved comedian made a comeback. Before you get too excited, it’s probably not in the way that you think.

Introducing New York City’s newest pop-up attraction: Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment from the show. Fans had an opportunity to venture to downtown NYC to check out Seinfeld’s famous flat. If you were in NYC at the time, then you could have driven your New York car rental to the Meat Packing District for an opportunity to step onto the set of the famous show about nothing.

NYC’s pop-up attractions

This isn’t the first time New York has surprised tourists and residents with a pop-up attraction. This past year, fans of “Friends” had a chance to see the famous Central Perk for a few days only. Similarly, “Seinfeld: The Apartment” opened from June 24 to June 28 and was free to the public. If you weren’t lucky enough to be scooting around in your New York car rental at the time you probably wish that the attraction was permanent, but unfortunately NYC is a city of brief encounters and constant change.

So what’s the point of the pop-up? As with most other pop-up attractions in the Big Apple, “Seinfeld: The Apartment” was helping to advertise. This week, the video streaming service Hulu is releasing every “Seinfeld” episode for public use. The pop-up was sponsored by Hulu to celebrate and promote this launch, and was backed by “Seinfeld” cast members. In fact, Jerry Seinfeld himself loaned Hulu his collection of “Seinfeld” memorabilia for the apartment.

Memorabilia and replication

Fans were wowed by the ability of the construction crew to exactly recreate the apartment – right down to the smiley face oven mitt and proper cereal box placement. Visitors would have thought they were in the show, rather than simply a pop-up set.

Creators even brought in outside memorabilia for the attraction, including the diner booth that was favored by the Seinfeld gang. Fans could make their best attempt at flailing through the apartment door like Cosmo Kramer with the help of a swinging door.

Meet the Soup Nazi

Even if you never watched a single episode of Seinfeld, you’ve likely heard of the infamous Soup Nazi. The words “No soup for you!” have been engraved into sitcom history, and are not soon to be forgotten. Heard on the mouths of fans and non-fans alike, it still holds a place in contemporary humor.

On June 24, visitors of “Seinfeld: The Apartment” had the opportunity to meet the legend himself. Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup Nazi, was around to chat with lucky fans.

Other “Seinfeld” sites to see

“Seinfeld” is known for its blurring of reality and fiction. If you’re too late to catch the apartment, there are plenty of other “Seinfeld” sites to which you can take your New York car rental. Didn’t catch the Soup Nazi? Why not get a glimpse of the “real” Soup Nazi? Named Al Yeganeh, the original Soup Nazi owned Soup Kitchen International which has since closed after becoming The Original Soup Man franchise.

Hungry for a good ol’ diner dinner? You may be familiar with Monk’s Restaurant from the show, but most don’t realize that the restaurant front shown in “Seinfeld” really exists under the name Tom’s Restaurant. Start up the New York car rental and head on over to Tom’s where you can grab a booth and chat with your friends about nothing – just like the “Seinfeld” gang.

For a more guided look into the “Seinfeld” version of New York, why not take the Seinfeld tour? Running three hours, you’ll see various “Seinfeld” spots and even be allowed to meet Al Yeganeh, the original Soup Nazi. Best of all, the tour is hosted by the muse of Cosmo Kramer’s character, Kenny Kramer.

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Beautiful Lakes to Bring Your New York Car Rental

Camping season is in full swing! It’s time to get out to explore nature in your New York car rental. New York isn’t all urban areas, after all. This state has beautiful natural scenery that is often forgotten next to the Big Apple.

If you’re ready to get outside of civilization, there are plenty of places for you to venture. In fact, New York State has some of the most gorgeous scenery and lakes in the northern states. Load up the New York car rental with some camping gear and food, or even just a picnic and set off to one of these incredible lakes.

Lake George

If you’re not ready to venture out entirely to nature, then Lake George is a great option. Not only is it one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States, it is also a hot spot for tourists and New York residents alike. There are always events in the summer, skydiving and white-water rafting, and golf and mini golf. If you’re not much into camping, there are lodges, cabins, resorts, motels, and inns for you to stay in.

Of course, if you do love the outdoors then camping and hiking are always options. For the avid fisherman, there’s no end of fish. This lake has several varieties, including Northern pike, Atlantic salmon, lake trout, yellow perch, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid is surrounded by the high peaks of the Adirondacks, making it a flawless vista of nature’s wonders. This incredible New York hot spot is perfect for a private getaway. Rent a house or take a camping and hiking adventure complete with a wide range of outdoor activities. Cycle or hike up the mountain to gain a spectacular view of the lake.

If you crave a little more human interaction or a night on the town, Lake Placid has several surrounding towns that offer entertainment, dining, and brewpubs in which to relax after a busy day outdoors. If you love horses, don’t miss the Lake Placid Horse Show running from June 23 to July 11. Once you’ve reached Lake Placid, you’ll be able to park the New York car rental. You’ll find plenty of entertainment within walking distance.

The Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes in New York look exactly as they sound. These narrow lakes are in a group of around 10 or 11 in total and are surrounded by popular resort land. This area of New York is so popular because of the magnificent waterfalls, roads, and hiking trails. Not only do the natural surroundings make the Finger Lakes worth the trip in your New York car rental but there are also plenty of other activities to do in the area. Once you’ve taken a hike down to the lakes and around the waterfalls, check out the local wineries.

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The stunning Finger Lakes of New York.

There are several wine trails you can take to explore the wine culture around New York’s finger lakes. Wine trails include Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail, and Canandaiuga Wine Trail. Wineries and graperies include Arbor Hill Grapery, Belhurst Estate Winery, Finger Lakes Wine Center, Lake Street Station Winery, and New York Wine & Culinary. You’ll certainly want to assign a designated driver so that you’re not driving home wobbly in your New York car rental after visiting one of the many wineries and wine trails. If you don’t have a DD, that’s okay! This is a great spot to park the New York car rental and either walk, or take public transit. Always better to be safe than sorry!

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Visit Stonewall Inn in Your New York Car Rental

After the big vote by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2015 the United States of America officially became the 21st country in the world to legalize gay marriage on a national scale. This made waves across America on historical, religious, and political levels. With that in mind, it goes without debate that New York’s newest landmark could not have come at a more relevant time. This year when you drive around in your New York car rental, you will be able to visit the Stonewall Inn as a landmark site.

The Stonewall Inn is the location of one of the most important instances of activism in North American LGBTQ history. The site of the famous Stonewall riots has long been hailed as a significant pilgrim site for the LGBTQ movement, but now activists and members of the community can take pride in its official status as a New York landmark. It’s an important site that you shouldn’t miss when traveling around the Big Apple in your New York car rental.

The Stonewall Riot June 28, 1969

Founded in the 1840s, the Stonewall Inn located in Greenwich Village has gone through various phases of industry. Starting as two stables transformed into a bar and going through a mafia-owned period, Stonewall Inn was finally turned into a gay bar in 1967.

During this time, bar raids were not uncommon – especially of known gay bars. In the wee hours of the morning on June 28, 1969 there was a police raid in the bar. Several men were violently arrested. Particularly targeted were men dressed in drag.

This time, the community fought back. Counterattacking against the officers and smashing into the police cars, this riot quickly accelerated and continued for a week.

These riots became known as the “Stonewall Riots”. They are celebrated at every Pride week across New York and on an international level. If have taken your New York car rental to pride events around the state, you’ll certainly have heard the name Stonewall.

Take your New York car rental to Stonewall Inn

If you drive through Stonewall in your New York car rental today, you’ll see a street that looks quite different from the way it did in June 1969. Stonewall Inn itself has changed significantly. Originally constructed from two stables in the 19th century, the building maintained the structure of two joined buildings despite Stonewall Inn taking up both of them. If you see the Inn now, you’ll see that the building has been divided into two businesses. Stonewall Inn continues to take up one side of the building. The other side of the building is now QQ Nails and Spa.

Stonewall Inn: The Landmark

On June 23, 2015 New York City’s landmarks commission voted on Stonewall Inn. Without exception, members of the commission voted in favor of Stonewall Inn. That day, the historic inn officially gained landmark status. This status extends to QQ Nails and Spa, which is in the original structure and therefore in need of historic protection.

Being granted landmark status ensures the safety and protection of the building. Stonewall Inn will remain a significant site for the LGBTQ movement. Almost a pilgrimage site, members of the community would be devastated should anything happen to the Stonewall Inn. Thankfully, that is no longer a concern.

Significant also is that Stonewall Inn is the first LGBTQ site to become an official landmark in New York City.

As mentioned, the granting of landmark status to Stonewall Inn came at a relevant time in American history. It was one of the critical factors in the fight for LGBTQ rights in America. As such, Stonewall Inn’s landmark status is accompanied by the “finale” of the fight for gay marriage. You definitely don’t want to miss visiting this landmark in your New York car rental.

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Construction Embargoes to Be Aware Of in Your New York Car Rental

It’s that time of year again when construction companies are back on the road, and traffic is jammed up. Despite the fact that these projects improve the roads and make driving your New York car rental around the city a little easier, it’s tough to remember this when travel times are increased.

That said, there are a few times when construction can’t take place and you’ll be able to travel the city smoothly – except for the influx of pedestrians. If there are any events this summer that you’ll be going to, check this list to see if you’ll be able to drive construction free. If not, you may have to deal with a slow ride in your New York car rental. Here are the construction embargoes around New York that you should know about.

Taste of Times Square

From May 29 to June 1, 2015 there’s a construction embargo in effect for the Taste of Times Square event. This event takes place at West 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue. During this time, only emergency work will take place.

Celebrate Israel Parade

From May 30 to May 31, 2015 there will be a construction embargo taking place for the Celebrate Israel Parade, excepting only emergency work. There are several locations for this embargo, including:

  • 5th Avenue between 52nd and 78th Streets
  • 52nd Street to 55th Street between Park and 6th Avenues
  • 56th Street between Park and 7th Avenues
  • 73rd Street to 78th Streets between Madison and Lexington Avenues
  • East side of Madison Avenue between 73rd and 79th Streets
  • West side of Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 79th Streets

Though you don’t have to worry about construction, this parade will still block up the roads so you may want to park the New York car rental and walk if you’re in this area.

Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

A construction embargo will be in effect from June 3 to June 4, 2015 in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. On the first day of the embargo, the locations that are blocked in Manhattan are:

  • Queensboro Bridge Greenway
  • 60th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues
  • 2nd Avenue between 60th and 42nd Streets
  • 42nd Street between 2nd and 6th Avenues

In Queens, the routes are:

  • 23rd Avenue between Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street
  • 21st Street between 23rd Avenue and Broadway
  • Broadway between 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard
  • Vernon Boulevard between Broadway and 34th Avenue
  • 34th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and 38th Street
  • 38th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues
  • 35th  Avenue between 38th and 30th Streets
  • 30th Street between 35th and 40th Avenues
  • 40th Avenue between 30th Street and 25th Street / Crescent Street
  • 25th Street / Crescent Street between 40th Avenue and Queensboro Bridge
  • Queensboro Bridge Greenway

On June 4th, the embargoes in Manhattan are:

  • 7th Avenue between West 42st and West 23rd Streets
  • 23rd Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway
  • Broadway between West 23rd and 17th Streets
  • 17th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South
  • 18th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South
  • Park Avenue South/ Union Square East between 18th and East 14th Streets
  • Broadway between East 14th Street and Battery Place
  • Battery Place between Broadway and West Street
  • West Street between Battery Place and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
  • Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

In Brooklyn the only location is I-278/Gowanus Expressway between Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Verrazano Bridge. In Staten Island, embargo location is the I-278/Staten Island Expressway between Verranzo Bridge and Goethals Bridge. This is another event where you have to leave the New York car rental in the lot and walk or, if you can, avoid travel through these areas.

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

From June 12 to June 14, 2015 the National Puerto Rican Day Parade will bring about a construction embargo and a few blocked roads for the event. Here are the locations:

  • 5th Avenue between 42nd and 86th Streets
  • 6th Avenue between 44th and 49th Streets
  • Madison Avenue between 43rd and 79th Streets
  • 43rd Street between 6th and Madison Avenues
  • 44th Street and 45th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue
  • 46th Street to 48th Street between 6th and Madison Avenues
  • 80th Street between Park and 3rd Avenues
  • 80th Street to 85th Street between 5th and Lexington Avenues

Keep safety in your New York car rental in mind

Don’t let your safe driving habits slip. Even though there won’t be construction happening in these areas, you’ll want to use the same safe driving habits in your New York car rental that you’d use in construction zones. With embargoes for events like these, there are often hundreds of pedestrians milling about.

Remember also that fines for speeding in construction zones are considerably high in New York. Speeding fines are doubled, and you’ll get as many as 4 points deducted.

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Take a Ride Back in Time: NYC’s Yellow Taxis Return

It’s become a modern trend to reminisce on retro times and fashions when life just seemed … simpler. With the return of vintage clothing styles, a new love for old movies, and a yearning to revisit a culture that felt less corrupt than ours, everyone is turning their heads to the good ol’ days. Though you may not have to worry about getting many taxis if you’ve got your trusty New York car rental, there are two vintage cabs that have been brought out of storage to drive you back in time. Two classic cabs have returned to the Big Apple: The Checker, and the DeSoto. Read on to find out where you can find these cabs when rolling around the city in your New York car rental.

A Classic Symbol of NYC

The checker cab has become known as a classic symbol of the Big City. With a big yellow hood and checkered stripes around the sides you’d recognize this cab from a mile away. These are the cabs that show up in all the old movies.

Unfortunately, the fate of these vehicles was not to stay on the roads forever. Originally found in Kalamazoo, Michigan by creators Check Motors, the company ended the production of these cars in 1982. A mere 18 years later, the last checker cab left the streets of New York.

Interestingly, many of these cabs were painted in colors other than yellow. Up until 1967, that is. It was in that year that New York law declared all checker cabs be painted a uniform, eye-catching yellow.

Besides the vivid colour, pedestrians could also know which cars to hail by the signs on the roof of the vehicle. With the two light up signs, “Off Duty” and “On Radio Call”, pedestrians could know which cars would drive them to their destination and which ones to leave be.

It’s unfortunate that these cars are no longer on the road. Not only are they classic and easy to spot, but they are also fabulously spacious inside. There’s definitely no cramming in when you’re taking a drive in one of the traditional yellow checker. Seating as many as 6 customers, with two pop-up jump seats in the back, it’s both economical and comfortable. However, there’s no way you’d find jump seats like that in any contemporary cabs or New York car rental. Nowadays there are tighter restrictions in safety laws.

The DeSoto Luxury Cab

Up until 1961 when the brand ceased to produce new vehicles, the checker cabs had competition with the DeSoto luxury taxis. The DeSoto, painted butter yellow and fire engine red, was a huge vehicle with plenty of space inside for premium taxicab comfort.

As an added bonus, if you were a lucky pedestrian who happened to come across the “Skyview” light on the cab, you’d get a spectacular view of the city while being taken to your destination. A select few of these cabs had these see-through roofs, which offered sights of the skyscrapers drifting by.

Like the checker cabs, the DeSoto contains two jump seats that fold up to offer extra green leather accommodation. Fitting a whopping 8 passengers, this cab certainly could get you from point A to point B in comfort and style.

It’s sad, in a way, that these cabs will never be back in service in New York. But it may also be for the best – the checker and DeSoto are certainly no friend of the environment. It may be wise to stick to your New York car rentals, and leave the gas-guzzlers on memory lane.

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Top Camping Sites to Take Your NYC Van Rental

Spring is here, and though it’s not quite warm enough for camping season to truly begin, you’ll want to prepare in advance to avoid missing out on this American past time. Besides, what better way to use your NYC van rental than packing it up for a trip in nature?

New York isn’t just about being a bustling urban center. If you have a NYC van rental, you’re certainly not limited to the city life. Here are some of the best campgrounds around the Big Apple. Now that you know about them so early, you can make sure to get a reservation before the grounds fill up for the summer.

Clarence Fahnestock State Park

For a mere $19 a night per tent in one of the 80 campsites, this is an affordable adventure for any NYC resident or visitor. With 14,000 acres alongside Canopus Lake, there’s plenty of space for you to get off the campsite and explore nature. The campsite also organizes Saturday-night movies and hiking excursions. You can rent rowboats for an adventure on the water. If you have a state permit for hunting and fishing, you can enjoy one of these outdoor activities as well.

Croton Point Park

If you don’t want to worry about dragging your tents along in your NYC van rental or go through the hassle of setting your tent up, try Croton Point Park. The site offers areas for tents and also provides six-person cabins for rent for prices of $55 to $90 a night if you have a park pass. Otherwise, the cabins are from $75 to $120 without a park pass. For a more inexpensive experience, you can get a tent site for $30 per night with a pass, or only $50 per night if you don’t have a pass.

The site is located on the Hudson River. There’s picnicking spots, swimming areas, and hiking. There are wineries around the Westchester County campground for the adults to enjoy. Also, there’s the all ages Croton Point Nature Center for the whole family.

Floyd Bennett Field

If you don’t want to take your NYC van rental too far out of the city, try the Floyd Bennett Field. This park used to be an airport before it was transformed into a national park and campground. Each campsite has a fire pit and picnic table so you don’t have to eat raw food in folding chairs.

For three nights, each campsite is only $50. Be aware that you’ll have noise from JFK airports so make sure this doesn’t bother you too much!

Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campgrounds

For slightly more money, you can enjoy a hassle-free camping experience. At $68 a night, owner Dick Malouf will set up your campsite for you. Tents are pitched on platforms to keep you away from the cold ground. Tarps cover the fire pits to protect from the rain. There’s also a “chow box” provided by the site that contains cooking supplies and silverware, and to keep you entertained, a deck of cards. Though you certainly won’t have to worry about fitting your food supply in your NYC van rental, you can buy meat and vegetables on the campground to keep things fresh.

One of the best parts is that while Malouf sets up your site, you’ll be sent on a well mapped out hike. The hike ranges from 30 minutes to five hours, depending on your endurance. Sites are spaced apart nicely so you don’t have to worry about dealing with noise and disturbances from other campers.

If you don’t need all the fancy camp qualities, you can also pay $43 for a “primitive site”. Either way you go, Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campgrounds truly is an oasis away from the city.

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Embracing NYC’s Graffiti Culture

New York City is a booming metropolis and cultural center of the world. There’s no avoiding art in this city – it’s everywhere you turn, around every corner, along streets driven down in your NYC van rental, and in the most surprising of spaces. You may not have seen graffiti as an art form before, but once you learn more about the graffiti culture in the Big Apple, you may think differently. Graffiti turns New York into a vibrant backdrop for your travels. Graffiti artists take their job very seriously, and do it well. In our modern day culture, they’re respected contributors to cultural production.

Still not convinced? Read on to find out more about NYC’s graffiti culture. You’ll certainly come to appreciate the art so much more when you see it as you drive past in your NYC van rental.

The Great White Fleet

Graffiti has always had an interesting relationship with government officials. In the 1970s, graffiti came to be known as signs of rebellion against the city officials. They were acts of outburst that showed authority had lost control. From there, Mayor John Lindsey took it as his responsibility to rid the city of graffiti. With his anti-graffiti task force, Mayor Lindsey made the creation of graffiti a criminal offense.

Fortunately for New York’s graffiti culture, the task force did not succeed. Though they created the “Great White Fleet” by painting over the graffiti on 7,000 subway cars with stark white paint. However, this didn’t dissuade New York’s artists. In fact, they were thrilled to find the subway cars had been turned into blank canvases waiting for new paint.

The “Berlin Wall”

Next, Mayor Ed Koch brought in the Western version of the “Berlin Wall”. Mayor Koch decided that criminalizing the act was not enough of a deterrent. Instead, he decided to prevent graffiti with two barbed wire fences around every train yard, which were then guarded by a small army of German Shepherds. It wasn’t long before graffiti writers began to use food to distract the guard dogs and used wire cutters to break through the fences. There’s no doubt that the graffiti writers were determined!

Next, David Gunn hit the scene to clean up New York in 1984. With a track record of swiping the trains clean in DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Boston, New York’s mayors felt confident that he could do the job while president of the New York City Transit Authority.

After 5 years of removing trains from the lines to repair and update them, and taking away trains with graffiti from the rails regardless of the time of day, it seemed like Gunn succeeded. On May 12, 1989, the city declared victory.

Their victory is only partially true. Graffiti still paints the trains, but now officials clean the cars off before they leave the yard. Of course, social media tracks this art and keeps it alive digitally.

See graffiti in your NYC van rental

Of course, you can still find graffiti as you drive through the streets in your NYC van rental. These continue to be acts of rebellion, and signs of an eternal passion for public art. Though many may not see graffiti as a legitimate art form, graffiti writers actually spend years perfecting their craft, the same as any other artist.

In fact, one graffiti artist decided to make his art even more accessible. During the winter of 2015, “Faust”, an anonymous graffiti writer, traveled around New York to grace the snow-covered city with art. He wrote sayings that suit the snowy surroundings on cars to bring art into everyone’s life.

Don’t let your preconceived notions of graffiti influence your opinion when you spot graffiti on the buildings around your NYC van rental. Try to appreciate the works and think of New York as a vast museum.

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Best Family Picnic Spots to Take Your NYC Van Rental

When you’ve got the whole family packed into the NYC van rental, you’re always going to be looking for things to do to entertain everyone. New York is full of possibilities, activities, and sites to see. There’s no end of fun in NYC, but there is an end to your bank account. New York activities can get expensive, especially when you’re paying for a whole family. You may be saving on great deals with NYC van rental, but why not stretch the budget a little more with some cost cutting measures? More importantly, why not leave the indoors and get back to nature a little in the vast expanse of Central Park.

Though you certainly want to enjoy the incredible culinary culture of the Big Apple, you can turn your trip into one of relaxing and serene outdoor activities. Now that the spring is finally here, settle down outdoors for a fun family picnic. Throw a basket in the back of your NYC van rental and drive over to one of these great picnic spots around New York. There are a few outside Central Park that you may not have known existed.

Pelham Bay Park

If you thought Central Park was huge, you should see Pelham Bay Park. Triple the size of Central Park, you’ll catch great vistas of Long Island Sound’s shoreline while walking along the paths and trails before settling on a picnic spot.

Not only is this park incredibly beautiful, it is also historical. The land is the site of Ann Hutchinson, the Siwanoy Native Americans, and the Continental Army. In its current state, the park contains habitats for a variety of plants and animals that your kids will love to learn about.

Alley Pond Park

Take your NYC van rental out to Queens to find Alley Pond Park for an experience among nature on 600 acres. Eat your lunch next to one of the freshwater or saltwater wetlands, in the lush nature of the meadows, near the tidal flats, or under the verdant canopy of the forests.

If you’re an active family who loves to play some good ol’ fashioned ball, bring a bat and baseball to enjoy the ball fields. If you want something that explores nature a little more, take a journey on some of the trails around the Environmental Center. It’s a great chance to exercise your legs after driving around in your NYC van rental.

Moses Mountain

While you certainly won’t find Moses on this Staten Island park, you will find large green spaces to set up camp on. The 15-mile mountain makes a great hiking trail for your family if you’re ready for a little test of endurance. From the top of this mountain, you can take in the harbor vista for a serene appreciation of nature.

Prospect Park

Since you have the NYC van rental, you can take your picnic anywhere you want. Travel out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, which spans across more than 90 acres of land. The park itself is made entirely of meadows plentiful with wildlife and plants. For a hike after your picnic, take your pick from 4 trails that stretch 2.5 miles.

Randall’s Island Park

If you want to get a little fancier with your picnics, bring your NYC van rental to Randall’s Island 273-acre park. The south side of the site boasts grilling zones so you can cook a more complex meal. With leafy green paths for walking, take a visit to Mother Nature.

On the island, you’ll discover an urban farm that grows 20 vegetable beds where you can shop for fresh vegetables to add to your lunch. The soil in the beds themselves are composed of composted materials, which offer a more sustainable picnic experience.

For a roomy trip around the Big Apple with plenty of space for your picnic materials, book your NYC van rental from Action today.

Join the Car Community at New York’s Auto Shows

New York is known for its efficient public transit, crazy cabs, expensive parking, and infuriating traffic jams. Of anywhere else in the world, the Big Apple seems like the last place you’d find car nuts hidden in the woodworks. In that case, you’ll be surprised to find out that there’s a significant crowd of New Yorkers who love their automobiles, and enjoy auto shows as a weekend hobby. While a good number of these shows are a little outside of NYC itself, they’re certainly within driving distance in your car rental New York.

If you’re a visiting car fanatic, or if you’re a local who loves cars but wants to avoid ownership, then take your car rental New York to a couple of New York’s auto shows to bask in the beauty of other people’s toys. Here are a couple of New York auto and trade shows that you may be able to catch this November.

The Empire State Plaza Fall New Car Auto Show

On November 7, 2014 check out the Empire State Plaza Fall New Car Auto Show. With over 30 manufacturers, you’re sure to see a wide variety of automobile excellence. This show is the largest new car auto show in the area. This is a great place to compare cars if you’re looking to buy, or to just admire the technology and style of new models. It takes place at The Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany, New York.

Admission is free of charge, so all you need to worry about is waking up to get to the 9:00 am start time with your car rental New York. The site has plenty of parking for your car rental New York that comes at a flat rate of $5 for Saturday and Sunday, and after 4 pm on Thursday and Friday. Before 4 pm on Thursday and Friday, a spot in the lot is a meagre $2 per hour.

The 35th Annual Parts Peddler Trade Show

Taking place on November 21 to 23, the Parts Peddler Trade Show and Auction is great for any person who is interested in racing cars. This show opens in the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Ticket prices vary based on the number of days you’d like to attend. For 1 day, tickets are $15, for 2 they go to $25, and for 3 days you’ll only be paying $30 – which is your best deal, if you want to get as much automotive action at the auction before heading back to the Big Apple in your car rental New York.

This show will be boasting brand new models and race car body exhibits that will become some of the fastest racing vehicles of 2015. Even if you’re not a racer yourself, wandering through this exhibit will spark some excitement in any car lover.

Don’t miss out on NY’s 115th International Auto Show

New York’s 115th Annual International Auto Show is coming up on April 3 to 12, 2015, but you don’t want to wait until it’s too late to buy tickets. Plan ahead, and pick up your tickets now to avoid missing out on this incredibly fun-filled event. The NY International Auto Show was the first to exist in North America, and remains the largest show of its kind to this day. The show takes place in the Jacob Javits Convention Center 11th Avenue.

The International Auto Show has group tour options for both adult groups and families to make sure you see every exhibit. There is also the Camp Jeep Outdoor Off Roading Ride Along, the Toyota Fuel Cell Ride Along, and the EV Pavilion Ride Along options. Other events include Automotive Career Fair for students, a “Ladies Tour”, the opening and closing ceremonies, and the Dub Show Tour for custom and exotic vehicles. Of course, the show room is always open to let ticket-carriers see the gorgeous exhibits of automotive brilliance.

Book your car rental New York from Action today to plan your trips to New York’s auto shows.