Sunday, August 10, 2008

Where do you rent a car in NYC?

A little over a year ago, I wrote that Enterprise was getting a fleet of green cars. Looks like they haven't yet made it to the Enterprise that I use. Despite my near-obsession with Priuses, here's why I'll still be renting from the same Enterprise this summer.

With a baby, baby gear and various "stuff" in-tow this summer, our trip to Pennsylvania will be in a full-sized car. While I'll be happy for the cruise control, I know I'll have to pay for the luxury at the pump...

Momma Columbia hooks us up with an Entertainment Book coupon, which gives us 10% off. With this discount, let's how much a full size car would cost for the week at NYC Enterprises:

Brooklyn (My alma maters' 11205): $364
Queens (renting from my new job in Elmhurst):$377
Bronx (DW's old stomping grounds): $387
Manhattan (upper west and upper east): $416 (no discount available)

Then again, how does $257 for the same car sound? Here's my NY car rental advice: If you take the 1 train 242nd street, the Enterprise at 230 Mclean Avenue in Yonkers will pick you up at the station and charge nearly half their Manhattan counterparts. They've also dropped us off at the 4 train before, if that's a better train for you. We've been renting there for the past few years, and have found the $2 trip to get there a bargain, even if the time commitment is greater than walking to your local rental place.

Update based on the search above: The same car goes for $282 at LaGuardia, and that includes the airport fee! While the MTA to LaGuardia can be long and frustrating, it still might be worth it. Since the Yonkers enterprise is so small, choice of cars might make this a better option than Yonkers.

If you've rented a car in the city before, where have you gone? Do you pony up the $$ for the local convenience?

Summer Streets -- coming to an avenue near you!

(excerpt from the Summer Streets Website on

"NYC DOT and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 9, 16, & 23)."
I missed this yesterday, and will be away next week, so I'll have to live vicariously through the stories. Looks like bike helmets were fitted and given away(!!) yesterday. And if you never learned to ride a bike as a kid, there's a course for that too. Just as with street fairs or the loop in central park, there's something kind of magically fun about ambling down a paved street.

Why did I miss it yesterday? DD had her 5-month-iversary yesterday and we celebrated with a trip to the central park petting zoo.

More Info: Summer Streets Website
Article: City Will Close Five Miles of Manhattan Road to Car Traffic [NY Sun]