Most of the time, you do just fine without a car. But…maybe the weather is lousy, or you have to do just a little more shopping than you can carry, or maybe you don’t feel like braving the weekend trains.
car2go might be the answer. Since the service launched in 2014, New York has been the fastest-growing car2go city, with 550 smart fourtwo vehicles and 45,000 members. There’s no monthly fee ($0.41 per minute of driving pays for fuel, parking, insurance and maintenance) and right now car2go is offering free registration. New members who use the promo code C2G15 will receive free membership (regularly $35) and 15 minutes of free drive time.
So the question is, where will you take your car2go this summer? One-way trips can start and end anywhere in the 44-square-mile Home Area, so possibilities abound (the most popular destinations are Astoria and Williamsburg, not the easiest to access with the N, R or L trains). We’ve got a few ideas…
Trekking it to Coney Island on a sunny morning is a New York rite of passage. But back home? After a day spent ogling fish at the aquarium, scaring yourself silly on the Cyclone, and getting sunburnt on the boardwalk, grab a nearby car2go and get home with no fuss.
You’ve spent the morning spring cleaning and nothing will reward your long-suffering apartment more than some fresh lavender from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. But the 2 train isn’t running. Or the 5. Hop in a car and reward yourself with a pastry while you’re at it.
Rainy days are perfect for museums, and Queens is chock full of them. Start out at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, and hit up the Socrates Sculpture Park during a break in the clouds. After driving to Astoria for Greek food, finish up at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Williamsburg = shopping. Whether you’re looking for jewelry from Verameat or books from Spoonbill & Sugartown, you don’t want to waste time getting there. Leave your car2go in the ‘Burg, and shop ’til you drop.
So hop to it. New members can use the promo code C2G15 to snag free membership (saving $35) AND 15 minutes of free drive time. When more people sign up for car-sharing, it reduces the number of vehicles on the road, so you’re doing a good deed. Sign up before June 19th for car2go with promo code C2G15, and get down to the business of enjoying the summer.