I think the SmartCar folks are trying to suck me into their cult. The following three items are from "Issue 15" of their newsletter. (Regarding the parking incentive, I doubt I will ever use it. One of the advantages of owning this car is wedging it into a tiny streetside parking space that no one else can negotiate).
NYC parking specials for the smart fortwo
The smart fortwo was built for cities around the world. Its small size allows urban dwellers to easily maneuver heavily congested streets and squeeze into the tightest of parking spots. People are starting to take notice of those customers who make responsible vehicle choices like the smart fortwo, especially as an urban solution.
Recently in New York City, Meyers Parking, the owner of parking garages near popular Manhattan attractions, has reduced its parking prices by 50% for smart fortwo owners. If you live in the tri-state area you can enjoy reduced parking rates at the following locations:
Madison Square Garden Area
218 W. 31st Street/225 W. 30th Street (between 7th and 8th)
340 W. 31st Street (between 8th and 9th)
323 W. 34th Street/334 W. 35th Street (between 8th and 9th)
141 W. 43rd Street/146 W. 44th Street (between 6th and Broadway)
Empire State Building/Midtown
9 W. 35th Street/12 W. 36th Street (between 5th and 6th)
Upper East Side
154 E. 87th Street (between 3rd and Lexington)
fashion fleet: the ultimate urban trunk show
Club Monaco, a global fashion brand, and smart USA are collaborating to bring inspiration and design to the urban professional with the launch of FASHION FLEET: The Ultimate Urban Trunk Show. The fleet showcases a caravan of chic Club Monaco designed smart fortwos and fall fashion, courtesy of Club Monaco.
The Club Monaco smart fortwos, ten in total, will feature images from the newly launched Fall 2008 Club Monaco Campaign as well as the brand’s iconic black and white crest. The Fall Collection and campaign were inspired by the idea of the downtown aristocrat who brings uptown elegance a downtown flare.
The partnership will launch during Fashion Week in New York City with the ultimate urban trunk show. Club Monaco designed smart fortwo vehicles will cruise New York City streets making stops at the landmark Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week locales. 75 lucky New Yorkers will receive gift bags with iconic pieces from Club Monaco’s Fall Collection at each stop, including cashmere scarves, sunglasses from the newly launched collection, statement jewelry and small Italian leather goods.
The ultimate urban trunk show will debut on Sunday, September 7 in the Meatpacking District and will continue with stops in SoHo, Wall Street, the Flatiron District, Midtown and Bryant Park on Monday and Tuesday during peak lunch-time hours. In addition, Club Monaco’s 57th Street Store window will be dedicated to the partnership throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featuring a unique design and one of the Club Monaco designed smart fortwos.
The Club Monaco and smart USA collaboration generates a design philosophy that marries functionality and style; tradition and modernity. The result is a dynamic partnership that is not limited by age, price or location. It’s about iconic style.
New York/New Jersey Lookout
The smart owners group from the New York and New Jersey area just had their second meeting at the State Line Lookout at beautiful and scenic Palisades, NJ overlooking the Hudson River. Ten smart owners made the trip to celebrate their unique cars at the state border. The owners showed off their radios, antennas, cargo organizers and vanity plates - everything that makes them enthusiastic about their new smart fortwo.