The New York International Auto Show returns to NYC this Friday. New Yorkers and plenty of tri-state autophiles will pack the Javits Center to admire new cars, trucks and concept vehicles.
While many take to the auto show for inspiration on what next car to purchase, New Yorkers may not be seeing themselves behind the wheel of a 2016 Camp Jeep.
If you're looking at your dream car and fantasizing about speeding down Fifth Ave. in shiny new wheels, take a few moments to remember why New Yorkers are some of the lucky few who don't need to rely on cars.
1. A Metrocard is much cheaper than a car payment
While most Americans rely on cars to take them between work, school, home and pretty much everywhere else they need to go, New Yorkers have one of the best transportation systems in the world. Sure, we're grumbling about the 30-day Metrocard increase to $116.50, but a car payment that low seems pretty impossible. Plus, we don't have to insure our Metrocards nor do we have to take them in for an oil change.
2. Think of all the money you're saving on gas!
All that Seamless your Midwestern friends are judging you for Instagramming? Remind them the last time you swiped your credit card at a gas station: never.
And don't forget all the money you're saving on tolls! Going from borough to borough for a $2.75 MTA ride sounds a lot better than a $14 one-way bridge toll.
3. We have a good excuse to be lazy
New Yorkers are known busybodies, but sometimes it's just nice to sit back in your tiny apartment and relax. Sorry you can't pick up your brother from the airport, drive car pool or help a friend move -- no car! Plus, it only makes sense to rely on grocery, laundry and pretty much any other type of delivery that makes life a little easier.
4. Did we mention no car pools?
While NYC parents have enough to put up with, packing other parents' kids into your car for weekly rides isn't part of that.
5. And no designated drivers!
Can you imagine making someone stay 100% sober all night so he or she can drive you home at the end of a crazy night on the Lower East Side? While we know not all members of the party need to get drunk for a good time, having alternative methods of getting home safely without relying on a D.D. is a huge plus.
6. With fewer cars on the road, there's more room for Mr. Softee!
That's just a fact.
7. Plus, we can carry fewer keys
You're probably already handling an outside door key or two, an apartment key and a mailbox key, along with plenty of the other random keys New York apartment dwellers need on a daily basis -- do you really want to carry a set of bulky car keys as well? We'll keep our pockets slim with a single Metrocard, thanks.
8. And looking for parking is the worst
If you've driven in NYC, you probably know how impossible it is to find street side parking, avoid meters and be on top of street cleaning schedules. And when you finally do find that spot, cross your fingers that your car will be fine. Private garages and parking spaces cost small fortunes, more than many NYC apartments. While we're not going to deny a car makes a great extra closet, lack of space itself in New York is reason enough to not splurge for the SUV. Next time you're tempted to purchase a new set of wheels, take a walk around and look for where you'd park your shiny new car... Yeah, we thought so.
9. When you do want to drive, there are enough cars in NYC for you
Everyone has that friend of a friend with an elusive New York City car. Beyond that, there are plenty of car share programs like Zipcar and Car2Go for when you're ready for a road trip... or a quick visit to IKEA.