New York City is full of must-do holiday events, with plenty of Christmas cheer to go around and a number of popular shows and attractions that draw visitors every year. Mark your calendars with these can’t-miss events!
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
While the streets are sure to be crowded with tourists, seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an iconic part of a New York Christmas. Even if you miss the lighting ceremony in early December, the tree itself is a sight to behold.
Is there anything more quintessentially Christmas than the Rockettes’ yearly performance at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Pick a date night to go see the live show at the Radio City Music Hall.
5th Avenue Window Displays
Nothing speaks to the NYC Christmas experience more than a stroll down 5th Avenue, where local businesses’ window displays go above and beyond your average Christmas decor.
Holiday Market at Union Square
From the moment it opens in mid-November until Christmas Eve, the Holiday Market offers unique handmade gifts from local vendors and artisans.
Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens
You’ve never seen model trains like the ones at the New York Botanical Gardens around the holidays. Handcrafted miniature landmarks comprise over 175 well-known locations in NYC, with model trains touring the set.
We here at Wantagh Mazda wish you and your family a happy holiday season.
If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day, here are some Long Island restaurants that offer their own Thanksgiving specials. Making Thanksgiving reservations can be a fun and low-stress way for the family to enjoy the holiday.
A miniature shopping village and holiday lights await you in Jericho, where Milleridge Inn provides adult and kids’ Thanksgiving meals when you make a reservation and pay ahead.
Known for its traditional Italian-style menu, Galleria also offers Thanksgiving foods on the holiday itself. If you’re going Black Friday shopping, the restaurant is also a quick jaunt away from the Roosevelt Field Mall.
Head to Main Street in Mineola to taste Davenport Press’ three-course Thanksgiving meals, where kids get the same food as adults in smaller portion sizes. Make sure to make reservations in advance!
Head to this restaurant, centrally located in the midst of a shopping district, for seasonal favorite foods in close proximity to all your holiday shopping needs.
The Mill Pond House
It’s a little more of a drive to get to Centerport from Wantagh, but Mill Pond House is located right on the shoreline, providing excellent scenery as a backdrop to a delectable and diverse a la carte menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.
From our family at Wantagh Mazda to yours, have a great Thanksgiving.
photo by LuAnn Snawder
We fully admit our biased love of all things Long Island here at Wantagh Mazda, but we don’t think we’re just being blinded by our affection for our hometown when we say that Halloween on Long Island is unlike any other in the country. Just take a look at a few of the spooktacular Halloween haunts you can check out right here with your family this year:
Enchanted Forest Trail
Families are encouraged to don their costumes and head over to the Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Walk the paths with your young-ones and stumble into a delightful array of forest characters and activities. There are even games taking place in the parking lot.
Halloween in the Plaza
Pop over to Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 AM for their annual blow-out Halloween Bash. At Halloween in the Plaza, you can march in the costume parade at 11:00, trick-or-treat around the plaza all day, do the monster mash with the live DJ, and more.
The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating
We’re not sure a bad neighborhood exists for trick-or-treating on Halloween on Long Island, but we have a few favorites: Bay Shore, Syosset, Sayville, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson.
We here at Wantagh Mazda wish you and your crew a spirited Halloween season.
With the debut of the Mazda Kai, a sporty hatchback first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last October and then at the New York Auto Show this March, Mazda is rolling out an all-new design direction after its extremely successful use of the Kodo Soul of Motion design language.
When Ikuo Maeda, the current head of design at Mazda, took over the position in 2009, he dedicated himself to creating unique design language that quickly created incredible brand recognition worldwide and bolstered Mazda’s reputation for premium-quality vehicles.
Now, nearly a decade later, the design genius, nicknamed “Speedy” for his fast driving, is introducing the new “Speed of Light” Single Motion design language to emphasize the sporty, aerodynamic fluidity of Mazda vehicles.
Mazda Single Motion diverges from the Soul of Motion’s recognizable “Double Motion” design, removing sharp edges in favor of smooth, fluid surfaces. This artistically-driven reshaping will allow the Kai, as well as future Mazda vehicles incorporating this design language, to highlight the way light and shadow reflect on the vehicle.
The Kai concept doesn’t have an official release date yet, but we can be sure that Mazda plans to roll out the Single Motion design language in its other vehicles over the next several years. Mazda has always been at the forefront of innovative engineering and design, exemplified by Kodo Soul of Motion and its SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, and Single Motion’s sleek, futuristic style is years ahead of Mazda’s industry counterparts. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can’t wait to see what the brand introduces next.
Enjoy what’s left of summer with the best outdoor activities on or near Long Island. From spending time with family and friends or finding something for date night, there’s something for everyone.
Clocking in at 265 acres and 6,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. The animals are kept in natural environments, and guests are made to feel as if they are hiking through woods as opposed to walking in a zoo.
This beach and boardwalk located in Queens is a hot spot year-round for locals and tourists alike. It’s also New York’s only legal surfing beach!
There are a variety of different cruises and boating experiences people can have off the coast of Montauk, from leisurely midday sailing tours to stargazing events.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Observe the natural environments of Long Island and educate yourself about the history of the area’s Native American population. There’s even an interactive woodland village onsite, along with gardens that attract local birds and butterflies.
Discovery Museum’s Adventure Park
Located not too far away in Connecticut, the Adventure Park offers zip lines and fun climbing experiences through courses configured by rope, cable, and wood. Keep your eyes out for special events like Glow in the Park.
If you need a stylish vehicle to get you to these outdoor attractions, come check out our lineup at Wantagh Mazda.
Do you love Long Island, but sometimes hate driving in the area? At Wantagh Mazda, we are right there with you. Here are a few ways you can de-stress and make the most of your time spent behind the wheel on beautiful Long Island.
- Avoid driving west in the morning. West takes you toward the city, which just so happens to be where everyone with four wheels is heading at that time of day.
- Avoid driving east in the afternoon and early evening. By this time the commuters are on their way home from the city, and they’re in a rush to relax and watch a few episodes of something online. Stay out of their way and put off your east-bound night drive until moonrise.
- Pick the parkways. There are both parkways and expressways on Long Island, but only vehicles with passenger plates are allowed on parkways. This means less fumes, less rumbling trucks, and more easy-cruising for you – the perfect drive on Long Island!
- For east and west travel, take: Ocean Parkway, Montauk Highway, Sunrise Highway, NY Route 25 or 25A, and the Southern State Parkway.
- For north and south travel, take: Cross Island Parkway, Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway, Bethpage State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Nichols Road.
Next time it’s a beautiful night for a drive on Long Island, don’t hesitate to hop in your vehicle of choice. Enjoy the sea breeze and open road, and, as always, drive safe!
Since it first rolled out for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-3 has been a premium choice for drivers looking for a versatile subcompact SUV that delivers big on features and overall value. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the most appealing iteration of this popular SUV to date, boasting a stunning design and more exhilarating power than ever before.
Everywhere you look, the 2019 CX-3 offers interesting and striking new design details. On the front end, a new grille design compliments the lower bumper chrome accents. Around back, all-new LED signature taillights leave a lasting impression.
Inside, the 2019 CX-3 offers more high-end options than in previous years, including full-leather seat surfaces, complete with prominent stitching and pleated piping. Additionally, the 2019 CX-3 is equipped with new seats altogether, which are wider and firmer for additional support.
One of the most exciting changes coming to the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the retuned SKYACTIV-G® 2.0-liter engine, which will now deliver 148 horsepower and increased torque across the rpm range, with a maximum torque of 140 lb-ft.
Check in with Wantagh Mazda for more updates about the highly anticipated 2019 Mazda CX-3, set to arrive on dealership lots very soon.
When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, movie aficionados know to call a certain team of paranormal experts. However, if you’re looking for an up-to-date national resource for travelers, consider calling 511. While 911 is reserved for the police and 411 is a local directory, 511 is for real-time traffic information. Provided by the US Department of Transportation, the 511 traffic system is an unparalleled resource for most seasoned travelers.
According to the DMV, the 511 system will give you real-time information about road closures, accidents, detours, and even weather alerts. If you plan on driving up to Canada, you can learn about border crossing wait times, or you can even get ride-sharing details if you’d like to save some money on gas. Currently 35 states participate in the 511 system (perhaps one reason not everyone knows about it), so it’s a great resource for road trips out of state.
How does it work? Naturally you can simply dial 511 in New York; however, the state also offers other ways to access information. For instance, you can check the online 511 homepage for New York for live camera feeds. You can also use a smartphone app or check the state social media accounts, and you even sign up for My 511NY to get information about your daily commute. Just keep in mind to pull over before calling 511 if you’re on the highway.
Looking for the perfect vehicle for your traveling needs? Look no further than one of our vehicles at Wantagh Mazda.
Geneva’s Car Design Night is a gathering of some of the most futuristic concept cars that the automotive industry has to offer. This year was no exception, and the Mazda Vision Coupe concept car stole the show. It was named ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by a panel of judges.
The Mazda Vision Coupe concept made its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show back in October. It made another appearance at the recent 11th Car Design Night in Geneva and took home ‘Concept Car of the Year.’
“We are delighted once again to have Vision Coupe recognized with a global design award. And it’s truly an honor to have this model, which aims to express the essence of Japanese aesthetics, applauded by some of the world’s top car designers,” said Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Managing Executive Officer of Design and Brand Style.
Car Design News, an international car design publication, hosts Car Design Night. The publication puts together an 18-judge panel who vote on their favorite concept cars. Many of the judges work as design directors for major automakers.
The Mazda Vision Coupe winning the ‘Concept Car of the Year’ title follows another major award. The concept car took home ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the Paris Motor Show not too long ago.
While many concept cars are just for show and never head to production, that isn’t the case for the Mazda Vision Coupe. Ikuo Maeda confirmed that the Vision Coupe’s design will show up in the lineup beginning in 2019.
We hope to see it arrive at Wantagh Mazda very soon.
At Wantagh Mazda, our top priority is the satisfaction of our customers. That’s why we are overjoyed to announce that Wantagh Mazda has won the 2018 DealerRater Dealer of the Year award for Mazda in New York and the Consumer Satisfaction Award. We know a business is only as strong as the community in which it operates, which is why we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Long Island community.
DealerRater.com rates car dealerships based on real customer feedback. Because of this, it is a wonderful resource for customers looking to learn about a specific dealership before they shop, and it allows them to offer positive or negative feedback based on their experiences.
According to DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker, “Wantagh Mazda in New York has emerged as the leader among Mazda Dealers across the United States,” thanks to all of the tremendously positive feedback we have received from our customers. This level of enthusiasm from our customers not only lets us know we are achieving our goal of outstanding customer service, it also earned us the 2018 Consumer Satisfaction Award.
At Wantagh Mazda, we put family and community first and strive to create a fun, welcoming experience at our dealership, and we believe it is this down-to-earth sales philosophy that has won us these important awards for the fourth year in a row.
To see why Wantagh Mazda is so beloved, you can plan a trip of your own to our dealership.