Summer Activities in New York City

Summer Festivals in New York

New York City is always and exciting place to be. However, there is something special about summertime. If you are looking for some good fun in the next few months, we have some suggestions for summer activities in New York. Be sure to take your Mazda for some great summer driving, too.

MoMA PS1 Warm Up

If you love live music and hitting the dance floor, be sure to head to the annual MoMA PS1 Warm Up party. This festival is so big, it takes place every week through Aug. 31. To join in the fun, visit the MoMA PS1 courtyard every Saturday night. You can buy tickets in advance for $18.

SummerStage Music

All summer long, you can enjoy free music in Central Park via the The SummerStage main stage located at Rumsey Playfield. The SummerStage series runs through Sept. 24 with events happening almost every day. This includes free concerts, live theater, opera, ballet, and dance parties.

Ample Hills Creamery

Beat the heat with a cool ice cream cone from Ample Hills Creamery. They have a rotating offering of 24 flavors that range from tradition to decadent. This ice cream parlor is located at 623 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn.

Street Fairs

Summertime means street fairs all across the city. Choose from a seemingly endless list of options for delicious street food and live performances.

Contact us at Wantagh Mazda for more ways to celebrate the season. Or ask us about our newest Mazda models, if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these dynamic activities.  

New Mazda Vehicles Aimed at Luxury Market

2019 Mazda CX-5 Interior

Mazda has long retained a loyal following over the years. The brand’s consistency and focus is a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry with so many ups and downs. For years, Mazda has been a reliable source of affordable, fun-to-drive vehicles. New Mazda vehicles are becoming options that take the brand in a new direction: the luxury market.

 

The transition has been slow and meticulous. Mazda’s goal is not only to appeal to new demographics, but to grow with their old fan base, too. As millennials get better jobs and begin to earn more spare cash, Mazda wants to offer these loyal enthusiasts new premium options that compete with high-end brands such as BMW and Audi.

 

A few of these options can already be seen making waves. All 500 of the brand’s MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Editions sold out the same day it debuted in Chicago. Additionally, many vehicles in the Mazda lineup now offer a range-topping “Signature” trim with amenities ranging from Nappa leather to wood accents.

 

Does this mean new Mazda vehicles will only be available at higher price points? Of course not. The company’s aim is to keep producing the kind of vehicles longtime fans love while also offering luxury at a more affordable price point.

 

You can get many of these upscale models here at Wantagh Mazda. Visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we offer.

Explore the Night Sky This Summer with Elmo and Friends at Big Bird’s Adventure

Families in Long Island have multiple opportunities this spring and summer to catch Big Bird, Elmo, and their visitor from China, Hu Hu Zhu, at the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show. This educational event takes place at the Vanderbilt Museum, where there’s plenty to see and do, so it’s a perfect family outing for a rainy day or for a hot summer afternoon.

During the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show, the familiar hosts of Sesame Street will explore the night sky in a way that’s fun and entertaining for younger audiences. During the show, audience members will learn about the moon, the sun, the Big Dipper, and the North Star.

Dates for this planetarium show run from April 19, 2019 to August 31, 2019. Tickets must be purchased in person on the day of the show. Each ticket includes admission to the planetarium, as well as general access to many other portions of the museum, like the Hall of Fishes, the Memorial Wing, the Nursery Wing, and the Habitat & Stoll Wing. The Vanderbilt Museum is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the spring, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so come early and spend some time exploring and learning!

If you need a new vehicle to get to the museum, consider a new Mazda model from Wantagh Mazda.

Mazda Builds More Crossovers with All-New Plants

2018 Mazda CX-3 - Crossovers

Crossovers are a rising star in an ever-changing car market, and Mazda is on top of its game. To make even more crossovers than before, Mazda is updating its production system by reformatting assembly plants.

Plants in North America are getting a revamp, including the Mazda factory in Mexico, which currently produces the Mazda2 subcompact and the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback. The factory in Mexico will be adding more vehicles to the production lineup in the future. Fingers crossed that a few crossovers will be added to that list!

An all-new assembly center is set to premiere soon, right here in the U.S.! This factory will be built in Alabama and is a joint operation between both Mazda and Toyota. This center is set to open in 2021, and will not only be producing current crossovers, but an all-new crossover as well, currently called the “CX-Secret.” In the past year alone, the U.S. saw an 18 percent increase in crossover sales, which means that the crossover is ready to take over!

The ultimate goal is for the majority of Mazda’s global factories to be able to produce any vehicle in the Mazda lineup. Akira Marumuto, Mazda Motor Corp.’s CEO, wants to achieve this goal in the next five to six years.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are excited to learn more about these upcoming Mazda models.

Mazda Named U.S. News’ Best Car Brand

2018 Mazda CX-5 Front View

Every year, U.S. News releases a list of the best auto brands on the market, giving consumers the low-down on what the best options in the industry are. This year, the number one spot for the Best Car Brand went to Mazda.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who have been reading the list every year. Mazda has been the winner for the past three years in a row, proving that quality outdoes quantity every time. U.S. News even mentions Mazda’s relatively small lineup is “comprised of top-notch vehicles,” going on to praise the brand for its unparalleled driving dynamics for a low price.

The three Mazda vehicles U.S. News cites as major factors in the publication’s decision-making process include the compact Mazda3, the Mazda6 midsize sedan, and, of course, the popular MX-5 Miata sports car. It’s a diverse pool of top picks. The Mazda3 now comes in sedan and hatchback variants with a fun driving performance and a luxe cabin, while the family-friendly Mazda6 has a long list of standard features including blind-spot monitoring and an 8-inch touchscreen. And, of course, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers high value, a fun driving experience, and amazing fuel economy as usual.

Having such a long list of award-winning, reputable vehicles for low price tags, it’s no wonder Mazda is U.S. News’ Best Car Brand of 2019. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are proud to carry such an incredible car brand.

Planning for Valentine’s Day? Check out These Most Romantic Spots in New York City

Valentine's Day Couple

Whether you’re just starting a relationship or celebrating a special anniversary, Valentine’s Day is a great time to check out something new in New York City. Not quite sure where to start? How about these most romantic places in New York?

Empire State Building

One of the best, affordable romantic date spots around, the top of the Empire State Building affords an iconic view of one of the most breath-taking cities in the world. If you’re going on Valentine’s Day, just remember to bring a jacket.

Carbone

Carbone is a classic New York restaurant. With a cozy yet energetic vibe, it’s also a perfect Valentine’s Day date spot and one of the most romantic restaurants around.

Buvette

For something a little different, check out Buvette on Grove St. This small, French restaurant is a sure to score you a ton of points with you date, especially if they enjoy the finer things in life.

Brooklyn Promenade

Short on cash but still intent on a romantic Valentine’s Day? Simply hit the Brooklyn Promenade for a romantic stroll. With striking skyline views and plenty to do in the surrounding area, the Brooklyn Promenade is a great way to spend time with someone special.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we wish you and your significant other a happy Valentine’s Day.

Mazda Announces the Return of Rotary Engines

Mazda has recently announced an upcoming offering on their 2020 vehicle lineup that is both new and a return to the past. Mazda plans to make use of a modern take on the Rotary engine, one of the earliest forms of internal combustion engines widely used in the early 1900s. Mazda will do this by installing Rotary engines as a range extender on their electric vehicles. Rotary engines were well known at the time of their most common use to be efficient and reliable for their size, but scaling up for more powerful vehicles proved difficult. As such, their use fell out of common practice.

Upscaling isn’t an issue when talking about a range extender for a mostly electric vehicle, so Mazda engineers have harnessed this reliability and flexibility and incorporated it into their upcoming model lineup. Also working for the Rotary engine’s favor is that they are nearly vibration free and have comparatively few moving parts compared to modern piston engines. The engine’s compact size also allows it to potentially be hidden away in a lower compartment along with the vehicle’s installed batteries.

By 2030, as part of their “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology development program, Mazda will have 95 percent of their vehicles as combustion-electric hybrids with the remaining 5 percent being purely electric.

To learn more about this new engine setup, contact our staff at Wantagh Mazda.

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Must-Do Holiday Events in New York City

Must-Do Holiday Events In New York City

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.

The Rockettes

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.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2018

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.

Milleridge Inn

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.

Galleria

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.

Davenport Press

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!

Seasons 52

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

How to Have a Hauntingly Happy Halloween on Long Island

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.