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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.