Many industries have taken a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few can say to have been as strongly affected as the film industry. Because of social distancing guidelines, most movie theaters around the country have been closed since March.
While many plan to reopen by the end of July, going to the movies should still be seen as an unnecessary health risk. Fortunately, there’s a better alternative to the traditional movie-going experience: drive-in movie theaters.
Drive-in movie theaters were once extremely popular. They reached their heyday after World War II, with an estimated 5,000 theaters around the country in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. In 2020, only 306 drive-in theaters remain in operation in the United States.
In response to COVID-19, the film industry has had to adjust its approach to releasing films, and many studios have elected to release new pictures directly on digital platforms like Netflix. However, IMAX, Tribeca Enterprises, and AT&T have recently teamed up to create a summer movie program that will play a selection of new, classic, and independent films at drive-in theaters across the country.
“We’re excited to give people something to look forward to this summer and reinvent a classic movie-going experience for communities to enjoy together safely,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.
Could social distancing lead to the rise of a drive-in renaissance? Certainly, many outdoor gathering places that are currently unused could be converted into drive-in movie theaters. At Wantagh Mazda, our favorite drive-in theaters are the ISH Events’ Drive In & Outdoor Movies in Plainview and the Skyline Drive in NYC, which is perfectly positioned in Brooklyn to offer a lovely Manhattan skyline view while you enjoy your movie.
Wantagh Mazda wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer. Remember to contact us with all of your vehicular needs.
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 now comes standard with the advanced i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver-assist technology. This bundle includes smart technology like the Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting, High Beam Control, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control. It also boasts premium features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and Smart City Brake Support which can automatically engage the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of an accident.
The upper trims also offer new refinements. The Grand Touring now sports paddle shifters, while the Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature trims have a larger, 8-inch touch screen and a more powerful engine. While the 2019 Mazda CX-5 could deliver 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the 2020 model pumps out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to these updates, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities, along with available heated and ventilated front seats, Caturra Brown Nappa leather trim, and the Mazda Navigation System.
Want to experience the 2020 Mazda CX-5 for yourself? Schedule a test drive at Wantagh Mazda.
Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, the Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019 will feature the culinary creations of local vendors and food truck favorites. Of course, local breweries including Coney Island Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Barnshed Brewing. Two Roads Brewing Company and more will have their finest creations available, too. Once you have something to delicious to eat and something refreshing to drink, head over to the Smash Ping Pong Lounge and challenge your friends to a lawn-sized game of bucket pong, Connect Four or Jenga®. Kids are welcome, too, as the festival will debut its new kids zone and a range of craft vendors.
On Oct. 19-20, join approximately 150,000 of your closest friends at the “East Coast’s largest waterfront festival,” The Oyster Festival. Held in Oyster Bay, Long Island, the festival will feature a huge food court, pirate shows, family-friendly activities, a car show and amusement rides.
To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fall festival fun, schedule a maintenance check at Wantagh Mazda.
The 2019 Mazda6 recently earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS rates various vehicles in the industry based on six facets of crashworthiness, from front crash prevention to headlight visibility. The Mazda6 safety features give it great scores, due in part to the innovative design and the high-tech features offered on the 2019 model year.
According to The News Wheel, vehicles must earn “Good” in four of the six categories to become and IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Mazda6 earned “Good” and “Superior” scores in a variety of situations, the strongest of which was front crash prevention. Using driver assist technology, the Mazda6 can slow your vehicle in the event of an imminent crash to reduce damage.
The 2019 Mazda6 safety features include curve-adaptive LED projector headlights to change direction slightly based on where you’re steering. Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go technology uses cameras and sensors to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle up ahead. This tool makes long-distance drives a bit easier, so you can relax more behind the wheel. There’s also an optional 360-degree view monitor to expand your range of vision when navigating the car into tight parking spaces.
Test-drive the 2019 Mazda6 for yourself when you stop by Wantagh Mazda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.