It’s 5:30 p.m. on a summer Thursday. You’ve got three glorious days ahead of you out east, upstate--anywhere other than the hotbox that is Lexington Avenue. But first, you have to fight an Avis attendant and drop hundreds of dollars on weird fees--only to get stuck with a compact jalopy.
Not anymore. Silvercar (a game-changing new rental concept) has arrived in NYC.
Here’s how it works: Download the app (for iPhone or Android) and make a reservation. When it’s time to leave town, head to the McCarren Hotel in Williamsburg (where Silvercar is popping up for the summer) and, on the app, alert the concierge once you’ve arrived. A silver Audi A4 sedan will pull around front. You scan a QR code on the dashboard and drive away right from there--no paperwork or disgruntled employees to deal with.
Each Audi is equipped with free GPS, Wi-Fi and satellite radio. And because this is a special summer pop-up for the brand, New York cars also come with water, snacks and magazines. Now here’s the really crazy part: It’s a flat $99 per day (unlike the nearly $200 minimum on most weekend rentals around town).
The pop-up ends Labor Day weekend, but we can’t imagine a permanent setup is far behind. Fingers crossed for ski season.
McCarren Hotel, 160 N. 12th St. (at Bedford Ave.); silvercar.com