Motor scooters — those cool Vespa-like mini-Harleys that put the buzz in so many European cities — aren’t just convenient, they’re also Zen.
“When you’re driving a scooter, you’re at one with Brooklyn,” said Chaim Seewald, owner of ScootNY.
The six-week-old Downtown outlet features a lineup of motorized bicycles and scooters from four different brands (though none from the Italian giant Vespa). Seewald, a resident of Crown Heights, is touting their gas mileage (anywhere from 96 to 150 miles per gallon!) and their affordability (prices are $1,699 to $2,600).
Oh, and you can park it almost anywhere.
To Seewald, a scooter is the logical alternative to the subway, with its just-hiked fares.
“It’s cheaper [than a monthly pass] to actually finance one of our bikes,” said Seewald, “The more expensive the subway gets, the more ideal [having a scooter] is going to be.”
Since opening the store, Seewald says he has become more aware of Brooklyn’s community of scooter enthusiasts.
“It’s a lifestyle in a sense,” he said.
ScootNY [155 Prince St. between Fair St. and Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown, (718) 596-7770].
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