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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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Liam from East Village says:
Great, park your scooters on the sidewalks, block pedestrian passage, and then get a fat ticket for it, raising the city money! Can't wait.
July 8, 2009, 11:02 am
Bob from Park Slope says:
hay Liam, why the sarcasm? im all for anything that is healthier for my kids, and with an avg of 100 mpg! that's 5 times better then the best hybrid out there. besides, the Europeans have had this trend as normal transportation for the last 40 years and they have made out just fine with their neighbors. have a cold lemonade and chill, would ya?
July 8, 2009, 11:11 am
mike from gp says:
yeah, "at one with brooklyn", spewing fumes and noise in everybody's face!

"Oh, and you can park it almost anywhere". Actually, no, you can't.
July 8, 2009, 11:28 am
JTS from Shaw (in DC) says:
Or, you could ride a bike! All the benefits of a scooter, plus no need to pay registration/license fees, you never need any gas (Scooters get 150/gal? Bikes get infinity/gal!), and you never pollute or make excessive noise. I say "meh" to scooters.
July 8, 2009, 12:40 pm
Chaim from Scoot NY Scooter shop says:
FYI correction. Just want to let you guys know that the number to the shop is 718.596.7770
July 8, 2009, 1:36 pm
Sam from Pslope says:
I was under the impression scooter actually polluted more than cars since they don't have a catalytic converter....
July 8, 2009, 3:15 pm
Jeff from park slope says:
It seems like scooters can be part of a better city. Anything that helps rid us of the notion that one adult = one car is a step in the right direction.

Plus scooters can be a great companion to cycling.
In Europe there is much more on-street bicycle parking because of the facilities shared by both modes. Plus anyone who has been passed by a scooter while riding a bike knows how much more space they give you than even a small car.
July 8, 2009, 5:28 pm

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