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Important Things to Know when Renting a Car on the Cayman Islands

October 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are planning to look for car rentals on the Cayman Islands, there are some things that you should know before sealing the deal.


When you are booking your vacation, one of the first things that you’ll do is check out a list of all of the activities that the Cayman Islands has to offer. Also, make sure you it a priority to check out the different rates that car rental companies are offering. Not only are their prices important but their reliability and level of service should also be weighed in. Don’t end up choosing a company that charges you hidden fees or has contracts that make you read between the lines to find out their greedy intent.

Finding the right car hire in Grand Cayman shouldn’t be a burden. There are many reputable dealers that won’t look to scam you. Visiting popular travel forums will help point you in the right direction. Reading a post from someone who has had experience with a car rental company will give you an unbiased perspective that will further help you in deciding which one is right for you.

Choosing which car you should get depends on how many people you are travelling with. Most people just go with the cheapest rate and the most basic car. You’ll have the option to travel in luxury, but that all depends on what you prefer. Also note that some models might be a bit older at some firms. If that does come up to be an issue, just speak with a representative and inquire about which exact car you will be getting for use.

If you’re concerned about a possible accident occurring, check with your insurance policy to see whether or not you are covered internationally. Many policies do not include international coverage but it never hurts to ask.

Always check the policy before you sign it. There will be fees, obviously, but you’ll want to make sure that you’re not paying more than you should be. Make sure your car rental rep goes over the entire contract. Know the time when you have to return the car, the process for which an accident might occur, and any additional mileage fees.

The aim of your vacation is to travel easy and enjoy the many activities the island has to offer. Car rentals shouldn’t be a hassle and since it’s one of the first things that you’re going to need to take care of during your stay, start off on the right foot by choosing a hassle-free and cost-friendly company.
Andys Rent-A-Car has been serving visitors to the Cayman Islands for more than 15 years. A local family owned business, if you need to rent a car in Grand Cayman, visit Andy’s to find the best selection on the island.

The Bowery Arts Scene

October 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

New York sees a lot of newcomers every year, and many of those people bring cultures and ideas to the city with them. Those ideas contribute to the ever-growing nature of this place, which is why it’s such a fascinating place to have the privilege of living and working. One of the neighborhoods that has seen substantial growth since the 1990s has been the Bowery. Thanks to Grassroots efforts from groups like the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, the area has become a more attractive place to live.

One of the most obvious places to see this growth is in the expansion of the neighborhood art scene.

Just before the crash of 1929, perhaps still high on the optimistic roaring 20s, a club was built in the neighborhood called the Bowery Ballroom. Today, that Ballroom is home to some of the most prominent musical acts in America and is widely regarded as one of the hippest venues in the city. Most people don’t know that it stood vacant almost from the time it was built until World War II, when the space finally saw foot traffic when it became a high-end retail shop.

In 1984, Tony Goldman decided to pair with Jeffrey Deitch and the two real estate developers bought a space with a wall they intended to use for a mural project. Goldman wanted to give young artists in the city a space to showcase their work.

As gentrification grew, one of the side effects was the Bowery Poetry Club, which was formed at the corner of Bowery and Bleeker. In the mid 80s, it was the home of slam poetry. It closed briefly in 2012, but re-opened shortly after as a shared performance space.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.