What’s half jack ‘o lantern half alien insect? It’s Dr James…

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What’s half jack lantern, half alien It’s Dr. James Malpeso’s car

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Dr. James Malpeso has flirted models so beautiful they make your head

But Porsche Carerras are now just a memory.

These days, the 6-1 is behind the wheel of a diminutive fortwo, a vehicle with all the power and control of a race and a whole lot cuter.

At first the front of Dr. Malpeso’s shiny blue and silver smart like half smiling ‘o lantern, and half insect. But upon further its pudgy exterior becomes of an adorable anomaly.

Irving Island Advance Dr. James pulls into the Staten University Hospital parking lot in Breeze behind the wheel of his car.

And though the smart stands out in the crowd around parts, they’re all the rage in where Dr. Malpeso first one for a spin on the Autostrada.

He tracked one down at a dealership in and went for a test drive.

The in Europe are more compact they are here, he explained, so he to make sure he would secure driving something so in a land of super-sized SUVs and trailers.

But with a solid cage and four air bags, Dr. said he feels perfectly inside the smart, which is of the Mercedes Car Group. It looks a … trap, but it’s not, he said.

He’s tooling around in his smart May, when he had it shipped the factory in France.

Psychologically, you like you’re in a regular Dr. Malpeso said on a recent And it’s true. Two people can fit quite comfortably with of headroom.

Until you turn your and there’s nothing there, he looking over his shoulder to the liftgate just inches

But unlike a regular car that lost among the Camrys, and Windstars on the road, the smart is a superstar on a Hollywood red carpet. slow down to watch, give a thumbs up — and ask

The smart pulls up to a traffic at Richmond Road and New Dorp A man in a big white commercial van beside it is an enthusiastic thumbs up. He rolls his down. What kind of is that? It’s so funny!

Dr. has no time to explain. The light green, and he’s off, down the street before to a smooth stop at the next

Strange looks and double-takes are the on the road in a smart. Even Island’s ubiquitous Hummer have been known to it.

They’re looking at me and giving me the up, Dr. Malpeso said. They don’t scare me.

Dr. Malpeso his way through medical school a cab. It’s that he said, that keeps him of his surroundings on the road, a skill comes in handy when behind the wheel of a vehicle not bigger than a refrigerator.

Up Four Corners Road, the three-cylinder, 71-horsepower turbo churns. With a 73.5-inch the car’s tiny tires curves with the nimbleness of a skiier.

Turning around on a side street, the smart no maneuvering. There’s no such as a K turn, Dr. Malpeso said. I do it all at

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Driving in the rain is no problem, but conceded that he’ll the smart at home if it snows.

of the time, he uses the car to drive home in Todt Hill and at Staten Island University in Ocean Breeze, where he as director of the Cardiac Catheterization But since his smart arrived, also taken road to Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania, to Island, and around Manhattan.

I’ve probably filled the up six times since May, he With a five-speed automated transmission, the car is designed to get about 40 to the gallon in the city, and 45 on the highway. And fill up of the tiny gas tank between $23 and $28, he said.

it’s the right thing to do, Dr. said. It’s a nice I hope it catches on in America, he

It seems to be. In anticipation of its American this month, more 30,000 people have reserved a smart, which in price from $11,590 to and is also available in a convertible And at the smart center in Edison, two of the first 30 smart deliveries destined for Staten Island The cars are also available at the center in Manhattan.

The smart offers all the amenities of a car, and more. Malpeso’s is out with a DVD and MP3 player on the dashboard, and a control system that off sauna-like heat. The car has power a leather steering wheel and an system. Malpeso takes his to a dealership for servicing.


After a ride around the neighborhood week, he pulled the smart the hospital grounds and whipped a bend toward the employee lot. Forget swiping his ID He pulled a squeeze play between the barrier arm and the curb.

And in Manhattan is so much less when you can squeeze in between two cars at meters. Measuring 8.8 long, two smarts can usually fit in an single parking space.

But on top of all those reasons, the smart is so much fun, and goes and hand with Dr. Malpeso’s motto.

Carpe diem, he as Papa Loves Mambo from the smart’s stereo. the moment!

Maura Yates transportation news for the Advance. She may be at myates@siadvance.com.

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