I like that you're going carless...too many cars on this planet. Until a car company comes with better electric car options, I think you're doing a good thing. And well since you're in NYC a car isn't really necessary is it? Some good ideas here about lighter amp like a princeton. Maybe a tech 21 trademark 60 amp? Or how about a Fractal Audio AxeFx modeller? Pricey and digital, but people here rave about how nice they sound and how tube amp-like they feel and if you're going to places with decent pa's and monitors then it's a workable option.