Big Yellow Taxi
Johnnie “Spider” Footman, New York’s oldest Taxi Driver, passed away yesterday age 94 after a brief illness.
Mr. Footman began driving in 1937 and saw New York City change over the years like few people have been able. During his time behind the wheel he picked up such famous characters as John Wayne Read More
Follow the money
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is ramping up his attacks on mayoral rival Anthony Weiner after new fund-raising data revealed Mr. Weiner has been raking in cash from the taxi industry.
Mr. Thompson’s chief strategist Jonathan Price, fired off a missive earlier today accusing the former congressman of coming out against the city’s new outer-borough taxis as a result of the thousands he’s been collecting from drivers and dispatchers, who are largely opposed to the plan.
Big (Loved) Yellow Taxi
A video of a taxi driver giving away candy has warmed our bitter hearts. It reminded us that even though cab drivers are more than people that refuse to take us Brooklyn. Thusly, we’ve rounded up a list of all the most amazing cabbies that have graced the New York City streets.
The Candyman Read More
It was only in March when one blog’s joyfully shouted the headline: Good News Taxi Riders! No Fare Hikes Planned For This Year. “Only” because, not three months later did Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky deem a request for a taxi fare hike from cabbies and cab-owners as “reasonable.”
And now, here we stand four months later, as a fare hike is approved. And not a small one, either.
In March, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky told the City Council’s Transportation Commission that a taxi fare increase wasn’t on the “immediate horizon.” Local news website Gothamist ran with the headline: Good News Taxi Riders! No Fare Hikes Planned For This Year.
Well, we now know what he meant by “immediate horizon.” And it wasn’t “for the next year.”
Hail yes, `
That is the argument being put forth by a new accessibility group, AXS, which is also working on a map app that will help disable New Yorkers find places—restaurants, bars, shops and the like—suited to their needs. The group has just produced this video putting the struggles of its founder into context with its dream of fleet of accessible cabs (among other things) while also suggesting that the mayor does not particularly care for the needs of the disabled.
Books have been written and papers published that let us, the ignorant, general public know whether we are indeed alcoholics or not. Usually with the aid of those all important “top tell-tale signs”—putting aside the fact that the most obvious sign you’re an alcoholic, is whether you have read a ‘tell tale signs are that you’re an alcoholic’ list.
Alas, no book exists that gives a guide for measuring something as intangible as a physical city, however if one did, you can’t help but feel that one tell-tale sign would be the Department of Transportion giving away free taxi rides to stop it’s inhabitants from driving drunk.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
When NYC’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ – a Nissan NV200 – was first unveiled to the public last month, one of the glaring omissions was the lack of wheelchair access. Not surprisingly this prompted several disability rights groups to bring a lawsuit against the city, stating that the design violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Slightly more surprising was the U.S. Attorneys office come out in supporting of them.
This week, the Taxi of Tomorrow—well the taxi of 2013 to 2023, that is (the duration of the lease)—was unveiled to New Yorkers for the very first time. Thoughts from the first users of the fully fitted mock-up installation, which is on display in Madison Square Park until Sunday, were mixed. Despite the years of research and design, you can be sure that any flaw will be brought to light by the critical eye of your average New Yorker.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
As was revealed back in June, it will be at least two years before the Nissan-designed Taxi of Tomorrow hits the road, at which point most cabs will have to be replaced with this first-ever New York-exclusive taxi. In the meantime, the city has agreed to let Ford’s runner-up entry be sold while the Nissans get up to speed.
As The Journal reports, the first 200 Ford Transit Connects are in the city and have begun making the rounds.