Friday, April 17, 2009

Shift Shots 3/07

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West Midtown-
This was a weird hour for a fender breaker, all taxis over by Penn Station, nobody else, no traffic.

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Woodside, Queens

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The Bowery

Throgs Neck, The Bronx
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-Above is a small tennis club I think, up at the peninsula of the Bronx. I'd never driven locally through there before. What were the odds right when I was looking for a parking spot in the Lower East Side to have a guy want to go all the way here in the early morning? I got lost a little after dropping him off of course, oh, he rounded up to the dollar and tipped me a whole 20 or 40 cents for the fare. It didn't matter because I was happy to have done a big ride at such a dead time, and I got to see another piece of New York rare to most of us.

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Flatiron District
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-This idiot taxi driver refused to give me enough space to switch lanes more than once further up on Broadway despite him being empty and I having a fare. But to make things really stupid, he went right passed me on the left in the bicycle lane, trying to get to the front of all 5 cars and occupied the bike lane at the traffic light. What a complete dumb-ass! Who was he competing with? there were no other empty cabs! drive responsibly jerk! I wasn't too mad at him though, because taxi drivers who drive like this are bound to fail.

5 comments:

ChickenUnderwear said...

About that cab in the bike lane. I use those lanes to run. If I woulda seen that cab in my path, I would have run over his roof.

That would have been a great photo. Just my legs and ass, the back of my head out of the frame!

NYC taxi photo said...

you, probably wouldn't like me so much, I pull over to pick up and drop off if i have to in them, but I try to wait for the bikers to pass. But to drive in the bike lane, blatant mockery of it all, especially for no good reason at all in his case.

eastside9170 said...

I have a question for U. I just lost my job in banking & I want to know if cabbies is the right way to go as of April 18.
I just don’t want to pay all that money getting the hack licenses if I can’t get a cab to rent.

A lot of people are saying it’s really hard getting a cab because people are losing their jobs
& jumping into cabbie

NYC taxi photo said...

I don't know for sure. I think it costs around 400 or 500? And so it isn't too much to sacrifice. When I came in 3 years ago, it was clear enough that everybody wanted a driver. I still believe that if you ask a large enough garage, they will have room for you. I've always been afraid to switch to night shift myself because I thought my garage likes their drivers to keep a routine schedule. Everybody drives the night shift. If you want the day shift, and come in early at 2 or 3 in the morning, I would think you'd do alright, still you might wait for a cab for 2 hours.

expect to make up to 160, however depending on the day, and experience, you may make below 100, maybe even 60 bucks, in a day.

Gilighan Qabista said...

all your points regarding that cabbie in the bike lane are valid. thanks for pointing them out. observations like these are important to make and share with the world.