Monday, December 22, 2008

futurological nomadism

When you're coming down Seventh Avenue and you need to head east on Houston, the best route I've found is to go past Houston (which on that block is a one way west) and turn left on King Street. You'll usually catch a green signal upon reaching Sixth Avenue. Turn left again and get in the far right lane. That light turns green within seconds for your right turn unto Houston. This is a great way to avoid the traffic that always builds up on Bleecker Street. You could also turn down 4th Street at Sheridan Square and then make a right on Thompson to get to Houston, but it often takes longer.

It is important to stay tuned to the radio traffic reports throughout your shift for several reasons. They always mention transit delays, which you ought to jot down and make your way towards. For example, if the 7 train is suspended between Hunters Point and 61st, and you just dropped off at the airport, you're bound to catch a fare on either end of that problem, regardless of there being a shuttle bus. Just be creative. Scoop them up.

I was sitting at a red light facing west on W41 at 11 Avenue. When it turned green I cautiously proceeded forward to make a left turn. I had just picked up two ladies at the Port Authority and was headed downtown. A textile merchant in a black Ford Explorer ignored his red light and drove right into the intersection at about 10 MPH. I'm guessing he was preoccupied with a cell phone but it all happened too fast to know for sure. I stopped and started honking when it seemed imminent that he'd ram right into my side. He noticed me at the last split second and screeched on his brakes, but it was too late. The impact occurred just above my front right tire. A traffic director walked over to see if everyone was alright, which we were. This guy spoke Hebrew, like me, but with a thick Persian accent. He asked if I could put him in contact with my garage instead of calling the cops. They gave him a $400 damage estimate over the phone. But when I got back to the garage they raised it to $800. Now this negotiation is between them. I had no fault. Although I did lose the remainder of my shift, which is the part that is mine to keep. I worked almost 10 hours that day and went home with under 30 dollars. Unbelievable. No one reimburses the cabbie. Ever. If only I could have avoided that collision somehow. A knee jerk reverse action would have landed me into the car behind me. A forward thrust would have made the impact occur near or on my passenger. I was hopeless.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

airport fares galore

In these days the college kids wrap up their semester and take taxicabs to the airports. It would be wise to cruise by all the local dormitories at all hours of the day/night, unless you aren't interested in taking people to the airports. Here's a list of the NYU student housing locations:
1 E 2 at Bowery
40 E 7 between 2/3 AV
55 E 10 between Univ/Broadway
5-11 University Pl/ Washington Mews
47 W 13 between 5/6 AV
334 E 26 between 1/2 AV
35 Fifth Avenue at 10th
33 Third Avenue at 9th
75 Third Avenue at 12th
316 Third Avenue at 23rd
129 Third Avenue at 14th
110 E 14 at 4 AV
140 E 14 at Irving Pl
Stuyvesant Town
25 Union SQ. West/ 16th
33 Wash SQ. West/ Washington Pl
79 Wash SQ. East/ 4th
Bleecker between La Guardia/Mercer
80 Lafayette at Franklin
400 Broome at Centre
200 Water at Fulton
636 Greenwich St./ Morton
BK: 67 Livingston/ Court

135 E 12 between 4/3 AV
118 W 13 between 6/7 AV
300 W 20 at 8 AV
84 William St/ Maiden
31 Union SQ. West/17th
5 W 8/ before 5 AV

Between Broadway and Amsterdam
along 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, and 116th

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Check out this list online. Whatever is not on there, I try to list here....
Meeker past Morgan under BQE
W/B Atlantic Ave past 5 Av (by the mall)

1 Av across 63rd (although i never seen it flash)
9 Av across 26th NEW ONE INSTALLED
W/B Houston across 6 Av
W/B Canal across 6 Av

W/B Queens Blvd past Broadway (near Queens Center Mall)
w/b Q Blvd. past Roosevelt Av (Sunnyside)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cayenne Pepper

There's quite often a speed trap on the FDR North, just before you go under the Brooklyn Bridge. If you enter where South Street ends or off the 9A underpass (tunnel), do not go a single MPH over 40. Everyone floors it here because it's the
very beginning of the highway. A cop stands in the shoulder just over the hill. Only other radar gun trap I've seen in NYC is SB on Cross Bay Blvd. as you enter the residential zone of Broad Channel the limit plummets to 30 MPH and an unmarked hides in the median. On the opposite side of Queens, when WB on Astoria Blvd do not make a left on Crescent St. from 7 to 10 am. One of those little golf cart-like interceptors is busy around the corner. And in Manhattan, I'm pretty sure what I witnessed had to do with that far left lane on Broadway as you're about to cross 14th. It says on a sign and on the ground that you MUST turn left. Taxis break this rule 50 times a minute. Well, I saw folks getting pulled over systematically on that southeast corner one day last week. Must've been that rule being enforced.

Beware of the $115 for box blocking having recently become a non moving violation. The meter maids on E37th St. are busy handing these out to everyone stuck crosstown inside the intersection as you crawl through Park Avenue. My passenger's comment: 'That is such a cheap shot'. I've seen this activity in one other spot: 3 Avenue crossing E56th Street. The two rightmost lanes get jammed with those headed to the Queensboro. The meter maids have a field day here.


WB 42 unto Madison (7-19:00) except U
WB 42 unto 8 Av (7-19:00) DAILY

Madison Avenue: all right turns restricted from 42 to 59 (14-19:00) weekdays for bus lanes (both rightmost lanes).

5 Av unto 53 thru 47 (10-22:00). That's 12 hours of no turning down 7 consecutive blocks.


WB Kings Highway unto Remsen or Linden (use Church).

NEW: Broadway unto 40 (never)
WB 42 unto LEX (M-F 7-19:00)
EB 42 unto Madison (never).
EB 14 unto 6 Av (except U)
23rd/Park Ave: from any direction (8-19:00) except U
WB 23 unto 7 Av (8-19:00) except U
WB 23 unto Fifth 8-19:00 (except U).
Church unto Canal (M-F 16-19:00)
SB York unto 79 (never)
SB W.End unto 72 (never)
WB 181 unto Broadway (never) in Washington Heights
EB 57 unto 6 Av (7-19:00 M-S)
2 Av unto 37 (7-10:00 M-F)
(Also straight thru 2 Av on 37th (7-10:00 M-F)


See taxis lined up on E42nd by the FDR? They are taking a leak at the park, but beware. The NYPD has been known to creep up on unsuspecting cabbies for parking violations. Same story along the right side of Lexington through Grand Central Station and into the upper 30s (Murray Hill). No pick ups or drop offs allowed. You must do your business along the left (east) side of the Avenue. I know cabdrivers who have been ticketed during sting operations for this offense.