Whenever I'm working a late Tuesday night shift, I love running into Tom Wisker's blunt, matter-of-fact vociferations on WBAI (99.5 fm). His 'Weaponry' show scared me at first because I thought it was just a militaristic rant, but in fact it's not that at all. He makes intelligently sensible comments on a wide range of outrageously under reported topics from 1:30 to 3:30 am, all interspered with totally innappropriate music.
Roseland Ballroom's got a dance party this saturday night. Nice thing about fishing for fares at this place is that it's in the middle of the block on 52nd between 8 Av/Broadway. Most cabs just fly up and down the avenues and a lot of the time people leaving this place end up walking half a block to the corner. If you pull up to the entrance, there might be one or two cabs waiting, but it's pretty much a guaranteed gig within 3 minutes or so. There's a lot of space inside that ballroom, and it's popular, which means a heavy volume of passengers for hours until closing.
USE PLENTY OF CAUTION ON WEEKDAY MORNINGS AT THE CONSTRUCTION AREA ON LIBERTY STREET, IN FRONT OF THE WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER. SOMETIMES THE GUARDS WILL MOTION MOTORISTS TO RUN THE TEMPORARY STOP SIGN AT THE TEMPORARY CROSSWALK AND SOMETIMES THE PEDESTRIANS WALK RIGHT INTO TRAFFIC BECAUSE INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE GUARDS, THEY'RE FIDDLING WITH BLACKBERRIES. I HAD A FEDERAL LAWYER WRITE DOWN MY MEDALLION NUMBER THIS WEEK BECAUSE HE ALMOST WALKED RIGHT INTO MY BUMPER. MY PASSENGERS WERE FEDERAL LAWYERS TOO. THEY SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT. "HE'LL GET OVER IT. IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT."
When outbound on the upper level of the Queensboro bridge and exiting unto 21st Street, the sign says "ON RED PROCEED AFTER FULL STOP". But there's often an unmarked cop car sitting on the sidewalk, waiting for you NOT TO remain in complete motionlessness for a good couple of seconds.
If you read my blog(s) with any frequency, you know that I believe wholeheartedly in the formula of staying away from other vacant cabs (by all means) when seeking a fare. Well, what about when three empty cabs in front of you split in the only three possible directions: straight, left, and right. I say slow to a stop on the corner and linger there for a few seconds. Proceed when the road lacks competition again. Hopefully you'll get someone while waiting there on the curb.
A hack pal of mine just got a cell phone ticket in the Garment District. He says the cops have a trap set up on 37th and 39th, between 7/8 Avenues, specifically targeting the use of a cell phone while driving. And on 3 Av many of us make a wide left turn unto 53rd when traffic backs up on that crosstown. The precinct is right there and sure enough they have a ticketing trap set up.
Please read this article about the new camera enforcement of bus lanes on 34th Street.
MIND YOU, THERE IS ALSO A BRAND NEW RULE IN CHELSEA:
NO LEFT UNTO 9 AV WHEN HEADED WEST ON 23rd. AND THIS ONE IS NEVER. NO TURNS AT ANYTIME ON ANY DAY. I NEVER SAW THIS ONE COMING. IT'S A BIT HARSH FOR THAT PART OF TOWN. PERHAPS YET ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR TICKET BLITZING.
AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST... THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME SORT OF CHECKPOINT ON EASTBOUND w42nd STREET. EVERYONE IN THE RIGHT LANE APPROACHING 7 AV IN TIMES SQ. IS ASKED TO SHOW THEIR DRIVER LICENSE. THE COPS JUST WALK ALONG THE LANE AT EACH RED LIGHT, AS IF THEY'RE SELLING NEWSPAPERS OR ORANGES.