Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rules, and helpful hints for tomorrow.

The T&LC has some good advice and has posted relevant information regarding tomorrow.

most importantly from the hours of 6am to 4pm. you have to have 2 passengers in your taxi to enter manhattan.

you can collect more than one fare at a time.. first ride is on the meter, additional riders are suggested 10 dollars. please do this when the demand is heavy, we all win.

all subways in brooklyn terminate to transfer to busses in downtown brooklyn.

subways coming from the bronx will end at grand central and penn station.... KEY POINTS,  to transfer to a bus or transfer to a taxi.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

disregard that last post.

I'm very sorry for that last advisory post. pretty much everything listed and linked from what i posted yesterday was wrong!!

I hate when that happens, I try hard to research street closures, and all I get is unnecessary worries and headaches. Completely false information.

Sorry, for the inconvenience.

Although by coincidence I was right about one thing, 6th ave was closed, however it was only between 14th and 23rd for a street fare, and also it was a good idea to work earlier and end the shift early, as the traffic was a nightmare!!

Here's what I know about tomorrow, and this is not information from the internet, this is from the advisory boards on the Manhattan Bridge: there is a bike tour tomorrow in the morning, and it will use the west side highway in one direction and the FDR drive in the other direction. this tour will have one direction of both of these highways closed until noon. well... I think it will, so be prepared. work the middle rather than the outside of Manhattan... I have my doubts if any of this information is accurate, so as always, it is best to check 1010 wins news, or wcbs 880am, I'm sure they'll tell you if this is happening.

Again I'm so sorry for posting completely false information yesterday, I think this is partly why it's been so long since my last update of this blog, there's no way of knowing this kind of information in advance and preparing for it.

The best way to know about something in advance is through promotional materials, advertising and so on and so on.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

helpful to be prepared for the weekend.

Click here-> Gridlock Sam's weekend traffic advice. And scroll down to his notes on street closures.

The Avon walk for breast cancer is also this weekend, and I am not sure if any streets are closed for that. Guests for the walkathon will be staying at the Hilton, and they have shuttle busses that take them to the start of the walk at the 43rd Street Pier on the west side highway (The Circle Line Cruises Pier) AT 4AM.  I believe the walk starts later, like 8am. So there may be people all over, but especially the Hilton, perhaps the Sheraton as well? whoever needs to get to 43rd and 12th ave.

The Gay Pride Parade is Sunday, so a good benefit to look for is parties the night before and parties the night after. I think last year the ballroom on 52nd street between 8th ave and broadway had a thing that lasted until 9am, and had people going home to Park Slope and Williamsburg, and upper west side, and greenwich village etc.. on Monday!?? I dunno, but good to look out for such things. the parades and street closures this weekend look horrible though, it seems like it never ends.

So try to make all your money on Friday, and in the nights and early mornings, if you work during the day shift during the weekend, i'd guess it'd be best to work hard before dawn and cut the shift off early before traffic traps you in Manhattan forever.

Good luck.

P.S. Do not wait for ships at the ship terminal. You are wasting your time. do not wait on a taxi line at the Car Wash on the West Side Highway. The police were giving tickets last weekend for standing in a no standing zone. The police were also in countless other places, in the mornings on Sunday especially. Be careful when double parking, and do not block intersections and crosswalks.

Do not pick up people at 7th avenue side of Penn Station from an active lane in the street. You must be on the taxi line to pick-up passengers.

 the dispatcher at the train station wants to put people in taxicabs, the police want to give tickets to taxicabs. the two people are working against each other. if I am stopped at a red light at 32nd street and 7th avenue on the far right lane, i lock my doors, i don't care what the dispatcher says, I am not getting a ticket from the police officer hiding between the parked police cars across the street.