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  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The President's Visit to Crown Heights Will Shut Down Prospect Park for Six Hours, Reroute Buses

    President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President's visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

    Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Green Cab Invasion: Court Upholds Outer Borough Hail Plan

    It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    City Can (But Won't) Play Its Part in Bus Strike

    We're damn-near a month into the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181's bus-driver and matron strike, and the city is still pretending like it doesn't have everything to do with why this mess continues to drag-on. The union, politicians and parents are begging the city to at least come to the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    NLRB Rules School Bus Strike Legal

    The National Labor Relations Board announced earlier this morning that the Amalgamated Transit Union's school bus strike is indeed lawful. A group of 20 bus companies filed a charge with the NLRB arguing that the ATU Local Union 1181 violated NLRB regulations when its bus drivers and matrons went o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Union Insists Mayor Holds Ultimate Power to End School Bus Strike

    Leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union hosted a town hall teleconference last night to clarify facts surrounding the school bus strike--facts that they argue have been distorted by the Bloomberg administration and the media. Last night's telephone town hall was held for the constituents of City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Students and Families Suffer Most In Bus Strike and City Has Itself to Blame

    As more than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons formed picket lines around the city this morning, some 152,000 students and their families were forced to find alternative means of transportation in the pouring rain. Jackie Ceonzo, mother of a 17-year-old autistic son, had to find a way to get her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Parents of Special Needs Children Fed Up With DOE's Flawed School Bus Service

    By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Carmel vs. Dial 7: A Limo Service Jingle Showdown For the Ages!

    For most people, the number 666 has ominous associations. It's the mark of the beast, the sign of The Antichrist, or part of the absurd name of what looks to be one of the worst new television shows of the season. But when you sing the words 666 to anyone who watches local TV around here, you'll ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Judge Pauses Bloomberg's "Livery Cab" Plan, Outer Boroughs Must Suffer

    Contrary to popular belief, there are people that live outside of Manhattan. The hustle and bustle of New York City is not limited to one island; actually, almost 80 percent of New Yorkers live in the outer boroughs (probably because they cannot afford its real estate horrors). And, if tax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

    It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green. The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Car Service Horror Story

    When going out of town, I usually book a car service to the airport just to make sure I get there, since a cab isn't always a possibility. But even with the definite car booking, you'd have more luck hailing a yak these days.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Astorians Mourn Departed Bus and Subway Lines, Want to Bring Back the QM22

    ​Politicians, civic groups, and commuters gathered yesterday by the Astoria-Ditmars subway stop to mark the death-iversary of their dearly departeds: the W train and the QM22 bus line. One year ago, the MTA eliminated the W and V trains and dozens of bus lines, and reduced services throughout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Drivers and Politicians Lobby Senate to Pass Livery Cab Bill

    Esther Zuckerman​A collation that included City Council members, yellow cab taxi drivers and the president of Livery Base Owners gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to ask the State Senate to pass a bill that allows livery cab drivers to make pick-ups in the outer boroughs and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Livery Cabs Should Be Able to Pick Up Passengers Already

    ​Livery cabs are often the great savior of the drunken Brooklynite struggling to trek their way home. Like Jay-Z said, New York has its "yellow cab, gypsy cab, dollar cab" (holler back), and there should be no reason not to try them all, right? The thing is, they're not legal to take. New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Uber, A More Expensive Car Service For iPhone, Headed to NYC

    ​Uber, the San Francisco-based car service start-up, is expanding from California to New York City beginning "in a few short weeks," TechCrunch reports today. Do we need more cars? Do we need to pay more money for more cars? Maybe in the outer boroughs! But what if it will run you as much as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Squeaky Clean and Suave Cab Drivers Coming to New York

    Acceptable outfit?​Yesterday the Taxi and Limousine Commission changed some of its policies for taxi drivers to make your ride a little more sexy. Taxi Drivers must now comply with a dress code that says they must wear clothes with a "professional appearance." According to the New York Times, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Ahmed Sharif, Wounded Muslim Cab Driver, Receives $30,000 in Support

    ​Ahmed Sharif, the Muslim taxi driver stabbed last week by a drunken passenger, will likely be unable to work for at least four months. "He can't even pick up his baby because of the wounds to his arms. He can't turn his neck," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Con-Artist Cabbies Convicted in Troubling Taxi Fare Fraud

    Via Junkables.​Remember the Great Taxi Scam of 2010? A few cabbies, it turned out, were charging passengers the (double) suburban rate It brought out sympathy from people who felt bad for cabbies, exaggerations from the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner, and media outlets looking ridiculous dro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Update: City Serves Temporary Restraining Order to Bus Man Running Charters along MTA-Cut Lines

    ​A week and a half ago, we spoke to Joel Azumah, the 27-year-old who began running charter buses along the X25, X29, X90, QM22 lines recently cut by the MTA. The city Department of Transportation sent him a cease and desist letter at the end of June, when he started his service, but he kept hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Brooklyn Man Picks Up MTA-Cut Bus Routes, but Business is a Bust

    ​Joel Azumah, 27, who runs a small charter bus company, TransportAzumah, replaced recently cut public bus routes (X25, X29, X90, QM22) with his own private routes today in an attempt to turn a profit while helping people get to work. "Some of these routes are in very good locations with very l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Taxi Scam,Take Two: The Times Sniffs the Air

    The Great Taxi Meter Conspiracy That Wasn't sheds light not only on the presence of true political hacks at large in the administration of Michael Bloomberg (imagine that!), but also opens one of those rare windows into how those who run our Paper of Record see the world they're forced to share with ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Report: Cabbies Get Bigger Tips on Credit Card Fares

    In 2007, when they started installing credit-card readers in cabs, YellowCabNYC found some drivers resistant to the change. A commenter said, "I get yelled at 3 out of the 4 times for using credit card" even when notifying the driver in advance. The hacks may have been conflating the readers with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    City's Plan to Push Cabs into the "Green" Shot Down By Judge, Again

    The city keeps trying to get cabs to go hybrid, and the taxi owners keep pushing back. The Taxi and Limousine Commission's most recent plan included incentives to please the owners -- for instance, they would be authorized to charge drivers more for use of the hybrids -- and the drivers were told th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 10, 2009


    John Kelly digs out his Joni Mitchell costume

  • Voice Choices

    June 3, 2009
  • Columns

    February 25, 2009

    Showdown for the BusFellas' Union

    A mobster's old cronies vie to keep control

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    City Cabs May Get Spy Cameras

    EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation claims the surveillance cameras it has affixed to the outside of its vehicles have saved the company half a million dollars by showing its drivers' lack of culpability in accidents. Cabs companies around the world either installing cameras or asking for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    TLC Says Drivers Won't Lose on New Green Fleet Plan

    The Taxi & Limousine Commission calls to explain that its new, environmentally-conscious taxi plan, described here earlier as a burden on cabbies, would save hybrid-driving hacks more than it would cost them. While fleet owners who buy hybrids would, under the plan, be allowed to charge cabbies $3 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Hybrids Coming, Says TLC; TS, Say Cab Owners

    The Times' City Room says taxis are about to go hybrid in a hurry. To meet the Taxi and Limousine Commission's October 1 deadline for 25-mpg, low-emission cabs -- which pretty much requires all new cabs be hybrids -- and a 2012 all-hybrid fleet, the city announced it has contracted with Ford, Chevro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    Lesbian Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Caliente Cab Co.

    Call it a victory for fairness in Margaritaville. Khadijah Farmer, the lesbian patron who alleged that Caliente Cab Company ejected her from the restaurant because she appeared too masculine to use the women’s restroom, has settled her lawsuit against the West Village establishment. As part of ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2008

    Rudy's Bus Pal Admits Paying Mob

    As mob-fighting mayor, Giuliani did nothing but help the guy—and get helped in return

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    National Mobilization Against the War

    On Saturday, concerned patriots will take to the streets of eleven cities across the nation as part of United for Peace and Justice's National Day of Mobilization against the war. The New York march begins at 23rd Street, where people will gather starting at noon, and ends at Foley Square near City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    City Prepares for Taxi Strike

    Photo by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr As the New York Taxi Worker's Alliance set up a "strike hall" at the headquarters of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 on Tuesday, the city announced contingency plans to combat a cabbie work stoppage set to take effect at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The MTA w ... More >>

  • News

    September 4, 2007

    Hail No!

    Cabbies get taken for a ride by the taxi commission, so you don't.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Pedicab Smackdown: City Council Defies Bloomberg, Reins in 'Green Transport'

    Pedicabbers rode over the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, April 20. The Council's new law bans them from bike paths on city bridges. Photos by Sarah Ferguson Monday's vote in the City Council to sharply rein in the burgeoning pedicab industry was both predictable and dispiriting, given Mayor Bloomberg’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2006
  • News

    May 23, 2006

    Taxicab Concessions

    High-tech, high-level wheeling and dealing makes all of us fare game

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006
  • Screens

    April 11, 2006

    Vapor Travails

    Total cabbie awareness: Eloquence and error in tracking San Fran taxis

  • NYC Life

    March 28, 2006

    Malice's Restaurant

    What Rao's and a gangster-run school bus drivers' union have in common

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    It's Off to Work They Go

    The Tranport Workers Union Local 100 instructed its members to go back to their posts in the New York City subway and bus system. Show up the next time you were scheduled to, the instructions say, and if you're supposed to be working now, "report immediately." The instructions continue: If Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 13, 2005

    On the Waterfront

    Cruising over to work was never so easy

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Outer-Borough Battler

    A Labor Leader Challenges His Own

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Taxi Widows

    Compensating the Families of Slain Minority Cabbies Is a Bureaucratic Nightmare

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Africans Are Dying, Too

    The Forgotten Victims of the Livery Cabbie Murders

  • News

    January 5, 1999
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