Taxi Workers Alliance

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    How Some Illegal Taxi Drivers Are Fighting Back Against the Green Cab Program

    It was a busy night, two days before Christmas, and the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant were packed with shoppers. So Emmanuel* was out later than usual. He had just picked up one last fare from his corner in Bed-Stuy, which was usually a safe zone, but moments later he was pulled over by a Ford Econo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Jesus and Friends Occupy Wall Street

    The Occupy Wall Street May Day actions are winding down this evening, with a march from Union Square to Battery Park. [Update, 9:00 PM: Nick Pinto tells me things are not winding down at all. Rather, a very large crowd "has filtered into the amphitheater at the Veteran's Memorial, where they're havi ... 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

    December 16, 2010

    TLC Votes Today on How to Tell Your Cab Driver Not to Wear Jorts

    "Super Taxi Driver" boxers, inappropriate for an actual taxi driver. Via Cafepress.​Dress codes are hot right now, whether you're a banker or a cab driver. And since all of those who take cabs deserve to be driven by a man or woman with impeccable style, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Dear Rest-of-America: New York's Cabbies Are Not The Rudest, You Are Just All Ignorant Pussies

    ​DNA News posted today on a recent survey calling New York City's taxis the second-best in the world next to London's Black Cabs. They also called the drivers of New York's taxis "America's Rudest," with Paris coming in second place. To which New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commi ... 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

    March 23, 2010

    The Great Taxi Scam: Never Mind

    It is good to see that the city's soon-to-depart taxi commissioner, Matthew Daus, is living up to his reputation. Daus is a political patronage hire who got his $178,000 a year job because his Brooklyn political club (New Era Democrats) gave early endorsements to Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Q&A: Amy Braunschweiger, Taxi Confidential

    ​ Taxi culture is a big part of New York lore -- Jimmy Cagney, Robert DeNiro, and Ernest Borgnine are among the many memorable movie hacks -- but real cabbies don't get much attention unless they're delivering a baby in the backseat or something like that. Amy Braunschweiger's Taxi Confident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Disabled New Yorkers May Finally Get Taxi Service They Were Promised

    (Photo by Philip Bennett at Taxis for All.)For about a year, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been trying to help disabled people get access to city taxis, but wrangling between the city and taxi drivers has botched up the mayor's plan.In theory, a disabled person should be able to call 311 and get a taxi d ... More >>

  • 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

    September 5, 2007

    Quantifying the Taxi Strike's Effect

    There were plenty of cabs cruising the streets of the Village this morning. The taxi strike is on but its effectiveness will surely be a matter of debate. Expect the city to say it was nothing, and the group that called the work stoppage to deem it a success. The Associated Press, New York Times, ... 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.

  • News

    May 23, 2006

    Taxicab Concessions

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

  • News

    February 7, 2006

    Elegy for a Cabbie

    A veteran driver who fought the Nazis in Europe and the bosses at home

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    In the Crosshairs

    Manhunt Puts Middle Easterners at Mercy of Ordinary Americans

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Taxi Widows

    Compensating the Families of Slain Minority Cabbies Is a Bureaucratic Nightmare

  • Books

    March 28, 2000