09/02/16 11:41am
Okay, you win this round, Uber. via Gilt City

Okay, you win this round, Uber. via Gilt City

If you read us, you know we spend a lot of time railing against our least favorite Not Car Service, Uber. And for good reason: they’re more expensive than yellow taxis, soft Brooklyn depends on them like whiny babies, and most recently, they’re poised to drive up MTA fares like crazy.

But we also can’t resist a good deal, so begrudgingly we share the following news: Starting Friday, September 2 at 8pm until Monday, September 5 at 11:59pm, you can take a shared Uber anywhere in Brooklyn for $5 flat.

Yes anywhere, and yes $5. Sadly there’s no catch, besides the silent demerit points you rack up with us every time you take an Uber. You’ve gotta share the car with total strangers, sure, and it’ll take you an extra hour to get home if you end up riding with someone going to the opposite end of Brooklyn, but these are the small concessions we make to get in on cheap cab fare. If you absolutely neeeed a pal with you in the car, additional riders are $1.

Happy Labor day riding, folks. We’ll see you in the regular subway system on Tuesday morning.

03/25/15 11:23am
Photo by Flickr user carnagenyc.

Right? There is, isn’t there? Photo by Flickr user carnagenyc.

Brooklyn may not be where I was born and raised, but eight years, six jobs, five apartments, three ER visits, and one Brooklyn Bridge tattoo later, it’s where I belong. I’ve been in love and had my heart broken here. I’ve trained for a marathon here. I’ve woken up to water bugs crawling out of the drain, dead rodents, and roommates’ random hookups. I’ve made friends, lost friends and attended funerals. I vote here. My nephew was born here. I’ve dipped my toes in the Gowanus, kissed on the Brooklyn Bridge, and volunteered after Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.  (more…)

03/10/15 12:56pm
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Speaking up meant getting some justice for that cabbie violation (NOTE: not the taxi in question). via Flickr user Matt Green

If you remember, towards the end of 2014 I wrote about a groping incident that happened to me in the back of a green cab. In that post, I said that I planned to testify in court in order to see that this cabbie have his license revoked. A lot has happened since then—but most importantly, the TLC handed the driver an actual sentence, bringing me some much-needed peace of mind. So today, I’m writing as a reminder that reporting assault of any kind is the best thing you can do for yourself and for others. (more…)

01/14/15 2:24pm
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Not a Mohammed

New York is a city of 8 million people, and 52,131 of them are cab drivers. Who are these cabbies? What are their lives like? What are their names? Well, we can’t answer those first two questions, but someone went and looked at the public data on NYC cab drivers and at least got an answer for that third question. As it turns out, the most common name registered to a cabbie with a medallion number in New York is some variation of the name Mohammed. (more…)

12/29/14 9:53am
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Rider be ready to file charges? The author was groped in a green cab, but not this one via Flickr user Matt Green

Let’s get one thing straight: cabs aren’t cheap. While the reasonably wealthy may enjoy them on a daily basis, we of the lower income brackets resort to metered rides only when we are concerned with time-is-money urgency or personal safety—like after a rowdy night out in the far corners of the borough. But it’s worth it, right? Because despite all the slaps on the wrist we give ourselves for over-spending on a night out, the drunken cab hail is beyond reproach. That’s when you don’t give yourself a talking-to.

So when you can’t see straight, you’ll relish that first-world privilege of having enough money to get from A to B. You’ll say your intersection, climb into a dark backseat somewhere in Brooklyn, and then find yourself home in a warm bed. Sometimes you’ll even catch a little shut-eye along the way. And all of this will be afforded to you because cabs are the safe, door-to-door alternative to public transportation.

That is, unless a driver decides to slide his hand up your thigh. (more…)

09/08/14 9:43am
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Not all cabs. via Flickr user Eric Konon

We just got done grading cab apps available around here, but the thing about technology is that it always keeps moving. Sure you can pay for your cab by credit card now, but can any app protect you from the problem of creepy (at best) and criminal (at worst) drivers? Well actually, there’s an app for that launching next week according to the New York Times, at least for female passengers. Called SheRides (not to be confused with the Danzig song), the app will employ an exclusively female staff that will only pick up female passengers. (more…)

09/04/14 7:00am
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Which cab app will leave you happiest with your trip? via Hailo’s Facebook

We’re not big cab people, but those times when you’re late for a flight after oversleeping because you set your alarm clock for PM not AM, the extra dough is well worth it. Now that there’s a whole slew of cab apps (yay capitalism!), going from Downtown to your sister’s wedding or other urgent destinations need not be so cumbersome-on your wallet. Do all the cab apps offer the same thing just in different packaging? And how do they compare to the tried and true livery cab? We decided to find out for you. (more…)

07/09/14 3:27pm
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If you see a car with a pink mustache, you aren’t hallucinating. This time. Probably. via Facebook

[Update II, 7/25: Lyft has come to terms with the city and will be launching tonight. Per Twitter, free rides for two weeks deal is back on as well.]

[Update: Lyft is delaying their New York launch]

Have you ever wanted to take a cab ride but also wanted to feel a little bit naughty while doing it? You could… well actually, there are thousands of ways you can do that already, but here’s one more to add to the list: Lyft, the Uber-competitor featuring a fleet of pink mustachioed cars, is coming to Brooklyn and Queens this Friday at 7pm, and it’s allowing early disrupters to enjoy rides for the low, low price of nothing (plus tip), just in time for the weekend. (more…)