I saw them in the movies, in the music videos, in commercials, photoshoots. The iconic symbol of New York. Always knew this will be one of the first things I do when I come to New York. You just wave your hand and it's here for you. Where would you like to go, miss? Then we have a nice chat , we share "how I got to America" stories. Maybe he tells me he drove Tom Hanks this morning. At the end of the trip, I hand him the $20 bill, get off, knock on the roof, and he is gone. I am a real New Yorker now.
Well, I quickly learnt the experience is usually less romantic.
You wave your hand, 7 cabs pass you (25 if it's raining). When you finally get in, the driver does have a nice chat, but with his friend on the phone. He ask you for directions. During the ride you feel sick because he drives rather unsafely and into every available hole and every cyclist on the road. Then you pay with your card and get off wondering why, oh why didn't you order Uber or Lyft again?
Yellow Cabs. 🚕 They make streets of the city unlike anywhere else; vibrant, photogenic creatures that I love and hate at the same time.