NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life - A Data Visualization
displays the data for one random NYC yellow taxi on a single day in 2013. See where it operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24 hours. [more inside]
What does the yellow light mean?"
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
Movin' On Up:
A skewed history of New York City as depicted by the opening themes of 1970s TV shows
What's a Girl Doing Here?
Short documentary about two female taxi drivers in NYC.
The Cabbie v. the Morgan Stanley Executive
"Those of you who have any degree of contact with the financial blogosphere no doubt caught the news today that one William Bryan Jennings, the co-head of fixed income for the Americas for Morgan Stanley, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, theft of services and intimidation by bias or bigotry and released on bail of $9,500. He has been put on leave." [Via
Last month, The Atlantic
reported that since 1980s, the price of a metallic NYC taxi license has grown four-times faster than the average home or a brick of gold
, claiming it to be a wonderful "inflation hedge." This report proved prescient; on Friday two such medallions (which merely represent the taxi's license) just sold for $1 million apiece — a 42% increase just since August.
Also on Friday, mere hours after reading the newsstand headlines, Midtown Manhattan resident Tom Poteat
looked down to see a medallion, unattached to its taxi, lying on the sidewalk.
The sitcom Taxi
was inspired by two non-fiction articles that appeared in New York Magazine in September, 1975: Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet
and The Word from Belmore
, both by author, writer and journalist Marc Jacobson
. (Google Books: Original layout and photos
.) In 2004, he checked in with local cabdrivers
to see how things had changed for them after 30 years. As predicted, leasing did spell the end for the artist/writer/actor cabbie. [more inside]
The Taxi Gourmet
Every week, I get in a taxi, ask the driver to take me to his or her favorite restaurant. [more inside]
"What Would You Change About the NYC Taxi Cab?"
is one response to The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's call for a new taxi cab design. [more inside]
Why is the new NYC taxi logo
so ugly? The bumpy design process
probably had a lot to do with it. The Times invited eight designers to try improving on it
. Perhaps you can do better
? (Ob. soundtrack)