Do You Like Your Neighborhood? 

Ever since the Giuliani administration invaded Taxicab Island and evicted everyone (just so they could put up high-priced condos), cabbies have had to find new accommodations, all over the city. So, where do they all live now?




Ly

Where I hailed him: Williamsburg
Where he hails from:
Mauritania
Years as a cabbie:
4
Previous profession:
Driver
I live in Brooklyn, like in Bed-Stuy. It’s ok. It’s quiet, and it’s not expensive — not like Manhattan, you know. I could never afford Manhattan — the prices are crazy. But it’s not far from Manhattan. I get on the A train and a couple of stops and I’m in Manhattan. Or if I drive I’m in Manhattan in 10, 15 minutes. And the owner of the car that I drive lives in the same neighborhood, so that’s good. It’s easy to pick up for work.

Akwasi
Where I hailed him:
Midtown East
Where he hails from:
Ghana
Years as a cabbie:
2
Previous profession:
Student
I live in the Bronx — up by the Reservoir — right by Lehman College. I really like it, it’s part of the Bronx but it’s quiet, you know? I need some peace and quiet after I do this job. That’s what I like best. It’s a good apartment. What I don’t like is the rent increasing every year. Last year it was $750 for one bedroom, now it’s $900. I need to get a two-year lease!

Rowland
Where I hailed him:
Midtown West
Where he hails from:
Nigeria
Years as a cabbie:
25
Previous profession:
Teacher
I live in Canarsie, in Brooklyn. It’s heaven. It’s quiet. I love it there. I know everyone in the neighborhood; I live on a beautiful street. I’ve been there since 1994 and I don’t intend on going anywhere else. There’s nothing I don’t like about it, it’s home.

Osei
Where I hailed him:
Midtown East
Where he hails from:
Ghana
Years as a cabbie:
7
Previous profession:
Livery cab driver
I live in the South Bronx — I like it. I have a two-bedroom apartment that I like. The rent could be better, but it’s New York, right? The worst thing about the neighborhood is the noise — the Spanish people make a lot of noise. Actually, there was a lady on the floor above me… She used to blare music so loud I just about went crazy. Finally I got used to it; then she comes down one day and asks if she’s too loud. I say ‘Lady, don’t even bother.’ No problem. I’m used to the noise of the neighborhood.

Hmidate
Where I hailed him:
East Village
Where he hails from:
Algeria
Years as a cabbie:
7
Previous profession:
Mechanic
I used to live in Corona. I lived there for six years, since 2000. That was when I was single. Then it was fine for me. It was cheap. And you’re single, you don’t care, you just go to work, come home, sleep, go back to work. For a family, though, it’s bad. So, I got married this year and I have my wife with me now, so I moved to Sunnyside, which is much better. When you’re single, Corona is fine, but you don’t really want to raise your family there.

Wai-Wing
Where I hailed him:
Midtown East
Where he hails from:
Hong Kong
Years as a cabbie:
25
Previous profession:
Cook
I live in Brooklyn, in Bay Ridge. It’s ok — pretty good. I’ve lived there for more than ten years now. There’s not really anything bad about it. I feel like it’s a pretty good neighborhood.





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