When we were in college, we went through a four-month period during which we experimented with sleep deprivation: we tried three hours on, one hour off, 12 hours on, four hours off, and, ultimately, 36 hours on, eight hours off. We kind of started seeing spiders everywhere at the end, but we were really, really happy about it. Thank god for 24-hour diners.
Mahir Where I hailed him: LES Where he hails from: Turkey Years as a cabbie: 4 Previous profession: Busboy
Times Square, probably. All of that Midtown area… Times Square, Port Authority, Grand Central, all those. You have all the theaters letting out at night, all those subways people use, the restaurants, everything. People are always there.
James Where I hailed him: Midtown West Where he hails from: New Jersey Years as a cabbie: 7 Previous profession: Always a driver
Well, obviously, places where there’s still stuff open late at night, especially bars. If I’m on a late shift and trying to find fares, I always head to an area near colleges, since there are a lot of bars around those. Besides that, certain stretches of Midtown. There’s always someone there who needs to be driven home.
Tom Where I hailed him: Washington Square Where he hails from: Queens Years as a cabbie: 2 Previous profession: Student
This is the city that never sleeps, right? There’s always someone out, pretty much anywhere you go. [So you have no problem late at night?] Well, it’s not as busy as the day, but you can still find people. Since the subways don’t run as often and everyone is tired or drunk or whatever, people might be more likely to get a cab than they would during the day.
Mia Where I hailed him: Union Square Where he hails from: Bangladesh Years as a cabbie: 2 Previous profession: Waiter
In the East and West Village, things are busy at night and people are the most drunk. Right now it’s slow, but later in September things pick up. I think it’s because of college students coming back.
Khaled Where I hailed him: LES Where he hails from: Sudan Years as a cabbie: 3 Previous profession: Security
All along 14th Street is busy at night. What do they call it? A meat market. That’s where people party. Also Avenue A, or Midtown around 33rd and Third. I like it when it’s busy and people are having a good time. But it can be a headache.