Well, it wasn’t very far, but it sure as hell took long enough. We grabbed a taxi in the East Village needing to get to Penn Station real quick, and the cabbie decided to take us uptown on Park Avenue and across town on 27th Street. We totally missed our train. And all the trains the next day. And basically the rest of our lives.
Where I hailed him: West Village Where he hails from: Brooklyn Years as a cabbie: 7 Previous profession: Delivery boy
I guess just going up and down the island. [Manhattan?] Yeah. I can’t really think of anything besides that. A lot of times, especially around the holidays, you get the Wall Street guys who take a cab from the Financial District up to the Upper East Side. Depending on traffic and whatnot, that can seem like a long ways.
Where I hailed him: LES Where he hails from: Niger Years as a cabbie: 4 Previous profession: Mover
Probably have to be one of the times I took someone to or from the airport. JFK and LaGuardia are far out there, and most people who have hotels or something have them in Manhattan, so it’s a distance. I’d guess that’d be it. I can’t think of anything else.
Where I hailed him: Midtown Where he hails from: Israel Years as a cabbie: 5 Previous profession: Street vendor
Far out into Queens, I guess. I don’t like to go too far, because the tips aren’t much better for higher fares, and it’s hard to get other customers out there, far away from the city. You don’t want to drive back empty and waste all your gas.
Where I hailed him: Greenpoint Where he hails from: Bangladesh Years as a cabbie: 7 Previous profession: Electrical engineer
The farthest I’ve ever gone is Long Island. You get people asking to go out there sometimes. I forget what exit was the farthest I ever took them, but it was about a $150 fare. Usually it’s people from Manhattan wanting to go out there. You’ll get about a $20 tip for a ride like that.
ISHTIAQ Where I hailed him: Midtown West Where he hails from: Pakistan Years as a cabbie: 16 Previous profession: Construction worker
The farthest I ever go, really, is JFK. You go to Jersey a lot of times, especially at night, but that’s not very far, just across the river. Last week I took someone up to Westchester, but that’s not really that far — it’s actually about the same distance to Westchester as it is to JFK.