What’s the Prettiest Place in the City? 

We think the prettiest place in New York is outside whatever café or bar or restaurant we’re sitting at, watching all the people walk by. Sure, that might seem a little vague, and it kind of dodges the question a wee bit, but we’re going to stick with that answer.
   
Coleman
Where I hailed him: Union Square
Where he hails from: The Bronx
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Limo driver
Anywhere along the water, I guess. Especially when you leave Manhattan. I always like it when I have a customer who needs me to drive across the Brooklyn Bridge, going into the city. That’s where you probably get the best views. I don’t know why people prefer living in Manhattan to other areas. Wouldn’t you rather look into the city than out of it?
   
Ramelan
Where I hailed him: West Village
Where he hails from: Indonesia
Years as a cabbie: 16
Previous profession: Always a driver
Let me tell you: this is not a pretty city. Everything is concrete or dirty, and there’s always shit on the ground, or graffiti, or places that are all run down. [It’s not all like that, is it?] Fine. Central Park, then. Somewhere in it where you can’t see any streets. The least city-like place in the city.

Hafiz
Where I hailed him: Midtown
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 4
Previous profession: Pizza delivery person
Liberty Park. Anywhere you can see the Statue of Liberty. That’s what all the tourists say, anyway. If you get really chatty tourists in here, that’s the thing they always talk about the most. ‘We saw the Statue! It was so beautiful!’
   
TAHIK
Where I hailed him: Madison Square Park
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 4
Previous profession: Teacher
I don’t think you can say one place in New York is more beautiful than another, I think they are all beautiful in their own way. But I will say that for me, Bayside, in Queens, is very green and has a lot of parks. It reminds me of Kashmir. Naturally speaking, Kashmir is more beautiful than New York, but in a different sense. New York and Kashmir are both bigger than you are. And they say if you have a problem in your soul, then Kashmir will scare you. But if you are ok in your soul, then Kashmir will inspire you. I am sure New York is the same. Anything bigger than you is like that: it will magnify what you have inside of you. Because the buildings in New York are like the mountains of Kashmir. If your soul is ok, New York will make you feel really great. But if you have something wrong in your conscience, it will scare you. Just like Kashmir.

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