How to Hail a Cab in NYC


If you know me, you know I take cabs often.  I joke that my favorite subway line is the private yellow one, but most often it's a case of working late and I get reimbursed. 

 

I've been surprised to see NYers lifting their arm in traffic then stomping their feet when no one stops.  Friends have admitted they don't know how to tell if a taxi is free or not. 

 

I created this crude little guide to help.

 

Click here for business card guide size version you can print, snip, and carry.

 

I have noticed some newfangled taxi tops of late and they seem to be simplifying it to just a number, on or off .  Maybe it will be a lot more obvious in the near future.

 

Me and my blog are not affiliated with the TLC, please go here for official updates and communications.  I picked 2286 because it was the first four digit number that came to mind (and was my Girl Scout troop as a kid).



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Helping my mom troubleshoot her computer always leads me to the same conclusion, Microsoft products blow.
 



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  • Snow mummy car

Snow mummy car

  • @RobBlatt gave much blood at the doctor today and still at work. No loco for me but if I'm up for coming by when I get out I'll be in touch #
  • @HopeClary Ha! I spotted it last night and was glad they hadn't shoveled when I left this morning. My guess is they will dig it out soon #
  • I just blew raspberries at a coworker To answer a question. Wild Friday night
  • I'll call tonight the one in which I walked ten blocks in the opposite direction so desperate for a cab I almost cried #tragic
  • @randellfever you caught me #
  • @EmilyHanhan Literally almost started pleading my case to others in the same position. "I got blood drawn and my arm hurts" seemed too lame #
  • I celebrate willing, skilled and careful cab drivers (with GPS). 5K** you are my hero
  • @ChazFrench congratulations! smiling and doing a 360 degree wave because I don't know which way is west from here #
  • Cash cab advertisements on NYC taxis, brilliant but cruel
  • @NickStarr makeup shouldn't be so heavy it would matter #
  • @rlangdon cash cab is my secret dream #


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  • Seems the mass transit of NY/NJ site can no longer be accessed by iPhone. Hope it's a fluke because that would be seriously tarded
  • @ZaphodCamden looks like the site has actually just been generally down or flooded all morning #
  • Snowy City this morning



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used to get a sticker or lollipop for going to the doctor, now I want a prize for just making an appointment.



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And then I went to bed. #goodnight



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  • I can't convince the Post Office I'm not a secret shopper. I just listened when I did everything wrong the last time.
  • That was the most thorough and pleasant post office trip ever. After the initial loud signaling cries of "no secret shoppers after 7"


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  • Late for brunch on account of snuggling with @SnowDayTheCat and watching Elvis on YouTube. It's official, I've gone crazy cat lady
  • @noumenontreal  !


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  • What if the Fritos corporation only made band aids?
  • And then my brain started shouting "stop talking stop talking stop talking". Clearly social media is being discussed.
  • @langley congrats! #
  • @robicellis Nice meeting y'all! @RobBlatt & @theAmberShow I so owe you a new couch. #unrelated #notpervy


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  • No Dr Dres are dead. Fact.
  • Give me the cookiepuss
  • Super Grover you have no idea how much you mean to me
  • @theAmberShow So is not. Quoting y'all with no credits. #
  • And then a new cocktail was born "the Gowanus". hint: it has four loco in it. And if you're don't know the Gowanus, it's toxic and has stds
  • "It's like the time I pretended to give my dad 'road head' and we got chased by hillbillies". What? #soquotable
  • @randellfever you're totally right #


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  • fake outdoor greenery offends me

fake outdoor greenery offends me

  • Stupid fire at Fulton street. Stupid non fireproof subways. Stupid lack of cabs. Stupid long day
  • Cabbie has ID flipped so I can't read it. Claims the credit/debit broken. Asked me not to give a "hard time" LIAR cab is so not cash cab.
  • @ChazFrench @chfbrian turns out he's a great guy, I'm learning his life story now. Funny how that happens.
  • @alanpf Good question, it's been too long since I've seen her. You just inspired me to write an email :) #
  • And the comical conclusion "cash or card?" I say "thought card machine was broken" "cash or card?" I told him he was a jerk and we laughed


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  • Creepy robot cockroach bird infestation at Jay St. Metrotech subway station

Creepy robot cockroach bird infestation at Jay St. Metrotech subway station



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  • Started craving ramen while listening to Alanis Morrisette. Pavlovian college like flashback i guess
  • @AnissaMayhew start a bedbug rumor :) #
  • God this thing is such a hideous monstrosity http://post.ly/1UY3y
  • My brother was like "Yo I heard they banned four loco in NYC," we are now on a mission. I will return with caffeinated booze.
  • @robblatt you're welcome

  • @starmike it's disgusting, I can now attest #
  • @RobBlatt I might have #
  • Some pre-dinner sledding with my brother and cousins for teh win
  • #boobs

  • Improvised high chair or a baby tied to a chair. We should totally open a daycare

  • Your mom


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  • This hand drier is probably sick of repeating itself

  • @elliottcarlson that hand drier does not like you #
  • This week is so over, as I am it


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Hell is having to print on another floor because IT left hours ago



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  • Woke up from a dead sleep and am positively fighting the urge to go for a walk in the snow globe that is outside my window #OMG #SnowDay
  • @tapps You said snow blower! Cue the confetti! OMG so giddy! #
  • @tapps OMG! Snowgasm! OMG! #


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Silly mta started running the 4/5 local in anticipation of the snow…before it started and my trip home took FOREVER. This city is goofy.



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  • Just clicking about the twitters in leui of sleep. Your wit makes me swoon.
  • church people are ringing my doorbell and i have to go pick up my breakfast. trapped!


NYC snippets from around the web


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Maybe garbage will be picked up today, then again, maybe not.



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  • Re-watching Dogma since listening to the various smods @thatkevinsmith makes me laugh like a psycho madwoman on the subway to every morning
  • @TheDiva there's so much more now, jay and silent bob get old, etc…check out the smodcast network. ewe, i sound like an ad. #


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  • @rockingjude Thanks to you! Now it's a full on Alanis dance party of one over here. #
  • OMG tomorrow is really monday and with it reality. EWE.
  • I think I liked it better when the iPhone alarm wasn't working
  • At the salon

  • OMG if it were orange it might be a bit fifth element

  • @CocteauBoy @HopeClary thanks. Just got the eyebrows tended to, they're much more umm obvious now
  • @MeadowsLing You'd be surprised, I find it easier. You can tuck them back with a clip and they blend or bust out the iron and let 'em down. #
  • Paid for a haircut today. Just got an email from Frederic Fekkai for a complimentary cut. This is my life.
  • screw tops for beauty products are just stupid. flip-tops are so much better.
  • is wondering why I buy recycling bags and separate my trash when my landlord re-bags everything in big nondescript trash bags.


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  • @theambershow inspired me, I'm finally cleaning out google reader and attempting to actually use it
  • @usermac food arrived 3 hours later. after midnight. ridiculous #
  • First thing I'm noticing about my google reader subscriptions from many moons ago is I used to care a lot more about Film. #unsubscribe
  • I REALLY hate the "new" twitter. When it goes away I can't imagine checking in that often. Bummer.
  • @solobasssteve embraced the old school url awhile back, don't wanna use an app. stomps feet, doesn't like change ;) #
  • @MeadowsLing. Try putting it in your mouth. That made me throw mine out once and for all. #
  • A week after the storm and I'm stuck in a cab spinning tires in the snow on a Brooklyn side street. #WTF NYC
  • 1st date of 2011. Cue "Get Into the Groove" or something else goofy, celebratory, err something


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  • RT baratunde @Guys, 2011 is boring already. Bring on 2012!!! Woooo!! #
  • OH "what's on tlc?" "what not to hoard". We so totally believed it.
  • These birds are totally doing it

  • New Years Eve cock! OMG!

  • Clock alarm going off in another apartment and cat is kinda backwards cowgirl smacking my face with her tail. 2011 – imagined a better start
  • 2 1/2 hours since I ordered dinner. Still not here. 9 minutes til I become a gremlin.