There Are No Cabs In NYC!

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As a result of my recent foot surgeries, I haven't been able to ride my beloved bike while recuperating, so I've had to resort to the transportation mode that lots of other New Yorkers rely on:

Cabs!

But there aren't any!

I actually had to miss a screening of the Madonna movie after 20 minutes of standing in the street like a doof, waiting for an available cab that never came.

Oh, there were cabs all right. But they were all occupied and blithely whizzing by me like lost opportunities, even with me flirtaciously showing a little knee.

And if one does miraculously appear, hundreds of people suddenly jump out of the bushes like sink roaches, leaving you even more bruised and desolate than before.

It's an insane situation. You're willing to pay a fortune just to sit in traffic and eventually go 10 blocks to your destination, but it won't happen because no one's available to take you there!

After seeing a Broadway show, I actually had to hobble all the way home in my surgical shoes, realizing halfway there that a cab was never gonna come any more than my dream man on a freshly cleaned white horse.

And yes, I know about subways, but I didn't want to limp up and down steps and make a lot of transfers, and buses never seem to take you exactly where you need to be. (And besides, who wants to wait for them out in the freezing cold? In surgical shoes?)

And I'm certainly not going to take my life in my hands with a pedicab.

Get in one of those and you have a 40 percent survival rate (though the "drivers" are always cute).

Anyway, I will be back on my bike any minute now.

And I won't be missing appointments.


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Guest
Guest

Um, car service? Just saying...

Corine
Corine

Buses are the best way to go just bundle up.

latenitebump
latenitebump

i had to walk! i couldn´t get a cab! oh! boo-hoo. i´m so sorry for you paris hilton!

Roi
Roi

Maybe you, the eternal idiot, didn't understand that he had just had foot surgery and was in bandages and in surgical shoes. 

latenitebump
latenitebump

look! hemma-rhoi. he´s lucky he can afford a cab. plus, ten blocks isn´t very far to walk. bad feet or not. there´s other modes of transport. if he had a man; he can be carried home!think! girlfriend!

latenitebump
latenitebump

yeah! let´s hope. but really i have a vagina!

Glenn
Glenn

He's lucky he can afford a cab? He worked his ass off his whole life, as an out gay man. It was determination, not luck.  And 10 blocks isn't very far to walk after foot surgery??? You're insane.

VonD
VonD

Maybe they mistook you for a black man. Feel proud, girl, you've joined our world!

alexgeana
alexgeana

I hate to say, but there is the subway :-/

Musto
Musto

I had just had foot surgery and couldn't hobble up and down the subway steps.

Slwolitz
Slwolitz

the truth is cabs are impossible to find especially between 4-7:30. And then the limousines stop and offer to give you a ride at twice the cost of a cab. When one finds a cab by chance, "where are you going?" means, if I don;t like where you are going, I am not taking you." This is especially true of certain immigrant  groups better not named to protect those good people who have been exceptions and deserve praise for doing the right thing.

Whimsy
Whimsy

Yikes. Isn't that illegal?

getmani!
getmani!

It's only illegal if you're already in the cab. If they ask where you're going before you enter they can refuse. If they refuse once you're inside, you can take them to court....not really worth the trouble though.

Abel
Abel

A person as distinguished as yourself deserves his own limousine.  When contract renewal time arrives, demand one!

MSpeer
MSpeer

Most drivers are just a bunch of heels anyway....

Timmmyk
Timmmyk

I can't believe how many inconsiderate upstreamer shits there are (happened to me too, trying to hail cabs with my amazingly painful broken wrist), but Larry David knows all too well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Musto
Musto

I have to say things have gotten better in the last few days and I've managed to scare up some available cabs. But in December, forget it.

greggzuk
greggzuk

Musty, I'll give you a complimentary scheduled pedicab ride, if it pleases you. Been pedaling safely and sustainably for 9 years now. Ask for the owner! www.revolutionrickshaws.com

Wawa
Wawa

You missed the Madonna movie? Count your blessings.

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