Because New York is broke and yellow cabs are notorious for refusing to drive people to places like Brooklyn, Governor Andrew Cuomo worked out a deal with Mayor Bloomberg to allow livery cabs to pick up street hails in Upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, just like they have been doing for years, except now it’s legal.

Great, this is just what the city needs, even more zoomy cars on the streets. But it still doesn’t really solve the problem of getting yellow cabbies to refuse taking fares outside of Manhattan, so this is a victory how exactly? Oh right, the money. Between all the new medallions and newly installed meter, this plan should bring in about a billion dollars. (Photo: bitchcakesny/flickr)