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01.08.15 Rhett Jones

As NYC taxi drivers continue to face stiff competition from new services like Uber and the outer borough “green taxi” program, the price of the medallions has dropped considerably. The average price is reportedly $805,000 today, which is a 23% drop from the 2013 peak of $1.05 million. Medallions are essentially a business license for cab drivers. There are a […]

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12.04.14 Prachi Gupta

San Francisco-based taxi app start-up Uber has come under a lot of scrutiny from all sides recently, with accusations of sexism, breaches of privacy with customer data, and allegations of unfair pay. The multiple controversies have worried New York City councilmembers that Uber is not in compliance with city law, and at a hearing on […]

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12.01.14 Rhett Jones

According to reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to eventually adopt electric “horseless carriages” over the horse-drawn carriages, is close to introducing legislation to ban carriage horses in NYC. Capital New York reports that no licenses for horse-drawn carriages will be renewed in 2016. Christina Hansen, spokesperson for the New York City Horse Carriage Association, […]

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11.12.14 Rhett Jones

Henry S. Farber, an economist at Princeton, has performed an exhaustive study of NYC’s taxi data and weather patterns over the last four years and he thinks the research has produced a pretty good explanation for why it’s so hard to get a cab in the rain. Using a small subset of the enormous amount […]

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08.05.14 Sophie Weiner

Using the same FOIL request that gave us information on every taxi ride from 2013, I Quant NY‘s Ben Wellington bring us some more helpful data analysis. Behold, the best and worst times of the day for traffic in New York. Wellington found that, strangely, there isn’t a real rush hour in the city. Instead, the average speed […]

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07.25.14 Marina Galperina

“I was sitting in traffic when all of a sudden a taxi jumped on the sidewalk,” writes YouTube dash-cam fan NY DashCams about his or her only video. Watch as a taxi driver decides to circumvent a traffic jam by brazenly driving down the sidewalk, getting stuck, trying to turn a corner, and getting stuck some more. […]

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06.24.14 Sophie Weiner

Since the installation of GPS trackers which record the beginning and end locations of each trip, taxi rides have been automatically creating a massive amount of data. Artists Chris Whong and Andrés Monroy used New York’s Freedom of Information Law to get access to this data, and Eric Fischer — one of our favorite data cartographers — created this map visualization. Here are […]

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04.26.13 Joseph Schulhoff

The Style Management Taxi Company in Hell’s Kitchen is the lucky recipient of two of the six shiny new all-electric Nissan Leafs that are being interjected into the city’s taxi fleet. The pilot program is the latest attempt by the Taxi and Limousine Commission to put more fuel efficient cabs on the streets. “It’s exciting […]

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03.19.13 Dan Speiser

Cab Roulette is a recurring series in which comedian Dan Speiser interviews cab drivers about their experiences on the job. This is Saquib, a Pakistani father who hates military drones and loves playing Command and Conquer with his son. Episode 1: Abdulai Episode 2: Tony Episode 3: Adama Episode 4: Santos Episode 5: Sam Episode 6: Chowdhry Episode 7: Adams Episode 8: Induhussein Episode […]

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01.29.13 Dan Speiser

Cab Roulette is a recurring series in which comedian Dan Speiser interviews cab drivers about their experiences on the job. This week Dan meets Induhussein, a former accounting teacher from Bangladesh, who doesn’t drink or smoke but does get down to some Bangladeshi music. Episode 1: Abdulai Episode 2: Tony Episode 3: Adama Episode 4: […]

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