Tag: Taxicabs and Taxicab Drivers

The Bruising Fight Over New York’s Next Taxi Chief

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For months, tensions have mounted between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council over how to respond to a crisis in the taxi industry that has bankrupted hundreds of drivers and led thousands more to the brink of […]

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A Super Bowl Trip, a Bribery Indictment and the Taxi Industry’s Corruption

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For decades, Alan S. Kaufman and Tony Georgiton held immense power in New York City’s taxi industry. Mr. Kaufman led a major credit union that lent money to thousands of drivers. Mr. Georgiton co-owned a fleet that operated 550 […]

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What We Know About the Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case

Weather: Sunny most of the day, with a high near 89. Temperatures will drop to 71 by tonight. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 11. ImageGeoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan.CreditJason Szenes/EPA, via Shutterstock Some of the nude and partly nude images were found inside a locked safe. There were also CDs […]

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What We Know About the Jeffrey Epstein Charges

Weather: Sunny most of the day, with a high near 89. Temperatures will drop to 71 by tonight. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Aug. 11. ImageGeoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan.CreditJason Szenes/EPA, via Shutterstock Some of the nude and partly nude images were found inside a locked safe. There were also CDs […]

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A Bailout for Taxi Drivers? The Mayor Says No, but Others Keep Pushing

After it emerged that thousands of taxi drivers had been lured into reckless loans that left them with overwhelming debt, city leaders took steps to keep it from happening again. They have begun enforcement proceedings against brokers who arranged the loans, arrested a debt collector, strengthened oversight and written new rules. But there is one […]

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Notorious Debt Collector in Taxi Industry Is Arrested

In the rough-and-tumble New York City taxi industry, Anthony J. Medina was an enforcer. For years, Mr. Medina was the go-to debt collector for banks that lent money to drivers seeking to buy a permit to own a cab. If a driver fell behind on payments, it was Mr. Medina’s job to ensure the driver […]

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Taxi Officials Are Grilled Over Lending Crisis: ‘This Is a Moral Outrage’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York City Council excoriated the city officials who oversee the taxi industry on Monday, blaming them for a financial crisis that has ruined drivers and releasing a document that lawmakers said showed the officials knew for years […]

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‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Way and 8 Other Public Spaces Named for Rappers

Weather: Grab an umbrella! Rain all day, easing in the afternoon. High in the low to mid-60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageThe rapper Lil’ Kim speaking at the ceremony announcing Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way in Brooklyn.CreditShannon Stapleton/Reuters This week, Mr. Wallace, who was killed in 1997, got another honor: Fulton Street […]

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Facing Ruin, Taxi Drivers to Get $10 Million Break and Loan Safeguards

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For more than a decade, the New York City agency that oversees the taxi industry stood by while thousands of cabdrivers became mired in reckless loans that saddled them with debt they could not afford and helped lead to […]

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How NYC Taxi Drivers Bought Medallions and Became Victims of a Reckless Lending Scheme

Episode 2: The Myth of the Medallion Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger How does a New York City taxi driver who makes about $22,000 a year get a loan for almost $1 million? Our reporters investigating the taxi industry for “The Weekly” found that a group of under-regulated industry leaders created a financial bubble in the market […]

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The Guests You’ve Met Before

ImageOne of our most memorable guests was a cab driver. We caught up with him this week (though not in this cab).CreditKholood Eid for The New York Times [Want to get this by email? Here’s the sign-up.] There’s a long tradition in journalism of meeting people, interviewing them, telling their stories and then moving on. […]

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What Actually Happened to New York’s Taxi Drivers

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In the past year, many New York City taxi drivers have fallen deeper into debt, even as the city moved to rein in ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. Our colleague explains how the rush to […]

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Your Best Tips for a Better Uber or Lyft Trip

Who, in a million years, ever thought that the ridesharing idea would fly? You’re going to pay total strangers to drive you around in their own cars? Really now? Well, yes. Services like Lyft and Uber may have decimated the taxi industry and clogged big-city streets with cars. But they also allow millions of drivers […]

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