The chickens have come home to roost and I love every minute of it. We all know, the “Yellow Cab” industry had quite the monopoly in New York City for years and now it is crumbling. It was almost impossible to get a cab to take you out of the city a few years ago. Hailing a cab and taking it to Harlem was out of the question. The farthest I would get is east 96th street, along with a constant scrutinizing eye on me, from the cab driver, as we made our trek uptown. Let’s not forget the appalling treatment of the African American and other minority communities as well.The chickens have come home to roost now that the rideshare game is in full force. What amazes me more than anything else, is that instead of coming up with an innovative way to combat the rideshare industry, the medallion owners cry “foul”. What a bunch of crap, they went and cried to mommy(New York City Council), that they can’t compete. So what does mommy do, they cap the number of rideshare vehicles for one year and require that drivers be paid a minimum wage as well.
I am all for drivers getting paid a consistent wage and getting paid more. Driving on the road 8-12 hours a day is a tough gig. “Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. I couldn’t disagree more with this statement. What does ride-share have to do with driving working “New Yorkers” into poverty. Funny, I thought “Gentrification” is what is driving working “New Yorkers” into poverty.
Gridlock, rideshare is the cause of that too, according to our mayor. Forget about the fact that almost every street in the city is under construction with lane closures. What about everywhere you look there is a new luxury building going up? How many more glass atrocities do we need in the city?
What’s funny about rideshare is that we have already been doing it. Brooklyn, and all the other boroughs established the “Dollar Van”. I can’t speak for Staten Island, I have no clue what they did or how they take a cab to that borough. The “Dollar Van” has been and currently is the equalizer to the “Yellow Cab” industry.
I was in a “Yellow Cab” this morning and it was the usual. The cab stunk, the driver had a piss-poor attitude and of course he didn’t want to leave the city. He better remember something, Uber and Lyft drivers have no problem leaving the city. I have no problem replacing the “Yellow Cab” with a nice, comfortable and enjoyable ride with one of the many rideshare apps at my disposal. “Yellow Cabs” are a part of New York City history, however it’s a part I don’t mind saying goodby too.