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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

When she was growing up, my mother's family had a couple restaurants on and about Times Square. When I was little my uncle had sold them and opened porno shops in the same area.

Baller!!
post #1262 of 7484
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

My limited grasp of history is that New York was resoundingly shitty before he got in office, but by the time he left, New York was only quite shitty. He seems to be credited with saving the city from bankruptcy, although the stature of that claim seems to be undermined by the obviousness of its problems to anybody whose career track wasn't dependent on city hall. Regardless, New York's era of shittiness is endlessly fascinating and I wish to hear moar. And what is the general opinion about Beame and Dinkins and Guliani?

He didn't save the city, that was done by Richard Ravitch, Felix Rohatyn and Hugh Carey. It all happened under the Abe Beame administration. Koch cut spending in order to pay down the loans used to save NYC. Paid them off early.

Beame was a joke, one of the old-school machine guys. Koch and his group were reform Dems, the opposite of Beame's crew.
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Thread Starter 
I would say the city had two nadirs, the first was the late Lindsay era through the fiscal crisis and the crazy arson summer of 1977. Things got slowly better after that, some of it owing to Koch and (later) to the WS boom in the Reagan era which flooded the city with money.

The second coincides almost totally with the Dinkins mayoralty, which was an almost unmitigated disaster. NY peak crime year was 1990.
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apolagies if this has been posted before

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Yep, I'm definitely part of the green. censored.gif
post #1266 of 7484
So I just stepped into this cab. I'm in TriBeCa.

41st and broadway please
41st?
Yeah, 4-1, 41st
That's uptown, yes?
Err..... Yes, uptown to 41st and broadway
Broadway is uptown?
Please just drive up 6th avenue, thank you!

Let's see if we get there...
post #1267 of 7484
I'm 100% sure he isn't a licensed taxi driver
And about 75% sure that he doesn't have a drivers license
post #1268 of 7484
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

So I just stepped into this cab. I'm in TriBeCa.

41st and broadway please
41st?
Yeah, 4-1, 41st
That's uptown, yes?
Err..... Yes, uptown to 41st and broadway
Broadway is uptown?
Please just drive up 6th avenue, thank you!

Let's see if we get there...

i had a post similar to this a while back. But this thread is 85 pages, and the search function crashed for me, so you'll just have to believe me.
post #1269 of 7484
I hate that shit. Always annoys me when cabbies ask you how to get to places from the airport. You're the cab driver, not me--I never drive in this city.

But yeah, 41st and Broadway is way worse than that. facepalm.gif
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I had a cabbie who I could tell was brand new. I said Chelsea Piers, he had a confused look on his face, so I just gave him turn by turn navigation. He was REALLY thankful.
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There used to be a test for these guys. Have they dropped it?

 

I drive by Chelsea Piers all the time, but have never been. What exactly goes on there?

 

lefty

post #1272 of 7484
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

So I just stepped into this cab. I'm in TriBeCa.

41st and broadway please
41st?
Yeah, 4-1, 41st
That's uptown, yes?
Err..... Yes, uptown to 41st and broadway
Broadway is uptown?
Please just drive up 6th avenue, thank you!

Let's see if we get there...

You can tell when someone is on their mobile by the way it autocorrects Tribeca.
post #1273 of 7484
if there is, its clearly nowheres near as thorough as London's
post #1274 of 7484
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

There used to be a test for these guys. Have they dropped it?

I drive by Chelsea Piers all the time, but have never been. What exactly goes on there?

lefty

It's a big sports complex.

http://www.chelseapiers.com/index.cfm

And I love when cabbies ask "Which way do you want to go?" I tell them "The quickest one."
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I guess that's a clever idea. Always looked like madness to get in there on a weekend.

 

lefty

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