Posts tagged NYC
It was as if we somehow topped the usual absurdity they see in the ghetto—now it was some Batman-and-Robin routine with an older Chinese man who doesn’t speak English with a NEW YORK ball cap and his skinny white-dude sidekick zipping around Bronx streets late at night with packages of chicken wings.
It’s time for you to read this very well-written story of life behind the glass at a Chinese delivery restaurant in Mott Haven.

NYC will no longer require Taxi TVhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/nyregion/new-nyc-livery-cabs-wont-have-to-have-tvs.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

evangotlib:

dbreunig:

Respite!

In a nod to years of griping from captive passengers, taxi officials agreed to let the owners of the new cabs decide whether to install the screens, which are required in the city’s 13,000 yellow taxis.

“With Taxi TV, there’s a diversity of opinion as to the value for passengers,” David S. Yassky, the taxi and limousine commissioner, said rather delicately. “So it makes more sense to leave it up to the taxi owners.”

Translation: no one liked them except for the media companies who drove their adoption. File Taxi TV with QR codes, Cuecat, mobile TV, TV check-in apps and other products spurred by marketing and media company desires rather than actual consumer demand or use cases.

I’d argue NFC payments (in their current form) fall under this umbrella as well. But that’s a longer post. (Via NYT)

Taxi TV can not disappear fast enough.

Rejoice! If we had a nickel for every time we fumbled to hit mute on Taxi TV, well, we’d sure have a lot of nickels, I’ll tell you.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg lands on the cover of this week’s Newsweek International, tied to our piece on his plan for “world domination.” [Insert snide remark related to said world domination about Zuccotti Park missteps here!]

Mayor Mike Bloomberg lands on the cover of this week’s Newsweek International, tied to our piece on his plan for “world domination.” [Insert snide remark related to said world domination about Zuccotti Park missteps here!]

No, sick passenger is code for “dead customer ON the train”. Often times it actually IS a sick passenger though - sick usually refers to some kind of bodily injury, rather than someone puking or passing out, and the delays are mainly from the MTA doing an investigation to cover their asses when that customer eventually files a lawsuit.

“Police investigation” is the code for a suicide by train. Service will be disrupted for about a half hour, usually. I’ve seen it mess up things for as long as 3 hours though.

A NY MTA train conductor doing an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit.

I will never feel the same again when I hear about a 4/5/6 train delay due to “a police investigation.” 

The whole AMA is a must read for NYC subway riders. 

(via bestrooftalkever)

This whole thing is great.

(via alittlespace)

Dear God. But wait— so is “sick passenger” always a dead person or only sometimes a dead person? How do you know the difference?

(via alittlespace)