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The 7 Most Memorable Rides of 2009

Since I've already gathered my Top 5 cabbie-recommended restaurants for Buenos Aires and New York (so far), I thought it might be fun to flip through my mental archives and see which taxi adventures stood out as a whole this year. In other words, 2009's compilation is about the journey rather than the destination.

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Cab Shot: Holiday in New York

Wherever you are, I wish you a beautiful holiday and lots of happy eating. I'll be back in January with more taxi adventures - from the front and the back seat. Meanwhile, stay tuned for a compilation of the most memorable rides of 2009.

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Tasting Yemen in Brooklyn

'Middle Eastern food' = Yemeni food at Hadramout Restaurant

At Hadramout Restaurant, Al Jazeera broadcasts at high volume. Customers - primarily men - shout in Arabic, drowning out the noise of the news from the restaurant's 12 tables. And the lamb is as close to home as a Yemeni can find in New York…

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Featured Cabbie: Oleg Roitman

This week’s featured cabbie is Oleg Roitman, a New York hack whose nickname is the human computer. In addition to speaking English, Russian and Hebrew, he can tell you precisely which day of the week you were born if you just tell him your birth date.

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Cab Shot: Mexico City Vocho

There are definitely risks involved in running around Mexico City in a green taxi. But if you're a savvy traveler, you can still manage to catch a safe ride in these VW bugs. Here are some tips, courtesy of long-time Mexico City resident Chancho Volador...

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Joe’s West African Soul Food


Mohammed Abdul may be the owner of Accra Restaurant, but the Aunties run the show at this soul food outpost in the Bronx. When I walked into the place on Saturday afternoon, I noticed a banner over the buffet: "You are welcome to the 'original' true African restaurant."

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Featured Cabbie: İhsan Aknur

Every week, we focus the spotlight on a taxi driver whose story inspires us to look at the world through a different lens. This week’s featured cabbie is İhsan Aknur, a happy-go-lucky hack from Istanbul, Turkey who loves his job and readily admits that he’s not normal.

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Into the Driver’s Seat: The Taxi Test

Pedicab on West 29th St.

80 hours of taxi school, six hours of defensive driving instruction, one doctor visit, two trips to the DMV, one trek to the Social Security Administration and two visits to the Taxi & Limousine Commission, and it all comes down to today's taxi test...

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Cab Shot: Rickshaws in Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh is known as the rickshaw capital of the world.

Rickshaw drivers in Dhaka - where Laskar Korshed, the star of this week's taxi adventure, was born - are regarded as the lowest form of life on the roads. But they're known for their artwork, which includes everything from celebrity portraits to the brightly colored silks you see in this photo.

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