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New York City cabs taking a lap around the state capital on May 25 to encourage the legislature to pass the Taxi Driver Protection Act..

One trip to Albany to help pass the Taxi Driver Protection Act, one reggae-singing cabbie from Queens who really knows his way around a burrito, and one taxi driver who arrived in NYC via Alexandria and told me about a couscous platter in Little Egypt that's only available on Fridays...

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From the Driver’s Seat: Hysterical Bride, Repeated Pita

Wilfredo repairing my busted brake light. Thanks to him, I now know to check the Daily News on Fridays to get updates on weekend street closures.

I wasn't sure why the cop started flashing his lights at me when I turned left onto 72nd St. from Park Avenue, but I decided to let the hyperventilating bride-to-be in the passenger seat ("We're getting PULLED over?!") do the talking when he sauntered up to my window.

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My favorite shot from my last shift.

Did the Great Argentine Empanada Crawl (Queens version) lead to the golden empanada? Who will win the Passenger of the Month Award? Where do you eat that's not McDonald's when you're having an exceptionally slow taxi driving day and you don't think you can cover your daily lease fees at the garage?

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A cabbie struggles to resuscitate his tire at the gas station on Houston & Lafayette. Score one for the potholes.

More on the continuing search for a bona-fide Argentine empanada in New York City, plus an invitation to an empanada crawl in Queens. From the driver's seat: one of my passengers dishes about the experience of being reviewed in The New York Times. What he said may (or may not) surprise you...

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Following Tariq’s Trail

Peaking into the kitchen at Sahara Restaurant.

As I breathed in the scent of roasting eggplant and listened to the faux waterfall trickle onto Sahara Restaurant‘s patio, I hoped that the long journey to cabbie Tariq‘s favorite Turkish food in New York had been worth it. A kicky breeze stirred the grapevines overhead while women in saris ...

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From the Driver’s Seat: Lady Power & Korean Fast Food

Taxis waiting for passengers at the Port Authority bus terminal. My cab's at the front of the line.

It may have only lasted 20 seconds, but the rendezvous with the lady taxi driver on E.16th St and Union Square West on Sunday was enough to make me feel as if I actually belonged among the ranks of New York cabbies. We were both stuck in the traffic jam ...

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name (in Punjabi)

The $6 vegetarian lunch platter. No chilis necessary (for me).

One of the many mysteries I've wondered about since I started driving a cab is why so many cabbies hang out near the taxi stand on 9th Ave/20th St. Starting around 10am, almost every car on the block is a hack's. Today, thanks to a tip from Salem P., I tasted the reason...

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