One of the best – and most aknowledged – thing of New York is how cheap the taxis are in New York City.
I’m not a true taxi fan: I prefer walking, and walking, and walking when I’m in a new place: I can feel the vibe of the Country I’m visiting, I can put on trial the serendipity and see what fate decides to make me discover.
But well, when you’re on move through the city at night, it could happen you have to take one of the yellow cabs. Especially when the weather is so fucking freezing.
So, fact is: it’s incredible how unexpensive is travel via taxi in Manhattan.
You may not know it, but Italy is walking through a huge turbolence of economical reforms to survive the global crisis. One of that regards the taxi system, which is not competitive (license are sold via a huge amoun of money from private taxidriver to private taxidriver, and there is just a fixed amount of them) and too expensive for customers. Now the new Govern decide to liberalize taxi-license, aiming to improve the market competition.
Well, taxidrivers didn’t take it well, and are going on with several strikes in order to block this reform.
Yesterday night I went from Central Park to the 38th Street, flowing through the 5th Avenue: I paid just 8 dollars. In Italy, at night, I pay 8 dollars just as the start of the cab fare.
So, this is my reaction to the taxidriver strike in Italy:
Nice try guys, better luck for the next one.