Maybe I should change the focus of my blog from points to taxis since I write about them so much. As a newcomer to any city, the lazy way to get around is to take a taxi. It is therefore the expensive way.
Coming from Newark to Brooklyn with far too much luggage, I didn’t take the train or the bus out of convenience and was hit with a $95 Uber bill. This morning I had a meeting and didn’t want to figure out the subway routing. Not only was the bill $37 but it took twice the time to get there. On the way home, I went back to common sense travel sensibilities and took the metro. All is well again.
Apart from being a novice of transport options in NYC, I also learned a valuable lesson today: do not Uber if you are in a hurry to get from point A to point B. The Uber driver, unlike the normal taxi driver, is so focused on his star rating that he doesn’t do what a normal, aggressive taxi driver would do. There’s no cutting people off, honking of the horn, swearing at pedestrians, and running of red lights. Sure I had a bottle of water and a great smelling Toyota Avalon but I would trade that in a second to save a few minutes even if I had to sacrifice a few more dollars.
My favorite experience in NYC was when I rented a car and drove around like a maniac, efficiently getting to where I needed to go. This same urgency is why I probably did so well when I was a cabbie in Arizona as customers didn’t feel like I was taking my time to run up the meter. This style of driving is frowned upon by Uber and in normal circumstances I would prefer it. But, when I’m trying to get to where I’m going, I want a real NYC cabbie, not some passive NYU grad student trying to hold on to his 4.8 rating.