"This isn’t a romantic
panorama of New York...It’s New York
from the driver’s
capturing the workings of a perhaps too-little
profession, while also revealing the impact of the
Recession in an
way.” – Indiewire
“8 out of 10
stars” – Pop
“The New York
consists of 6174 miles of mostly asphalt roads and legend has it
that a real
yellow cab driver knows this jungle like the back of his hand.
Jean Tsien and Joshua Weinstein mixed with the colorful
community of drivers,
mechanics and office clerks working for a long-established taxi
Queens to document that the original ideal of the common man’s
Big Apple is
still very much alive and present in this slightly seedy
– Ralph Eue
My family is the
hardworking sort, who
immigrated to New York with little
besides the dust in their
my mom’s father was a tall
mustachioed mechanic who
would cause metal
detectors to alarm because of WW II shrapnel still stuck in his
later trying to unionize a mechanic shop in Queens he lost his
job, and ended
up driving a taxi for the last decade of his career.
Jack boasted about picking
up Chubby Checker
and knowing the quickest route to anywhere in the city. He also
got my mom a
job driving a livery cab while she was in college.
For my grandfather work was
the way he
supported his family and created
a better life for them. But
being a good
father, and husband wasn’t
only reason he coveted his
defined who he was to the
community and himself.
What compels someone to
drive this cities
6,174 miles; through traffic, and
torrential rain and block
blizzards? Everyone who drives a cab
spends hundreds of dollars
a week just to
rent a shiny golden car and take
a chance. There are easier
ways to make a
living but cab drivers are
iconoclasts, loners, gamblers, and the
ones who chose to come to
New York City
and go for broke.
film about New York City’s most famous
profession, but it is also
about what the
profession gives back to the people who are a part of it.
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