After spending my youth watching hundreds of people in hundreds of movies flagging an iconic New York City taxi and taking a ride, I was keen to have a go myself.
I have to be honest, the movies I have seen appear to view the whole getting a cab in NYC through rose tinted spectacles – FYI it is NOT as easy as it looks. New York is loud, the roads are busy, and despite every 9 out of ten vehicles on the road seeming to be a taxi they are all full most of the time. Standing on the curb, flailing an arm in the air casually and yelling “taxi” SJP Sex-and-the-City style is not going to work. I found the most successful approach was to spot a taxi that someone was about to alight and running bat-out-of-hell style towards it before it drove off without you!
Once you get in your taxi (although some of the drivers are reluctant to take you if it is a short fare) it is quite a fun experience. Being on the wrong side of the road, mental traffic rules, having a TV showing adverts and being able to pay by credit card all make it an exciting experience for an out-of-towner like myself. I found the taxis very reasonably priced and they feel a lot safer than here in the UK because with them all being the same it seems more official. Yes I could definitely have gotten used to traveling everywhere in them!