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Checkered New York Career

231239-273871-thumbnail.jpgFrom Cool News of the Day "It is illegal to charge for rides in Checker cabs in New York City because they are old and discontinued, but that hasn't stopped Ray Kottler (who is also old but refuses to be discontinued), as reported by Conrad Mulcahy in The New York Times. Ray will pick you up for free. "It's a free ride," he explains to passengers, "and if you want you can give me free money." Right -- tips. It's "perfectly legal" and many passengers are quite generous about it: "Young people give me $20 when it's an $8 ride," says Ray.

Why wouldn't they? "Those who have experienced the oceanic interior" of a Checker Cab "speak wistfully of a paradise on wheels. Eyes light up at the words 'jump seat' and descriptions of nearly unlimited legroom are savored like a porterhouse at Peter Luger's ... Something about the feel of the seats, the sound of the engine and all that legroom transports the passenger back in time." As he drives "his 1982 Checker cab down Ninth Avenue at a modest 10 miles an hour," Ray "knows the allure remains" and that "free is a state of mind." He's 80 years old and has been a cabbie for 59 of those years. "There's a lot that I can point out," he says. No kidding. More than perhaps he realizes.


A good taxi blog here at newyorkhack.blogspot from a lady cabbie.

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Reader Comments (95)

That's so sweet. God NYC is cool.

: )
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSouthernBelle
Mmm, Peter Luger. Great steaks. Mmm.

I've never ridden in a Checker Cab but now I so want to fly off to NYC!!
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Someone has to meet this cabbie and take some photos for us. Let's make him famous!
February 16, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
New York sucks, I hate the friggin' place!!!

Every time I've been there...... oh wait.... I've never been there.

Oh well, I'm sure it's fucked anyway!!
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Pervy
Pervy, why didn't you attend last night?
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
I love racing stripes on cars and these checkered ones are so cool!
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Yeh Pervy ya squid rooter, where were you?
Morning all
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
No one invited me, you all hate me.

February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Pervy
Pigs arse Pervy, all you need to do is bring along a couple of trouts to spear and you can come to ANY function of your choice.
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
Pervy, I've said it before and I'll say it again - just email me - hit WCS below my post or ask Mal for my email.
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
Can someone wake Fingers up, please? Vic has posted on the Valentines Debt piece at Radar, and it's his turn to be offensive about fisting...
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
I reckon fingers has a shocking hangover from his do last night. You can wake him Mountjoy.
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
i bet you he's like a bear with a sore head when he's got the hangover.
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermex
Lambe, when you wake up, go here and have a look at a real camel toe tribute:


That's the place that inspired my Haiky fetish - and pisses all over those wannabes at Ratemycameltoe...
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
I'm awake. But not for much longer. You know you can post on "Shoot the Shit" without my having to put it up. (No I didn't say "get it up")
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Pervy, for you:

Granny in spandex.
Distended pastrami flaps
Trigger gag reflex.

and one for fingers

Young teens, sunny beach
Camera focus, oh young toe
Oh shit, it's the cops


Yo-yo in your pants
Or just happy to see me?
Pick-up line needs work.

Oh, and another for pervy

Her jeans betray her
Tenth grade math, sixth period
My first toe spotting.

February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
Put it up...
Get it up...
Mick Jagger even said "slide it up" in the middle of Start Me Up...

It's all the same shit, just in a different bucket.
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
Heheheh, nice one Donnie!
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
back in 90 mins people - gotta drive to work....
February 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMountjoy
I feel so ill.
Badly need a pig and egg sandwich.
Here's some free advice for all of you; never eat more than 100 oysters in an evening.
So, who was worst on ground at your love-in ??
Did anyone end up with a lampshade on their head...

February 16, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers

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