October 6, 2003

adventures in nyc driving

POST #    435

since driving in new york city is often mundane, with the traffic and all, i play two games that add some fun to the experience.

first, i play beat the taxi. the best way of playing beat the taxi is at a red light. taxis in new york love to creep forward at the red lights and then surge ahead right when they turn green, sometimes even before so. they do this because the faster the go, the higher the passenger turnover, which means more money. i like to beat them off the line, while not breaking the law by going when the light is red.

second, i like to see how many blocks i can go before hitting a red light. this can only be attempted on avenues, since they tend to change one by one in order. today i went from the nexus of the universe (1st and 1st) to 42nd and 1st without hitting a red light. this was during rush hour too. the best way to do this is to start when the don't walk light just starts flashing. at this time, most of the traffic is already further up the road, resulting in less congestion.

it should be noted that if you try these, you should obey all traffic laws.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 10:45 PM



you have a car??

man - we need to get you a hobby ;)

Posted by: jeannette at October 7, 2003 10:17 AM

I once played the "have your car towed to a deep pit in the South Bronx and have to take the train all over creation while hemorrhaging cash in order to get the paperwork that let's you meet a man with a gun in the Pit to give you back your car with the now broken window" game once, so I think that obeying the law idea isn't so far off ...

Posted by: Oscar at October 7, 2003 10:22 AM

jeannette - my parents have two cars. and they are both in the city right now. it's complicated.

oscar - that sounds like quite an adventure. my dad has been on that several times. this dude from london needs to come here.

Posted by: tien at October 7, 2003 10:27 AM

jeez.. how could you hold out this info on us.. think of all the trips to target and trader joe's we've missed out on!!!!!! jeannette, i think tien is taking us up to new england to see the autumn leaves this year!!!

i quit driving over 2 years ago when i moved to nyc.. that didnt stop me from recently getting my nyc drivers license though! i think they will give one to anyone without a test or anything.. you just need a face and a social security card.

Posted by: rachelleb at October 7, 2003 3:43 PM

i would be down to see leaves, assuming a car and i will be here, and that the leaves are still up.

i actually don't have a nyc license. dram, they be giving those licenses away. makes me feel really secure.

Posted by: tien at October 7, 2003 3:50 PM

where is your license from??

this is a great quote: "The sign proved a hit, although he had to remove it, he said, "when a guy on a motorbike in traffic nearly fell off his bike, he was laughing so hard." " ha!

one bonus of not having a car in the city is that you don't have to deal with the draconian traffic/parking laws here.

2 cars?? leaf-peeping!! trader joe's!! ikea!! let us know when you want to go on a field trip! :)

Posted by: jeannette at October 9, 2003 12:12 PM

my license is from PA...parents have a house. oh so many things to do, i know.

parking isn't so bad if you can drive to work. post new apartment, i might be getting a car. i was thinking mini.

Posted by: tien at October 9, 2003 1:37 PM


Posted by: jeannette at October 10, 2003 1:37 AM

my daughter was killed at 14 because of idiotic drivers like you!!! Just a couple of seconds before it turns green, and you could kill someone. Imagine if you were driving completely safely, and all of a sudden comes this speeding car, the guy inside wants to beat a taxi driver and so crashes straight into you and leaves you bleeding so much, you'd prefer to die then suffer the pain again.

Posted by: roberta at January 29, 2004 3:48 PM

while i'm sorry for your loss roberta, i only go when the light actually turns green. and at 14, shouldn't your daughter be old enough to know that she needs to look both ways if she was walking? and if you were driving, and it is "just a couple of seconds before it turns green," that would mean the light is yellow. therefore, you're not really driving completely safely, are you?

Posted by: tien at January 29, 2004 4:08 PM

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