Anyone who’s ever lived in New York City will tell you that in New York, taxi drivers are a breed apart. I’ve lived here for many years, and even after all that acclimation, I still sit in the back of cabs, my hands covering my eyes, as the drivers negotiate streets at speeds that would be unsafe if they were driving the Indianapolis Speedway. Some New York taxi drivers tend to completely ignore pedestrians. In my experience, if you ask one of them about pedestrians, he’ll give an answer along these lines:

1. Pedestrians are the enemy.

2. Pedestrians are food.

3. What pedestrians?

Nonetheless, I continue to find cab driving in New York a source of entertainment and stimulation, as well as acute terror. That’s because ...

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