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Cool data visualizations of taxi pickups show it really is hard to get a cab to Bushwick

Jillian Anthony

If you're like me, you use your spare time to watch hours of Arrested Development, eat pizza and drink beer, but, luckily, there are some overachievers out there. Just for funsies, software QA Engineer Max Woolf took data from the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission on yellow and green cab pick-ups and drop-offs and turned them into super-cool maps of New York City. He used different queries to produce the three images below, with the final image showing the streets of the city most clearly. 

Of course transit hubs like Times Square and Penn Station have tons of activity, and Manhattan by far has the most fares, followed by nearby neighborhoods of Brooklyn (I see you Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn), Queens and the airports. Basically, it's hard out here for the outer boroughs. My advice to everyone trying to make their way to Bushwick, Crown Heights or beyond: Sit your butt in that cab and refuse to leave until the cab driver takes you where you need to go (legally, they must take you anywhere in the five boroughs), and if he still refuses, call 311 while you have his medallion number right there in front of you. He'll get moving real fast. 


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