TAXI TALES from NY's Oldest Cabbie.
His name is Spider.
1945 was his first year driving a taxi.
We just heard one of Spider's taxi tales, now share your own. We want to hear your stories about cab drivers and your experiences while riding in a taxi.
"Full of Wacky Jewish Humor" - OSHA
"This isnʼt a romantic panorama of New York...Itʼs New York from the driverʼs seat" - Washington City Paper
“8 out of 10 stars” – Pop Matters
The New York street system consists of 6174 miles of mostly asphalt roads and legend has it that a real yellow cab driver knows this jungle like the back of his hand. The filmmakers Jean Tsien and Joshua Weinstein mixed with the colourful community of drivers, mechanics and office clerks working for a long-established taxi company in Queens to document that the original ideal of the common man’s Big Apple is still very much alive and present in this slightly seedy enterprise. They avoided the trap of producing a simple assertion of an idyllic or even paradisiacal situation, opting instead for a highly enjoyable demonstration of that unspectacular and delightful feeling described by Hemingway when he remembered an encounter with some craftsmen during a stay in Paris in the 1920s: “It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.“ What’s left? The certainty that it can’t hurt to feel grateful for little things occasionally. – Ralph Eue (DOK Leipzig Programmer)
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