|As a licensed New York City Taxi Driver who also is approved as an Official NYC Tour Guide, I come in contact with New Yorkers, people from many States and from the rest of the world. These are the True Tales that they are talking about in my Yellow Mobile Conveyance Lounge.
||**** In a rare but not surprising move, a federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled that when Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, goes on trial in September, the case will be heard by an anonymous and partly sequestered jury. In an order issued, the judge, Brian M. Cogan, said that Mr. Guzmán’s “history of violence” warranted keeping secret the jurors’ names, work places and addresses throughout what is likely to be a three- or four-month trial. Judge Cogan also ruled that the jurors should be driven to and from their homes to Federal District Court in Brooklyn by armed federal marshals. His current jail is a highlight on my Brooklyn tour.
**** Doug Schifter, a New York taxi driver, wrote he killed himself to illuminate how ride hailing services have devastated yellow taxi workers financially. The economic hardship that Uber and its competitors had inflicted on conventional drivers in New York and London and other cities had become overwhelming. For decades there had been no more than 12,000 to 13,000 taxis in New York but now there were myriad new ways to avoid public transportation, in some cases with ride-hailing services. In 2013, there were 47,000 for-hire vehicles in the city. Now there are more than 100,000, approximately two-thirds of them affiliated with Uber. Mayor deBlasio dismissed the incidents as just “disturbed people.”
**** New York City now pays to put up a mind-boggling 11,000 homeless people in hotels — nearly one in six of the roughly 61,000 previously in shelters — costing taxpayers an average $222 a night compared with $150 a night in shelters. The Big Apple’s hotels are making less money than they were a few years ago, and owners are scrambling for bucks as they see the value of their properties tumble. The recent creation of tens of thousands of new rooms, as well as competition from Airbnb, has driven down room rates. This is a good time for tourists to bargain about hotel rates. Ask me how to do it.
**** One of Chinatown’s oldest businesses — a beloved ice cream shop churning out nontraditional flavors like green tea and lychee sorbet — is facing eviction from its $1,000-a-month storefront over claims that it uses too much water. The owners of The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory at 65 Bayard St. believe they are really being booted because of their “sweetheart lease” agreement, which they signed over to themselves in 2004, right before selling the property to a local lawyer. They filed a lawsuit against their landlord this week after getting into a dispute with him about their water use and the building’s cooling tower. Commercial rents are on the way up due to greedy landlords.
**** Celebrity Sighting. Chevy Chase just walking along.
****TV THEME (can you guess what show this music came from? AUDIO****THE SNEAKY CAMERA (the hidden camera)..a growing collection of new yorkers are unaware that they are being watched by a certain taxi driver. new ones are added from time to time. take a peep at SNEAKY(Please note: when playing a movie on your computer, you should diminish the size of the frame. If you have a problem, please contact me
****AND THAT NEAT MOVIE HOUSE ALWAYS SHOWED A DOUBLE FEATURE AND HERE WE ARE WITH A SECOND FLICK. This is a trip around the city in the famous yellow mobile conveyance lounge. HONK HONK****THE MOST WANTED TOUR IN THE BIG APPLE.
**Hear what some happy tourists had to say about my tours, just go AUDIO**Here is an interview i did with a tourist and it was presented on radio 702 in south africa. from time to time, i do this and the tourist gets to be famous. The radio stations love this feature for their listeners. AUDIO**To hear broadcast spots about some of the places where folks are taken to, listen to these commercials that were created for a “visit new york city promotion” at SPOTS
****Please note that I encourage folks planning on coming to NYC to write to me for some advice. Beware the online trip advising sites that are written mainly by public relations people to promote their clients’ services. Many of the restaurants that they tout have numerous health violations and you can always ask me about that. I do not “rate” things, but I sure can tell you if you choices (including hotels and attractions) are wise ones.
****LISTEN TO THE LATEST VERSION OF “NEW YORK, NEW YORK..it is written and sung by jack servello LISTEN
****AND ON THE FLIP SIDE..this is an intro promotion made by the folks at chnl in kamloops, british columbia. LISTEN
****AND ON THE FLIP FLIP SIDE..this is an intro promotion made by the folks at southside radio in the united kingdom. LISTEN
****Please go to this link to see Lalina Franklin for the American heart association. RED ( Forward the link to all the ladies you know, since this heart thing is now the number one killer of ladies. The first sign a lady gets of a heart problem is death.)