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Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles Approved by Council

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation August 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The City Council passed regulations that put a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-sharing companies. The move follows a spate of suicides among taxi drivers who faced intense financial burdens.

A recent rally at City Hall in support of medallion owners. (Photo via Queens Press)

Talking with Taxi Drivers

Immigration, New York, Queens, Transportation July 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

Queens Press talks to several taxi drivers about the continued pressures they are facing.

Taxi drivers demand better conditions after the recent wave of suicides. (Photo via El Diario)

Taxi Drivers Demand Solutions to End Driver Suicides

Labor, New York, Transportation June 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

After six New York taxi drivers have taken their lives in the last few months because they cannot afford to pay for their medallions – most of them immigrants – a group of colleagues protested in front of City Hall asking for more regulation of ride-hailing apps, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Richard Chow with a photo of his brother Kenny Chow, a taxi driver who died in an apparent suicide. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

The Immigrant Story of the Chinese Taxi Driver Who Took His Life

East Asian, Immigration, Labor, New York May 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

The brother of Yu Mein “Kenny” Chow, a Chinese taxi driver who died in an apparent suicide, tells Sing Tao Daily about the “enormous pressure” Kenny faced.

Taxi drivers like Víctor Salazar fear that more drivers may attempt to take their own lives if no solution is found to the crisis. (Photo via El Diario)

Taxi Drivers Demand Regulations to Prevent Driver Suicides

Labor, New York, Transportation March 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm

After the suicide of four drivers, two of them Hispanic, overwhelmed by the disruption generated by ride-hailing apps, activists and leaders demanded action from City Hall, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Dominican-born taxi drivers Belkis Polanco (left) and Hilaria Peña. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Female Cab Drivers Set Up Their Own Safety Networks

Bronx, Dominican, Labor, Manhattan, Transportation, Women January 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Latina taxi drivers in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx talked to El Diario/La Prensa about how they have organized networks to protect each other by constantly sharing information about dangerous areas.

At 62, Cuban-born William Guerra feels that the dream of the yellow medallion taxi is crumbling down with the support of the local and state authorities. (Photo via El Diario)

Broken Dreams of Medallion Cab Owners

Labor, Latino, New York, Transportation July 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Thousands of NYC immigrants who saw a secure future in medallion taxis say they are at risk of losing their pensions due to the disruption of Uber-like apps, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Bradley Gerstman speaks in front of the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Camille Padilla Dalmau via El Diario)

Immigrant Cabbies Sue Over Medallion Devaluation

Immigration, Labor, New York, Transportation May 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

As the value of a city-issued taxi medallion has dropped as much as 70 percent because of competition from Uber and other apps, Hispanic cab drivers are suing the city and TLC arguing they are unable to retire, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

On April 24, Assemblymember Ron Kim, middle, speaks at a press conference at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, joined by members of taxi driver associations and South Asian community organizations. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Kim Reintroduces Bill to Raise Penalties for Assault on Taxi Drivers

Immigration, New York, Transportation April 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Assemblyman Ron Kim has reintroduced a bill raising the penalties for assault on taxi drivers, Korea Daily reports.

Benoit Cohen driving his taxi (Photo via French Morning)

French Filmmaker Becomes New York Cab Driver for a Year

Culture, Manhattan, New York, Transportation, Western European March 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

French filmmaker Benoit Cohen worked for a year as a New York taxi driver to research for a future film and a book that will be presented March 15 in Manhattan, French Morning reports.

Elmoiz, originally from Sudan, was one of the green cab drivers interviewed in a Brooklyn Daily Eagle video.

He’s Crazy, Smart, Fresh – Brooklyn Cabbies React to Trump Win

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, Transportation November 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

What do some green cab drivers have to say about Trump winning the presidential election? Brooklyn Daily Eagle finds both unease and optimism among the mostly immigrant cabbies.

Driver Carla Pérez believes that it is necessary for drivers to learn English. (Photo via El Diario)

Immigrant Taxi Drivers Support Elimination of English Test

Government, Immigration, New York, Transportation August 29, 2016 at 11:27 am

Elected officials and immigrant taxi drivers support the decision to eliminate an English test as part of the creation of a universal license for all types of vehicles, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Behind the Wheel with a ‘Love Hunter’

Behind the Wheel with a ‘Love Hunter’

Culture, Eastern European, Immigration, In the News, Labor, Video June 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Serbian native Milan Mumin’s story of rock star-turned-taxi driver has been turned into the film “Love Hunter.” CUNY TV’s Independent Sources sits down with its star and co-producer.

Baruch Herzfeld, founder of Zeno Radio, which allows immigrants to connect to radio stations from their home countries. (Photo by Rachel Bryson-Brockmann/Voices of NY)

‘Entrepreneur’ Links Immigrants to Radio Stations Back Home

Baruch Herzfeld founded ZenoRadio, which allows homesick immigrants to hear news and music from back home.

Kulwinder “Jani” Singh, owner of Punjabi Grocery & Deli in the Lower East Side, provides affordable meals and a resting spot for its many cab driver customers. (Photo by Jake Safane via The Lo-Down)

Punjabi Deli Provides Relief to Taxi Drivers

Food, In the News, Labor, South Asian, Transportation July 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Punjabi Grocery & Deli in the Lower East Side provides an eating and resting spot for cab drivers, who make up 80 percent of the store’s customers. The Lo-Down profiles owner Kulwinder “Jani” Singh, whose own experience driving a taxi makes him a vocal supporter of his patrons.