Taxis, New York City
Some other things you should know about N.Y. City if coming to pay us a visit:
*Contrary to popular believe, N.Y. City does sleeps at night, the people you'll see hanging around the city streets after 3:00 a.m. either are going to some party, come from one, or are looking for one, street hustlers, they will sell you sex, drugs and if the chance arises take your wallet and valuables with them.
*Going to a local bar after this said time period for the most part will put you in contact with the forementioned characters, unless is a bar located within your hotel.
*Yellow taxis, Cabs as we call them, are very picky at this hours, I explain: if you're white or light skinned you should have not much trouble getting one, but if you're black or dark skinned, then you have some serious walk to accomplish my friend, this is very common even during the daytime, if you get snubbed by one of these *#$&^@! then write down the Cab # displayed on the lighted canopy on top their carports and make a report to the TLC they should give him something to ponder about.
*If you happen to go to Central Park in Manhattan, and plan to feed nuts to the local entertainers there The Chipmunks(Squirrels) please do it but don't over feed them!, they will stash their loot and over populate later, and since tourism has it's busy periods, it also has it's low ones, so when food is scarce they fan as far as the local buildings and try to help themselves from people's apartments uninvited, and it's not funny! believe me, and to get rid of them after they know they can shop in your flat, is like battling the cold war all over again, they are very patient, and will hit with military discipline.
Don't take a non-yellow cab at the airport. At the airports non-yellow cabs may wait for tourists to pick them up. The driver's will try to change their minds to stay at other hotels and will try to rip them off. Getting an argue might get your position in danger, so just take a yellow cab, there are plenty!
And possible a must-----a taxi ride in the city! After riding in one, I decided I'd NEVER drive in New York City!!!! THey drive like crazy people! If you're a thrill ride seeker, nothing could be better the a ride through New York City in a taxi!
DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY take taxis!! Don't even consider driving around, or you'll be in constant mortal danger. Plus, they have creepy voices in the taxis telling you to buckle your seat belts and stuff.
Never walk along deserted streets. New York is a big city with lots of people so ask yourself why a street would be deserted (bad area etc). Some of the side streets around Times Square can be unsafe at night so where possible get a taxi. Central Park is also particularly bad at night because it attracts alot of drug dealers.