A few years ago, the GREEN taxis rolled into and onto the streets of NYC. Historically, only “yellow medallion taxicabs,” were permitted to pick up passengers in response to a street hail, but now there’s a new cab in town and she’s apple green. The newest fleet is part of the five borough taxi plan, which allows these privately owned or leased boro taxis to pick up from Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx – areas which are a little lighter on taxi stands. (Case in point, on one sweet street in an historic Flatbush area of Brooklyn, there were six green taxis standing for the night!) The fill in the gap pack are now everywhere and aimed at extending street-hail service beyond Manhattan’s ritzier business and residential districts.
The selection of the color for the boro taxis was chosen, in consultation with a swanky design firm, to cheerfully differentiate the newer fleet from the traditional lemon colored taxis and fits to the city’s ‘granny smith’ nickname. This particular color of green is really quite shocking, a bit sublime even. And, as going green is all the rage, the color also jibes with further green efforts on the horizon for all five boroughs in The Big Apple. These greens are sprouting all over the city, however, don’t expect to hail one at JFK or LaGuardia. They haven’t been given the green light at the airports just yet.
Photographs by Viva Violeta Photography