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(Kottke)   An animated day in the life of a New York taxi, showing where individual NYC taxis picked up and dropped off their fares. It's more compelling than it sounds   ( divider line
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2354 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Jul 2014 at 11:48 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-07-16 10:19:26 AM  
The taxi I followed went from 6 Am to 11PM and earned about $500 bucks. After the cost of gas and everything, I'm not sure if that was worth it.
2014-07-16 10:54:47 AM  
Pretty neat. Sorta hypnotic, too
2014-07-16 12:04:21 PM  
Almost anything is more compelling than that sounds. But it was actually pretty interesting.
2014-07-16 12:14:33 PM  
from the "about" button on
The raw data include only start and end locations for each trip. These points were run through Google's Directions API to create the routes shown in this visualization. Of course, these are Google's best choice, not necessarily the one the taxi took.
2014-07-16 01:32:57 PM  
Very neat, good find.
2014-07-16 01:42:18 PM  
Wow, that was better than last year's entry of 'A Day In The Life Of A '72 Nova Up On Blocks In An Empty Lot just Off Of 44th Street'.

Protip: If you click and hold and then move the mouse around quickly, you can make New York have an earthquake! Doesn't slow down the taxi, though.
2014-07-16 01:45:57 PM  
LOL, just had one that didn't pick up a single person for like 3 hours. That shiat was pretty boring.
2014-07-16 02:20:57 PM  
Why does this remind me of some things?

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2014-07-16 02:35:39 PM  
Did they have one that went from LaGuardia and did circles in Queens before taking the tourists to their eventual stop in Mahattan?
2014-07-16 02:38:05 PM  
I'm just here to make a Family Circus joke.
2014-07-16 03:10:13 PM  
saw a cab go up to 155th and never move again... poor feller.
2014-07-16 03:11:07 PM  
Neat. $634/day! Cab drivers must be millionaires!
2014-07-16 03:18:45 PM  
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2014-07-16 03:57:27 PM  
Anyone smart enough to be able to take one of these, slow it down to real time, and set it to a desktop wallpaper?
2014-07-16 04:48:04 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Neat. $634/day! Cab drivers must be millionaires!

Minus gas, rent on the cab, and rent on the taxi medallion.
2014-07-16 10:08:24 PM  
How big are the blocks in New York? The cab I watched had a whole pile of 2-3 block rides. Who takes a cab for that?
2014-07-16 11:25:09 PM  
They seem to be making a lot of cash, but I have to wonder what the cab lease rate is in NYC.
2014-07-16 11:26:02 PM  

trialpha: How big are the blocks in New York? The cab I watched had a whole pile of 2-3 block rides. Who takes a cab for that?

In Manhattan, plenty of people who are too lazy to walk or who are laden with purchases.
2014-07-17 01:35:46 AM  
The route approximations they used for when the cab was empty were pretty useless.  In the real world, a cab doesn't crawl at 1mph between the spot where it dropped off its last fare and the spot where it doesn't know yet it will pick up its next.

The one I watched spent most of the day shuttling people around Midtown Manhattan -- which has comprehensive subway and bus service already, so what the fark.  No wonder Uber's revolutionizing livery services.
2014-07-17 06:21:24 AM  
Bizarrely riveting. I liked guessing who the customers were. Who got dropped off at the helipad??? Also, I wonder if it was a typically busy day. October 9 should usually be good walking weather in NYC, shouldn't it?
2014-07-17 10:03:34 AM  
I think the drivers pay $500 a12 hour shift to rent the cab. That's why they are under insane amounts of stress and piss into water bottles on the road to make it back up in fares.
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