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Top 10 Tips to Catching Cabs in NYC

Zip around the Big Apple with ease using Where New York magazine's handy guide to catching one of the ubiquitous yellow cars. 

• There are no taxi stands. Hail a cab by extending your arm and whistling or shouting “Taxi!”

• Most taxis in NYC are yellow, but there are green cabs that serve riders north of E. 96th and W. 110 sts., and in the outer boroughs.

• Cabs indicate they are available by illuminating their rooftop medallion numbers.

• Hailing a cab between 4 and 6 p.m. or around 5 a.m. can be difficult—these are the times of day when drivers change shifts.

• Passengers have a right to specify any destination in NYC’s five boroughs, Nassau and Westchester counties or Newark Airport. 

• Know the cross streets of your destination and nearby landmarks. 

• Tipping at least 15 percent is customary.

• There are surcharges 8 p.m.-6 a.m. daily and 4-8 p.m. Mon-Fri.

• There is no charge to stow bags. 

• Obtain a receipt from your driver.