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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Forty Pictures, Forty thoughts, and a Happy Memorial Day to All..from The King Of New York Hacks.

Ahhhhhh, the things I see during the course of the King's day.....Only in New York.

Well, as we reach this Memorial Day weekend and gas prices go up and unemployment is rising, although with all those bailouts you'd think someone would get hired but unfortunately no one is and my taxi career is always a witness to history. History repeats itself as it is now with all the Madoffs, Bear Stearn's, and Lehman Brothers of yesterday, so too were the First Boston, Robertson Stephens, Alex Brown, Artur Anderson's and Henry Blodgetts ( who is barred from the industry, but is allowed to be a consultant...That REALLY makes sense. ) of yesterday.

All these firms were in the gutter with Frank Quattrone, Jack Grubman (yup banned from Wall St, and a host of other thieves , one whom I consider Jim Cramer.) He was a guest voice on CNBC back then and apologized after the internet bubble for his AND CNBC's reccomendations, only to become a TV show idiot with horns and whistles who tell the people to buy Bear Stearns at over $100 !!!! Click here if ya don't believe me Cramer and Bear . He is one of Elliot Spitzer's oldest friends. 'Nuff said ...all I'm saying is Wall Street is in the gutter as it was then , is now, and one day will not be....AGAIN !!....yes thats a sewer cap right next to the appropriate. Have faith people, we always overcome.

I'm not going to comment much on the photo's of this post...just enough so you won't get bored. This is ON Wall St as I walk down it. 7am in the morning. As it gets warmer, so does the homeless population who take refuge in the streets because it is safer than a shelter...The King knows this firsthand.

As you can see Wall Streeters aren't too concerned with this young man's trouble's as he looks a little hopeless. I don't like seeing this at all. No matter who is at fault..the young man, his past , or the help available to him. I just don't like seeing it....and yes , I gave him a buck. Am I a sucker ?? I don't know..maybe I don't want to know.

Kindness on Wall ST ??? Is that an oxymoron ???? ( his sign says kindness helps )

Apparently an article from The New York Tymes from January has gotten some legs to it and the buzz around town says the next election has begun...

Should this become true , this is a close up view of the currency I shall guarantee everyone will not lose to criminal politicians or inappropriate fiscal behavior. I also wont spend unnecessary money to put state logo's on the back of them, since we are supposed to be UNITED. I take all suggestions on what should be on the back of it ....this should be interesting ...LOL

Nothing like taking the train to one of the few garages I drive a taxi from, and looking at the conductor of the adjacent train and seeing the look on his face as I snap a pic. When I was younger my friends used to give the dude the bird to invoke a reaction . I was tempted , but refrained, not that The King never did that....well maybe once. ;-)

......and it is quite a surreal feeling when you're in an underground tunnel and your train matches up feet away from another at a high speed and everything seems at a standstill. Some time's you make eye contact with someone, and when I do, I stick my tongue or fuck with them somehow just to see what they will do . Over the years I've had the responses of sticking their tongue out back at me, picking their nose, silent screaming, or the bird...and that's just off the top of my head. I did this in London too, which received the same applause. People are pretty much the same everywhere. In this dude on a train reading a paper...very RARE indeed...but cool in my mind I insane or creative..I thought the shot was the shit.

I always hydrate before I work the taxi so I don't have to use a rest room too much during the night. Just trying to find a fucking bathroom in New York City is a chore and everyone thinks a Hack is a slob, so they don't want you to use their toilet. How DARE they judge the KING !!!!!! So I always use the beautiful lavatory at my garage before I hit the road ...THANK GOD for the fly trap or I might have my penis mistaken for a peanut...or a small prune. LOL need for towels to dry my hands with this dispenser at the garage.... which is why I use Purell, ALL the time when I'm driving. Swine Flu, dirty money, and.....I don't know WHAT disease would be named for after this freaking horror.

BUT !!!!!!!!!.....If I did want to dry my hands, just go over to the trustworthy stall that has the best "you can't steal toilet paper from me" lock !!!! I wonder who is responsible for this action.

My first stop after leaving this particular garage...Roosevelt and Main St, Queens...very busy intersection in the Flushing, Queens....hmmm ...Flushing, is there a name theme to my garage's nature. I also dig the way I have a street light in my side view mirror almost the same as the one in it. Hey ,.........
what can I say I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER !!!! LMAO !!!!!

Now THIS is GRIDLOCK , if I was where the school bus is I would be surrounded by 50 damn traffic agents giving me tickets until my hack is suspended. Trust me , I'm serious, DO NOT block the box , which is those intersecting lines you see the pedestrians crossing or you WILL pay....through the ass I mind you. .

This shot was taken because it looks like everyone is looking at something happening with the way their heads were turned...but when I looked at that kid in the hoodie's face, he doesn't have a care in the world..probably has an IPOD in his ears, damn I gotta get me one of those to ignore the world too. I love this pic.

.......and as I looked in the direction they were looking at all I could see was this. Balloon in the wires which reminded me of my last post of the sneakers and shoes in the wire. All of the comments to my post were great leading me to believe that this new ritual of balloons in the wire was not some youngster who lost his grip on a string , yet it was the new ritual , and some 95 year old man or woman lost their virginity. LOL .....Good for them ....Congrats.

Another what if moment...what if a taxicab blows the red light ?...
Pedicab-man can do ANYTHING !! Be safe !!!! Take a yellow !! Better yet ...TAKE THE KING !!

So at one red light I noticed one of the few pay phones on a side street left in New York City, a Verizon one at that. ....Sex Shop ??? Oh yeah !! There is a sex shop behind it ...geez I wouldn't have even noticed it, not if it weren't for you observing perverted fans !!! LOL Thanks all !! She does have a nice body to make a phone call though 'eh ?? LMAO

Bag VS Bus VS Taxi to the red light ....unfortunately Bag winds ..Ahem WINS , every time....damn winds, if I could only drive a sailboat down Broadway I'd win all day and night.

Believe it or not , this homeless gentleman has all these bottles on ONE postal hamper which is orange and ONE shopping cart. He may be homeless, but it looks to me as if he works his ASS off everyday collecting these bottles. Click on the pic to see the balance. Talent.

Now as The King of New York Hacks , you better damn well know where New Utrecht and 71st is in Brooklyn or you can forget the frigggin tip .....all I can say is the birds are against GPS, and don't forget it you regular map people !! Technology sucks and ALWAYS breaks down !!!

See what I'm saying. this is the pigeon FLEW(a.k.a FLU).... over the sign disease !!!...I know I know's a a stupid joke I'm SORRY !!!! I'm filling blog time !! ;-)

In my prior post Pop and Ice called me handsome being that I posted real pics of myself on two post's previous about the kidney transplant in my family. If you want to see real pics of me if you haven't seen them on top of a good story then click here. KONYH9/11.

There are only certain cabs that are HANSOME in my city , and this is who they are and what they look like. I'll take them over a Kentucky Derby winner anyday !! However thanks Pop and Ice for the kudos !!!

If you want to see a pic The King can compare when he was REALLLY young, check out my 9/11 post when I worked at 4 World Trade Center when your done with this one. It starts with a picture of me from 1989. Nuff said !!...and DO NOT make fun of my hair !!!..... Damn that horse looks great next to my taxi.....and my old hair.

So as I finish my shift and pay the dispatcher, they are generous enough to let this Homeless Haitian dude sleep there all the time...I have NEVER seen him awake...groggy , maybe once or twice...he also claims to have dated Big Bird who is a lady of the evening and night if you follow my blog....Scary.

Now when I get on the train home whether it be Queens, Long Island or in this particular night Staten Island, there is never a lack of New York. This Tranny was talking shit to everyone before he/she passed out...he/she was hitting on the bright red headed chick next to her and in mid sentence ....KA -- PUT ..sleeping!!! ,,,I was just wondering along the ride if she is a trannie or a Train-ee being on the 1 train. Bad pun ?? C'mon !?!?!? Give the King a break !!

Always a sad sight , I checked to see if the baby carriage had a child in it, and thankfully it was just for storage . Still, NOT what I like to see on the way home.

....and the gentleman across from place to sleep ...but SAFER than the alternatives.

Long ride home on the subway...everyone's tired..drunk...or homeless.

OH MY GOD !!!!! THEY KILLED KENNY !!!! ...If you don't watch South Park you won't get it...just a joke people !!!....funny in my mind if you do !!

A clear sign that the times are rough when you enter the Staten Island Ferry and looks hopeless.

..only to find yourself amongst the living dead....I'm serious. I ..AM A ZOMBIE KILLA !!!

I use a mode on my camera so no flash wakes you up ...but this dude had zombie hearing.

....even in a zombie mode they can text..

...and IN a group thay may be lethal !!!! But more likely entertaining !! HAHAHAH !!!

Shot out of focus , but by 5 AM so am I , him , and YOU !!!!

In all this chaos ..there is true love ...Wuthering Heights on the Staten Island Ferry !! Nuff Said !

Dude was snoring so loud , just had to share it with ya !!

Ski Mask ???? Trust me....this cat ain't robbin' no banks in the next hour !

If there is a walkway to Heaven ...or Hell... I would walk this path , it looks pretty cool ....that is thee walkway onto the Staten Island Ferry !!.....before it is lowered to the ferry silly folks.

This following picture is one I took during my walk of 9/11 last year and the story that accompanies it. America !!

So , in closing everybody day is no more busy than yours as we walk the plank of this untidy ship we call America.....but let us not forget however untidy, however economically challenged , or challenged in any way ....we are still The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !

And as we stand together and remain so .. and hope all the war's end...well I do anyway...and I also hope that one day .....well one day we will have....PEACE. .....and as my man D.C. Cabbie says which is never less than the real motherfucking deal......Please don't forget the homeless.

Coming to you live , trust me , it's a hard motherfuckin' task, but we shall overcome. Peace out peeps , and a Happy Memorial day to all my brothers and sisters overseas responsible for letting me drive my Taxi and remain ....The King Of New York Hacks.


  1. The pictures of the bathroom were just plain ole scary as hell. The others of the homeless... heartbreaking.

  2. Love the photos, the paper clipping is awesome.

    What should be on the back of the coin? A New York cab of course!

  3. Amazing pics as usual King, but so sad to see all the homeless and other tragic types (like with the stroller... I'd of freaked if there had been a baby in there!) and your post of the 9/11 tributes and memorials was awesome.

    I'll vote for you... and I don't care what's on the back of the coin!

  4. I LOVE my trips through NYC with you!!!

    have a great weekend!!

  5. You're amazing, King and I always look forward to your posts. The most startling thing I noticed is that there are so many young kids that are homeless.

    Truly a sad sight in america.

    Thanks for the walk thru NYC.

  6. Man, you've got some Real in those photos. Big stuff happens and people get smacked. Pretty simple but not so nice.

    I've seen plenty of glam photos of NY but the streets don't lie about what's really happening. I hope you're right that we will overcome.

  7. Fabulous work again, King! Words and pictures both!

  8. Give me your tired and poor and I will............................................
    \tell them to fuck off!!!!!!!!
    Great photos.
    Bag people here too.
    Lovely shot of Miss Liberty.
    Iconic gift from the French.

  9. King, what a great post brother! Spread the knowledge on how the real AMERICANA looks like.


  10. Always appreciate your outlook on life around you, King.

    My buddy runs a non-profit called "Can't Ignore the Poor". He sold everything and lived homeless for a year. Now, he works to raise awareness and do all that he can to help them.
    I believe he's made it up to New York before.

    Keep spreading the message, King.
    Peace for all,

  11. You are NOT a sucker. You are a nice, kind person.
    Great post.

  12. Congrats!!! You made my teacher's restroom look clean! Kinda.

    The fly trap was a classy touch! I can see your boss really cares about all of you :-)

    I will be demanding a fly strip tomorrow at work!!

  13. Your pics are awesome, but I love them even more knowing that you are the new King of the world and a zombie killa... should I bow down now, or wait for your state visit?!


  14. I love these pictures. Especially the one with the toilet paper all locked up.

    Oh, and I watch South Park so I giggled at the They Killed Kenny line. Haha.

  15. Too much to comment on but just know that I loved this whole post. All of it. You always leave me smiling.

    Hallie :)

  16. I am with Vodka Mom ~

    I love your blog!!!


  17. That's no tranny..!! It's Courtney Love!! *haha!* I can't believe you got a picture of her nodding out..!! Priceless!
    * ; )
    good to know that NYC is a fine place for napping. Y'know. If you need to. *heehee!*

  18. Hey King of the NY Hacks, thanks for visiting my blog. If you become World Leader can you get rid of a certain North Korean dictator? BTW, kindness is always in fashion. I hope some kindness comes your way today. I also hope to be in your Fair City soon watching birds in Central Park!

  19. King--thanks for stopping by my place.
    NYC king of hacks! One of my fav cities, NYC. My daughter is not there right now, but she & her fiance have lived there--Upper West Side. We love visiting her.
    Whew--reading your blog reminds me of how much I love the city.

  20. thanks for the walk down memory lane!! Kenny? heck, that is the girl who works in my office - she is fairly well paid, but she insists on wearing her Kenny coat that makes her look like a homeless zombie. And I loved the picture of the sex shop- isn't that ricky's?? love that place...thanks King - I would vote for you ANY day!

  21. Yep, King you got my vote. But we don't elect King's they are just born!

    Great pictures, as always and your descriptions always make me feel as if I am there with you, seeing what you see, feeling what you feel.

    Damned awesome!

    Luv ya King.

  22. Great shots wow that bathroom was really something!

  23. ONLY IN NYC! I just cracked up seeing that chain around the toilet roll!! I love your assortment of sleeping peeps...I must confess I did pee in a NYC doorway once...just couldn't hold it in! :D And that was near the SI ferry...I was upset because they did away with the cars on the ferry. When did that happen?
    I love that ferry ride. I even went for a ferry ride on my prom night! (Many moons ago) :)

    You are always entertaining and when I need a CITY fix I come visit your blog. PRICELESS!
    Take care my KING...your humble servant from below the MASON/DIXON.

  24. Left you something at my place; please come by to pick up.

  25. This post will make me extra-grateful for my own comfy bed tonight, boy-howdee that's a fact Jack.

    And might I suggest some type of a device to shock birds that land on signposts. They have something like that or some kind of high-pitched squeal device over on a Churchill statue in London, which happens to be the only un-shat upon statue in that city.


  26. This is one of your best ever. Love the flystrip. Classy place you work! But the currency is my favorite thing.

  27. See, I told you technology sucks, and you agreed!

  28. Wow.

    Once again, great pics showing a slice of NY that people like myself usually don't see.

    Wouldn't want to touch that towel dispenser, no matter how desperate I needed to dry my hands.

  29. What a great look inside America's city...awesome.

  30. yer highness, can yer not carry a port-a-potty in that cavernous trunk? :O lol