My good friends Jeff and Vikki are visiting this week. Their two kids are on spring break, and they wanted to show them New York City for the very first time.
Do you know the first thing their daughter said to me about the Big Apple?
“We had a TV in our cab!”
I’m not sure how many cities have Taxi TV; I’ve seen it in NYC and Boston. It’s a good way to pass the time between the airport and home…that is, if you don’t mind reruns (the programming is on a 15-minute loop).
Since I live in Manhattan, I have always considered it a good source for local news and weather. Also, if my cellphone has died for some reason, it keeps me entertained. It takes a good 25-30 minutes to get from LaGuardia to my apartment on the Upper West Side.
But for brand spanking new tourists who have just arrived in New York City, I hate to think of their eyes glued to that tiny TV monitor. They should be staring out the window in wonderment at all the sights and sounds of the city.
There is an off button on that Taxi TV. I use it quite often.
Look out the window, people. New York City is the greatest show on earth.