leisure 01.16.07


Nothing inspires old New York nostalgia as abruptly as the sight of a Checker (we spotted one a couple of weeks ago, the first time in years). For all things Checker, check out the Checker Car Club.

Taxiphiles will want to get a copy of The American Taxi: A Century of Service, written by two Checker Club members. This book covers the Packards, DeSotos, Plymouths, Checkers, and other models that have been pressed into service. The current model, the Crown Victoria, is supposed to be phased out in 2009 by Ford. Will that someday induce Crown Vic nostalgia? Nah.

Transforming an Icon
This year marks the taxi's centennial. To mark the occasion, the Design Trust for Public Space asked the city's top designers to do some reinventive thinking about the taxi. The results will be exhibited at the Auto Show in April. This Thursday, 6:30pm, the Cooper-Hewittwill host "Transforming an Icon," a panel discussion of how some of the these designers took up the challenge. $10. You can download the Design Trust's Designing the Taxi here (PDF).

No shortage of taxi memorabilia out there — here's one of a bazillion sources, NYC's City Store.

It's a few years old now, but Taxi Dreams from PBS (both the show and the website) are musts for taxi aficionados. The site has a 20-question trivia quiz.

Fare Estimator
NYC Cab Fare is a handy site that will give you a reasonably good estimate of how much your ride will cost within the five boroughs.

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Here's Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" in seven remix versions at iTunes.
In last week's Up Next, we wrote about the Erotic Memoir series at Happy Ending Lounge but neglected to include the date. It takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

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