Just about everyone will tell you it takes X amount of time to truly become a New Yorker. There are a few sayings or occurrences I have found draw each and everyone of us closer to becoming the true New Yorker we are really meant to be.
When you swipe your card, the driver has to pay a hefty 5% extra. Why are New York's cabbies paying so much? Because of all the middlemen. A few people are making truckloads of money on drivers' backs.
When taxi drivers find themselves alone in their cabs -- as they often do -- with psychopaths, scam artists, or even just garden-variety drunken idiots, that little hands-free device can be a lifeline.