We were around 40th street and 5th avenue when we saw three people dressed for a night out pondering taking a gypsy cab (car service driver trying to pick up some extra money by charging a lot more than a cab would). We guessed they weren’t local otherwise they’d know better than take a gypsy cab. We didn’t say anything, but my girlfriend regret not stopping them. Turns out wikipedia has an entire article for illegal taxicab operation.

If you’re not from NYC, know that if/when you’re there and a black sedan offering to take you for a ride, they’re charging you up the wazoo because they know you might be having trouble finding a cab and may be getting desperate. ESPECIALLY don’t take them from the airport otherwise you’ll have a lot less money for the fun stuff you have to experience in NYC.