Taxis are more important in New York City than in any other city in the country. They provide customized transportation without automobile ownership.
The 12,053 yellow medallion taxicabs are the only vehicles allowed in New York City to pick up passengers hailing on the street or at taxi stands.
$2.50 just for getting in
$.50 for each 1/4 mile
$.50 for each 30 seconds stopped in traffic
$1.00 additional night charge
Plus, tip in the range of 15-20 percent.
In the back of every cab there is a list of riders' rights, which includes "the right to a receipt," "the right to be taken to any destination in the metropolitan area," etc.
You also have the right to a seat belt. It would be wise to buckle up, as taxis move fast and allow little margin for error.
Taxi drivers sometimes try to rip you off by taking a longer route than is necessary, but if they think you know what you're talking about, they won't mess with you.
Know where you're going and try to mention that you'd like to go via a certain street.