Hearing New Yorkers, you get a sense that there’s an arbitrary pride in keeping things the way they always were. If you need an example, just look at the Yankees, who still don’t carry player names on their jerseys after more than 100 years.
When it comes to transportation, New Yorkers liked their big, rear-wheel-drive Crown Victorias. But they’ll soon be replaced with the Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow,” a four-cylinder minivan. New Yorkers didn’t seem too thrilled about the change. Heck, New Yorkers weren’t even happy with its slightly updated yellow paint color.
Now there’s something more for the city of the perpetually irate to become flustered about: Mayor Michael Bloomberg anointing new outer borough taxis “apple green.”
Colored specifically for taxis originating outside Manhattan, the new “boro taxi” title will eventually dawn on 6,000 first-year taxis and an additional 12,000 over the next two years. At first, taxi cab owners will be limited to just one medallion per company, or as many as five if they’re registering them for use on handicap-capable vehicles. Under New York City law, at least 20 percent of taxis have to be wheelchair accessible.
While New York City will be moving its current 13,000-unit fleet to the Nissan NV200 vans, this will allow cab operators a second life for their already-purchased vehicles, as the green “boro” cabs can be any kind of vehicle. Bloomberg stood in from of a Toyota Prius painted in the apple green livery when he gave the announcement.
“We think ‘apple green’ is attractive and distinctive,” he said. “It’s easy on the eyes and easy to pick out from a distance in traffic.”
But even New Yorkers couldn’t agree on that. “Mint” and “pasty green” were both used to describe it by onlookers. Bloomberg even tried holding out a green apple during his speech but got nowhere with the skeptics.
As for us? Maybe we don’t have the right to criticize it since we’re on the other side of the country. But if we do, we think “aji verde” sounds about right, the name of Peruvian chili sauce.
Source: New York Times