Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Get Gas in NYC (if you can find a station)

Today, I was reading a column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. He was discussing the recent NYC policies encouraging taxi companies to switch to hybrid, fuel-efficient taxi cabs. I started to wonder . . .

Where does on go to fill up one's car in New York City? Manhattan, specifically. If you've never been there, think of all the pictures of the city that you've seen, all the movies you've seen that shot in NYC. Do you remember seeing any gas stations? Have you ever seen one single traditional-looking gas station among the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple?

I started to think that maybe there ARE gas stations in NYC, but not in areas that are traditionally photographed or filmed. Of course, I thought, there isn't room enough for gas stations among the big skyscrapers.

However, after a little Google research, I came across this article from ABC News. According to this, gas stations in Manhattan are an endangered species and there are only 54 of them left on the island.

I wonder how much extra driving the cabbies, bus drivers and other vehicle-users in Manhattan need to do just to get a fill-up?

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