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Don’t Miss the Memorial Day Parades on Long Island Comments Off on Don’t Miss the Memorial Day Parades on Long Island

Don’t Miss the Memorial Day Parades on Long Island

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Most of us are excited for Memorial Day Weekend because it means that summertime is officially here! But we mustn’t forget that Memorial Day is also extremely significant, as we honor fallen heroes who’ve served in the US Armed Forces. To commemorate these men and women, there are many Memorial Day Parades on Long Island, in addition to other various celebrations. Here’s a list of some of the many events going on this weekend to help you plan yours! Memorial Day Parades on Long Island Mineola The parade will begin at 11am at Wilson Park, heading west on Westbury Ave. It will then turn right (north) on Roslyn Rd., left (west) on Jericho Tpke., and left (south) on Marcellus Rd. to the Mineola Memorial Park Veterans Monument at the corner of Marcellus and Jackson Ave. for a ceremony at noon. The parade and service are sponsored by American Legion Memorial Post 349 and are free to attend. If it rains, the ceremony will be held at the Mineola Community Center at 155 Washington Ave. Garden City The parade will start at 10am on Cherry Valley Avenue at 10th St., and will head east on 10th St. to Franklin Ave. It will turn right (south) on Franklin Ave. to 7th St., and then...

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The History of NYC Taxis Comments Off on The History of NYC Taxis

The History of NYC Taxis

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This week, we’re going to bring our lesson on the history of NYC Taxis to a close. We started when we looked at How Taxis Took Over New York City, and continued with The Taxi Timeline: The History of Taxis in New York City, and now we’re going to bring this story into the present! In the outer boroughs, and on Long Island, when you see a taxi, you probably notice that the license plate has a little “T&LC” symbol on it. That stands for the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is the organization that moderates the taxi and livery industry. The Commission was founded in 1971 to handle the expansion of the taxi industry, and to deal with all of the drivers and taxi-related issues. NYC taxis are managed by the T&LC, but their license plates actually display their medallion numbers, so there’s no need for them to also say “T&LC.” The 1970s and ‘80s were a time of great advancement for NYC taxis, as a number of initiatives were put in place to regulate the industry; making transportation services safer for both the passengers, environment, and the drivers became a tremendous priority. To combat the rise in violent crimes against taxi drivers, bulletproof partitions were installed between...

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Taxi Timeline: The History of Taxis in New York City Comments Off on Taxi Timeline: The History of Taxis in New York City

Taxi Timeline: The History of Taxis in New York City

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A few weeks ago, we took a peek into the history of Taxis in New York City. Let’s continue our historical exploration this week, as we look further into how taxis evolved through the middle of the 20th century. This was a time where everything was changing rapidly, and it’s interesting to see how changes within society molded the way the automotive transportation industry grew. As we’ve seen in our own lifetime, it takes a bit of time for our laws and regulations to catch up to emerging technology. Just as we have had to establish and enforce laws about cell phone use while driving, people living in the 1930s had to craft legislation to suit the taxi industry, because it presented scenarios that had never been an issue before. There were no labor practices in place specific to cabbies, which often led to their exploitation. Furthermore, with newness of taxi transportation, unsuspecting passengers easily fell victim to price gouging. There was tremendous competition between taxi drivers during the Great Depression, because fares were few and far between. Both the police and the Taxi Commission were having difficulties curtailing the corruption and the tension amongst cab drivers. A dramatic reveal at the time was the Checker Cab Company’s bribery of...

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Great Mother’s Day Gift Certificates for Seniors Comments Off on Great Mother’s Day Gift Certificates for Seniors

Great Mother’s Day Gift Certificates for Seniors

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and as it gets nearer, we all find ourselves asking, “What do I get mom for mother’s day?!” While many people opt for a traditional gift, such as flowers or candy, plenty of us look to buy our moms practical gifts that will actually come in handy. When you think of gifts that serve a purpose, you might think of appliances or household items, but what about something that’ll help her get around in her day-to-day activities? If your mother is a senior citizen, it’s likely that she may have stopped driving. Many seniors who decide to give up driving wind up relying on friends and family to get around from point A to point B, but in doing so often feel like they’ve given up some of their independence. Transportation is crucial for everyone, no matter how old you are, because we all have things to do, places to go, and people to see. The idea of being completely dependent on someone else in order to accomplish your daily tasks is something that many people fear as they get older. At All Island Transportation, we have a number of regular senior customers who use our taxi services to get around. From...

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