Image by Cool Zaddy Ben Park.

A T-shirt for People Who ***HATE*** Uber, Ugh

This shirt recalls a simpler, pre-ride-sharing New York.

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May 2 2018, 2:50pm

Image by Cool Zaddy Ben Park.

New York City before Uber and Lyft was an amazing place. You could hail a yellow cab practically anywhere, hop in, and the driver would actually know how to get where you wanted to go! It wasn’t some wannabe-actor dork trying to make friends in his free time; he wasn’t glued to Waze or listening to his god awful music on Spotify. He didn’t offer you three types of gum, eye drops, and an Android charger. He either left you alone completely (preferred) or told you a wild story and got you where you needed to go. It was a world before riding in a car was rated and critiqued for people to see on an app.

I love cabs, but #realliveryheadsknow it’s all about the classic car service. Years ago, when I lived on Ridge Street in the Lower East Side, I used Delancey Car Service quite often. You would call a number (not text) and talk to a human being, who would then speak in Spanish for 10 seconds before telling your ride would be there in 5 minutes. It was ALWAYS five minutes. No torturous waiting while you watch a little cartoon car circle Division Street for nine mysterious minutes. That is consistency!

When I saw this shirt from The Dominguez Corp, I was instantly taken back to a beautiful fall day, sitting in the back seat of a beat-up Lincoln Town Car running red lights on Bowery. This excellent navy t-shirt actually represents the Dominican diaspora. All of NYC-raised designer Joel Popodeur’s family members have driven a cab, whether they came to the U.S. in the 1970s or 2000s. Driving a car in New York City gave immigrants the power to make their own money and be their own boss. Sadly, thanks to ridesharing services, this field is dying. This shirt reminds me of the better, simpler, times. 5 minutes! 5 minutes! 5 minutes!

This is the shirt!!! Wow.