Monday, July 20, 2015


      Uber has begun televising a new ad today. Three individuals, one each from the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, testify to the near-impossibility of finding a cab in their neighborhoods. At least until Uber rode (or drove) to the rescue.

       These claims are straight-up lies.

       As it happens, I live fairly close to the South Bronx and have good friends who rent an apartment near the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street. In addition, my wife and I often take the Bx19 bus from Broadway and E. 145th Street in Manhattan to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. The Bx19’s route traverses much of the South Bronx. I can thus testify, from personal experience, that the major streets in the Bronx are well-serviced by livery vehicles that readily accept street hails. In addition, a simple Google search for car services in the 10451 zip code revealed numerous companies willing to dispatch a cab upon receiving a phone call.

      Tell me something, Mr. Plouffe. Were you as flagrantly dishonest when you ran Barack Obama’s campaign?

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