Sometimes there’s a video about a New Yorker which makes you catch your breath with wonder. Such is this touching video about Johnny ‘Spider’ Footman and his experience driving a New York cab for over 60 years.
The video spans the time from when he bagan driving cabs in the early 1940′s to now. Those early shots of NYC cabs illustrate a massive gap between that post-war reality and now.
The cabs then were so spick and span. People dressed up to ride in them! Taking a ride in a cab was just that special. Almost unimaginable compared with today.
Now the cabs are clean and grubby at the same time they’re used so constantly and crowded with a protective barrier between the front and back seats.
Johnnie reminds us in a very poignant way, that the multicultural faces of New York cab drivers is tangible evidence that many New York immigrants raise their families on the wages they earn driving a cab and from him it is a tribute to their hard work and to the economic opportunitites New York provide.
And his personal history reminds us of the tolerance that is mostly ofered in New York. We salute you Johnny and tip our hat to your service and your immense personal dignity. LIKE the wonderful stories of New Yorkers.