Here's an exercise: try hailing a yellow cab in Brooklyn late one night and tell them you want to go to Queens. If you get an answer, it won't likely be one that ends in you getting home in an efficient manner.
That's been the case for years: the city taxis have slighted the outer boroughs. It makes sense from a business standpoint - you're more likely to go a longer length between passengers taking someone to a less populated area.
But the major irony comes now as the taxi lobby complains about Uber's slow grip on the outer boroughs. It's like the child that wants nothing to do with a toy until they see someone else pick it up.
Yellow taxis wanted nothing to do with Queens and for the most part Brooklyn until the trendy taxi-service app took over. Now with just a tap on a touch screen, residents can get from Jackson Heights to Bayside or from South Ozone Park to South Street Seaport.
According to an opinion piece published in the Daily News, data from the Taxi & Limousine Commission says that 90.3 percent of all their pickups are in Manhattan and an additional 3.5 percent at the airports. For Uber, only 27 percent of pickups take place in Manhattan.
And what does Manhattan have a lot more of than Brooklyn and Queens? Subway stations and access to a lot more public transportation. In neighborhoods like Maspeth, there isn't an easy to access subway station.
A car is also a luxury a lot of New Yorkers can't afford, so you run out of options in case of an emergency.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to cap Uber thanks to pressure from the yellow cab lobby, but there's a good chance he's never tried to get a taxi to Queens at 1 a.m. on a Saturday. You're almost better off hitchhiking.