Gabby Cabby

Take a Tour With Me!

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You can telephone for free by using “skype” if you are a member.  It is free to join and will not cost you anything to make a call.  Our skype number is “nyctaxi”

**** New York City is cracking down on Airbnb types of accommodations.  The owners are being fined and the tourists are being evicted.  When I tell people they are illegal, I hear, “But, they are advertised on the internet.” That is pure nonsense.  If you are still intent on dealing with this caper, at least do yourself the favor of having me inspect the place before you book it and send money.  I charge a small fee for my visit and you can contact me at

My tours are approved by all organizations that approve tours.

Many years ago I was also a byline reporter for the New York Times.  Listen to some of the interviews I have done for the BBC.   I also had my own show on BBC Upallnight. Go to Podcasts.

They are guaranteed for life and have a warranty.

Questions?  Let us get personal, telephone me or I will call you with no obligation for that personal touch.   “nyctaxi” is  skype.  I shall answer your questions and concerns.

**Book a tour with me and I will pick you up at the airport or cruise terminal at no charge subject to availability.  That is $100 that stays in your pocket.

**Give me as a gift and I will telephone the recipient anywhere in the world to announce your gift and to discuss their visit to NYC.

**Also, ask me about picking you up at the end of your ship cruise or airport landing, give you a tour, and take you to the airport so you can fly home that same day.


**** On the streets of New York City in my vehicle, I am at an altitude of six inches.  Fixed wing is 10,000 feet, the helicopter is 5,000 feet.

Younger Gabby Cabby

                        Older Gabby Cabby



By the way, once you are here, you are completely under my watchful eye.  Need a doctor?  Need a lawyer?  Need a dentist? I answer my telephone 24 hours a day for emergencies.  And, speaking of the telephone, if you have questions about my tours, just send me your phone number and I will call you anywhere in the world, so we can schmooze.  Keep in mind that airbnb types of lodgings are illegal in NYC.  If you get evicted at three in the morning, just telephone me and I will help you to move to a real legal hotel.


Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? Not me. I even give you a bag to carry your stuff in.


Ask me about “A Day at the Beach.” A summer only special treat.


image012This is not how I drive…..

But first a word about “Pitfalls” in the city I love…..

Never book a tour with anyone other than a licensed NYC Tour Guide.  If you do, you are not covered by medical insurance and no automobile or bus insurance company will cover you if the driver is not certified by the city.  I am a licensed Tour Gide and a licensed Taxi driver and I have full insurance coverage.  Never book a tour because of published “good reviews.”  Although I have great reviews, don’t trust reviews in general.  Some (not mine) are written by the vendors themselves.   Ask me about a hotel or a restaurant and I will give you the straight information.  It will not be owned by my brother in law.

Never book a tour in an uncomfortable vehicle.  When I give a tour, it is in a nice air-conditioned, comfortable van with soft seats.  I stop where you want me to stop and there are no shortcuts.  If the tour is taking longer, it takes longer.  I am not working against a clock.  The tour lasts as long as I like you.

Never book a tour that doesn’t include restroom stops.  Also, photo opportunity stops and just stretching stops.

Never book a room at illegal lodgings. There is no such thing as a legal bed and breakfast in NYC.  It against the law and the perpetrator can be fined as much as $7,000 and the guests can find themselves out on the street in the middle of the night.

Never book a tour with a guide who does not give you a complimentary tote bag for your collectibles from my city that I love.

How about those double decker bus tours?  My personal tours are like “flying first class.”  The double decker tours are “steerage” Nothing wrong with them and if that floats your boat, I can arrange one for you. Look at this movie to see how a double decker cruises the mean city streets. 

We can exchange correspondence or talk on the phone when you give me your telephone number for any place in the world.



I started giving my tours in 1998 when I had a lot more hair.

New York Skyline


Here is just one of the many interesting sights you get to see with me. Click on the image to see the film strip.


Just one of the many interesting sights you get to see with me. Click on the image to see the film strip. 


My credentials to do the tours are that I have been in the New York City taxi cab and tour business on the streets of the Big Apple for thirty years.  I know this city like the back of my hand.  I have a hack license and I have a tour guide license.   I am certified.  If you have a large family I can take up to 15 passengers.

In addition, I was in the United States Army Reserve for thirty years and served as a First Sergeant for 12 years.  With that combination of taxi driver and soldier, you know you are going to be safe with me.

I like the kiddies and the older folk are welcome (room for a walker but not a mechanized machine)

i am a nice grandfather.

Gabby Cabby laying on cab hood

Gabby Cabby in the Military

A new tour is West Point, the United States Military Academy.  Veterans get a discount.

Many years ago I was also a byline reporter for the New York Times.  Listen to some of the interviews I have done for the BBC.   I also had my own show on BBC Upallnight. Go to

I have been married to the same wonderful woman for 47 years and we have three great kids.  We have just become grandparents for the first time.  One son is a Major and one son is a Captain in the United States Army.  Our daughter is a reservist in a military history detachment.  She has a Phd in military history. Obviously, if your children are also coming on the tour, that is absolutely no problem.  (I know how to adjust for them.)

If there is an elderly or handicapped person coming on the tour that will be no problem since I love old codgers and I intend to be one someday.  I like old codgers.

The most popular vehicle tour I give is a full day exploration of Manhattan /Bronx. I pick you up at your hotel at 8:00 AM.  You should be in front of the hotel).  It even passes President Obama’s college house and Geroge Carlin’s apartment building.

If you are giving someone a tour as a gift, I will telephone that person (anyplace in the world) to announce how thoughtful you are.

Times Square


We usually get back at about 3:00 PM. I say “usually” because if the traffic is tough and it takes longer, I don’t quit until you have seen it all.  I will even drop you off at a location other than your hotel.

I also have an all day tour of Brooklyn which will knock your socks off. The prices are the same as the Manhattan/Bronx Tour and so is its length. You could book either tour or both.

On your day with me, if you want to go to the top of the world trade center, the Statue of Liberty, of any other “site” I will wait for you.  Please know that some of the “sites” charge admission.

You are picked up at your hotel at 9am and we generally end at about 4pm.  In most instances, because of traffic, I will not end the tour until you have seen everything I have planned for you.  For instance, I will show you the Statue of Liberty from my “secret spot” but you don’t need me to take you on a boat to it.  That you will do by yourself.

Also, ask me about my newest tour which I call “Cinema.”  Pick your favorite NYC location movie and we will explore the actual scene sights together.  How about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or maybe “Ghostbusters.”


Do not just book online, but let me first answer any questions you might have.  (I can adjust to your date even if it indicates it is already taken) Send an email to

For larger groups, I use a larger van.  For much larger groups, a full-size bus is used.  Cost will be quoted.  Just ask me.

Airport and ship pickups are my joy.   No charge on day of tour.  (I park my vehicle and meet you at baggage claim which is like having a relative meet you.) 

I use a Dodge Caravan which seats five typical size passengers subject to luggage limitations.

Keep in mind that this is not just some quickie look at the city. We are going to go through all the ethnic areas like Chinatown, Little Italy, Black Harlem, and Spanish Harlem. We will also see the rich and the filthy rich.  We go to Greenwich Village and Soho.

China Town Chinese Dragon

We will even go to the South Bronx and take a look at the most dangerous place in New York City.


While we are doing this, we will be also seeing all the standard sights like the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, the World Trade Center area and the Staten Island Ferry.


Besides just showing you the city I will explain to you how you can be in it and save a great deal of money.

For instance, I will teach you how to ride the buses and the subways. I want you to get the most for your money while you are here.

Crane dropping railroad car from cargo ship

While we are going around if you see something that interests you and you want to go in, no big deal. You will go in.

At one point during the day, we will stop for lunch and I can guarantee that it will be a neighborhood place where the real New Yorkers hang out. It will not be owned by my brother in law and it will only cost you a few dollars for the meal.


If you have any further questions, I want you to contact me. Should you want to book a date, I will let you know how you will be paying for all of this.

I really think it is a kick that you want to consider spending the day with me. I can promise you that it will be a day you will long remember. We will have a ball as I show you the city I love.

By the way….If you are in the mood to just shop until you drop and save a great deal of money on your purchases, I have a fantastic way to do it.  Just take a look at shop.

I also give a tour which takes you to a famous mall and a visit to West Point in the burbs.



By the way, to help you consider taking a tour with me, the first thing you should do is go to JOKES.  Listen to them and see if you want to spend the day with me.

Email is

Skype is “nyctaxi”

Questions?      Email me  so we can coordinate the time for a telephone call from me to you to anyplace in the world.  I love questions.

But, last but not least, here is my typical day on the streets of NYC.