‘Taxi Yellow’ is a color we all know because it’s what we see on the 13,000 NYC taxis driving mostly in Manhattan. But make way for ‘Big Apple Green Taxi’, which is the color of licensed NYC taxis that will primarily be in the NYC boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation in January 2012 allowing the sale of NYC taxi licenses for street hails in NYC outer boroughs, and NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved rules for this new fleet in mid-May 2012. After May 29, 2012, NYC will accept applications for the first 6,000 licenses, with another 12,000 licenses becoming available over two years. According to The New York Times, 20% of the new Big Apple taxis will have to be wheelchair-accessible.
Not everyone loves the new green. It’s also being described as ‘mint’, ‘warm wasabi’, and ‘big, pastry green.’ Personally, it seems most like ‘sea foam green’, ‘Crayola lime’, or ‘celadon’ to us.