Cabs go floral for fall

A cheerful diversion from the confusing taxi strike: New York City cabs have updated their fall wardrobes. “Starting today and extending through December, hand-painted,...

A cheerful diversion from the confusing taxi strike: New York City cabs have updated their fall wardrobes. “Starting today and extending through December, hand-painted, adhesive, weatherproof images of giant decorative flowers will be applied to the hoods, trunks or roofs of New York City’s yellow taxicabs,” reports the New York Times city room blog. Nonprofit group Portraits of Hope originated the project, Garden in Transit, in 2000, to provide creative therapy for seriously ill and disabled children, by having them hand-paint the panels. Participants, also including students and adults from after-school programs and nonprofit groups, have since painted 27,600 panels, more than enough to decorate a majority of the city’s 13,000 cabs.

Mayor Bloomberg and the taxi commission jumped on board in 2006. Yesterday, at a news conference in Union Square, organizers unveiled six cabs with the designs.
“By unleashing the creative power and civic pride of New Yorkers, our city has come together for one of the biggest volunteer efforts we have ever seen,” the mayor said.

I’m glad I only had time to write half of this blog yesterday because the pictures online don’t do justice to the flower-paneled cabs. I passed a few last night, and they are so much fun!

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