Quick New York City Travel Tip:
When in New York City know that you can forget trying to get a cab at or around 4pm since that is when shifts change. Plan ahead or plan to walk.
We learned this the hard way… In fact, The New York Times reported that from 4 to 5 pm, the traditional hour for cabs to change shifts, the number of active taxicabs on the streets falls by nearly 20 percent compared with an hour before, according to a city review of GPS records taken from thousands of cab trips over the past year.
I can confirm, trying to hail a cab at this time is near impossible! Get your walking shoes on and get going.