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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Hungry Cabbie

taxi_skyline.jpgid_blogs.gifIt's said that it is possible to eat in a different New York City restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, each day for the rest of one's life, and never eat in the same place twice. At the intersection of Broadway & Gourmand, a man is standing dedicated to changing all that. 'Famous Fat Dave' aka David Freedenberg, is a NYC cab driver who's blog, The Hungry Cabbie just couldn't happen anywhere else than in NYC. This is the real thing— local man with obsessive drive (pardon me) meets Web 2.0 technology, and goes global. Dave eats his way through the traffic, in all five boroughs, publishing a Web log of street gastronomy that reads as a documentation and celebration of our diversity, neighborhoods and people; not to mention the shawarma, pasta and pastrami.

Zagat SurveyHow important is any of this to a real estate agent? Street food (albeit more on foot) seems to work into my day as well. Since my time is divided into many short appointments, I'm often eating on the go. That kind of information is helpful in giving people a sense of neighborhood. Real estate blog Curbed has an entire category dedicated to posts about restaurants. The Corcoran Group, felt that access to information on local eateries was such an important consideration to potential homeowners, that it has added detailed neighborhood guides and restaurant reviews from the Zagat Survey as part of the search data for every single property listing on corcoran.com. Eateries help define a neighborhood's culture, and become places where the locals meet. I'm usually quick to point out the essential local joints to customers when out showing properties to them. They are often the things which make us feel most at home. Mr. Freedenberg has unlocked the intrinsic value in his knowledge too by offering his Five Borough Eating Tour On The Wheels Of Steel. According to recent comments on his blog, he spent most of 2006 working on a pilot for The Food Network and there may be a book deal for him soon. He's already writes a column for gothamist on a semi-regular basis. You've gotta love this guy!

Cab drivers, like barbers, have traditionally been the some of the custodians of the oral tradition in news analysis and rumors in our culture. There are blogs being written by a tribe of NYC cab drivers including The Hungry Cabbie, New York Hack, Buddha Cab and Hack Shots; collectively forming a fascinating curbside view of the city that I admire as a genuine, home-grown phenomenon.

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