NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will see a new kind of taxi on its streets this summer — and it won't be yellow.
Apple green was announced Sunday as the official new color for the 18,000 livery cabs that will serve Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and northern Manhattan.
The head of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, David Yassky, says the new cabs will be licensed to pick up passengers by street hail. It's currently illegal for livery cabs to be stopped on the street, though it's common practice.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Boro Taxis he proposed will bring safe, comfortable, less costly service to areas outside Manhattan.
The first of 6,000 annual batches of cab permits will be issued in June.