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By Stephanie - 5 min read

Let us introduce you guys to Max Cohen aka thingsiseefrommycab. Max currently studies business in New York City and drives a taxi around town on weekends. The special thing about it: he makes his rides more exciting by taking pictures of his adventures..

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Hi everybody!

Let us introduce you guys to Max Cohen aka thingsiseefrommycab. Max currently studies business in New York City and drives a taxi around town on weekends. The special thing about it: he makes his rides more exciting by taking pictures of his adventures..

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Tell us a a little about yourself: who are you and how did you become a taxi driver?

I was born in Jerusalem to hippie parents who decided it would be cool if I was born in Jerusalem. They kept it moving after I was born, travelling through over 12 countries before I turned 2. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany until I was 3 where my dad was a professor at the university and a Chaplin on the American military base. I moved to Vancouver B.C. when I was 4 and lived there till I was 15. I then moved to Orange County in CA, specifically Mission Viejo where I lived until I graduated high school. When I graduated high school my family moved to NYC where, with the exception of the last two years, I lived in LA working for a medical marijuana dispensary.

I moved back to the city last November to get my masters in business or MBA from which I complete this May. Currently I go to school full time during the week and drive my cab during the weekends. I also shoot music videos and am in development on a number of projects to write and direct.

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How did you get started with taking photos from your cab?

I started taking pics from my cab, really as just a thing to make driving for 12hr plus shifts a little more entertaining. Someone recommended that I start uploading them to Tumblr and it just started taking off from there.

Do you get interesting customers?

I get all types of interesting customers and all types of non interesting customers more interested in their smart phones. You kind of get desensitized to all the madness like an ER doctor would. I mean how many transvestites can you take to hockey practice before shit starts getting weird?

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Which NY district is your favorite to drive in?

Theres no specific district I prefer, I drive weekends at night so downtown is usually the place to be. Different shifts on different days require different strategies.Day drivers during the week tend to stick in Midtown etc.

Here’s a movie where Max shows you how to hit every green light between 1st and 125th street on a Sunday night.

Can you tell us more about other projects you’re working on?

I started a kickstarter project for a play I wrote a year ago. It was kind of an experiment to gauge the power of that site. Currently, I have just formed my LLC and am getting my start-up ready for launch. Its a website and accompanying mobile app that helps people find business. Its like Yelp except light years better.I’m also pursuing my directing and writing. I have a number of music videos coming up and am writing a few scripts. I have an amazing script that if made will be the best car chase movie in NYC film history.

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The script goes like this: over a weekend night in NYC sometime in the near future, an old school cab driver in his souped up crown vic is trying to get to the cloister castles at the top of Manhattan to return a mysterious package left in his cab to its owners, who have taken someone he loves hostage. Unfortunately, it’s the same night that the power source for the new “cab of the future” has started turning New york cities cab drivers into murderous psychopaths, making things a little more difficult then originally planned. The play is called “HACK”.

Thank you for the interview, Max! Follow Max on thingsiseefrommycab and stop by on his bloghere.

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