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September 2018 – Keys to the City is a newsletter featuring information about city services that are available to TLC drivers and their families.

Free this month   NYC Well – Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7
  • NYC WELL – Free help. Trouble coping? Don’t struggle alone.
  • Yoga Classes – Taxi Yoga combines disciplines from Tai Chi, Yoga, Nei Kung, Feldenkrais and Western Sports Medicine.
  • HSE Program – Free Adult classes.
  • Mariners Harbor Mobile Market – Free fruits and vegetables to those eligible.
  • Alley Pond Adventure Course – Great for team building activities.
  • Pet Food Pantry – Help for pet owners facing difficulties.

We’re here to listen and help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety or drug and alcohol misuse. For you or someone you care about.

For free confidential mental health and substance use support:

  • call 888-NYC-WELL (888)
  • text WELL to 65173
  • Chat
A counselor can provide short-term counseling, access to other mental health services, and appointment scheduling assistance. For more information visit NYC Well. Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7
Free Yoga Classes

Taxi Yoga is geared toward professional drivers and individuals who sit for prolonged periods of time. It combines disciplines from Tai Chi, Yoga, Nei Kung, Feldenkrais and Western Sports Medicine.
When:  Sundays from 9am to 12pm & Mondays from 7-9pm
Where: 210 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

For more information call (718) 705-1111. Visit Taxi Yoga or cut and paste:
FREE HSE Program   FREE produce at Mariners Harbor
The Brooklyn Public Library can help you prepare for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) which has replaced the GED test or the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). 

TASC preparation classes are available in English and Spanish.

When: Visit Brooklyn Public Library Adult Learning Centers for details

Where: 1044 Eastern Parkway - 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11213

More information:


You are eligible to receive free fruits and vegetables twice a month if you reside in:

  • Mariners Harbor, Todot Hill, or West Brighton NYCHA houses
  • Arlington Terrace Apartments
  • 10302, 10303, 10310, 10314 zip codes

Visit the basketball court directly in front the Senior Center located at 22 Roxbury Street, Staten Island, NY 10303 from 9:30 am- 11:30am. Bring your photo ID and separate matching proof of address. Each household may register only once. Call the Mobile Market Hotline the day before (866) 444-0244. Visit City Harvest for more information about mobile markets in other boroughs.

Market Dates:

  • Saturday, September 15
  • Wednesday, October 3
  • Saturday, October 20
  • Wednesday, November 7
  • Saturday, November 17
  • Wednesday, December 5
  • Saturday, December 15
Free - Alley Pond Adventure Course Pet food pantry

The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course features a zip-line, climbing and boulder wall, swings, balance platforms and much more!  It also promotes team-building and problem-solving skills. Open to individuals ages 8 and older.

Date and time:
Every Sunday from September 2 – October 29, 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park
For more information call (718) 217-4685 or visit Alley Pond Park Adventure Course—Team Building Activities


Animal Care Center (ACC) has a pet food pantry available to dog and cat owners who may be experiencing economic difficulties. Pet owners must bring their pet in for a free microchipping and sign an enrollment agreement to begin receiving pet food.
Location: ACC Admissions Center, 464 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458
Hours: 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

For more information e-mail, call (212) 788-4000 or visit Community Pets Program - ACC’s Community Pets Program

Driver Spotlight - Thierno Diakhate

A Q&A with Thierno a yellow taxi driver who once helped the NYPD catch a bank robber.

Q: How many years have you been driving professionally?
A: 4 years

Q: What are your favorite things about being a driver?
A: The fact that I know New York City so well and also I meet people from all around the world. It’s just amazing.

Q: Have you driven any celebrities?
A: I love soccer and I had the pleasure of driving former Real Madrid player Esteban Cambiasso and his family.

Q: What has driving professionally taught you?
A: Driving professionally taught me a lot about things such as cultures, religion, and friendships. For example, I got advice from passengers to continue my education.

TLC Online Tip

Visit NYC TLC Channel - Training Videos for TLC related training videos such as:

  • Drive Like Your Family Lives Here
  • LPEP Training Video (VTS)
  • LPEP Training Video (VTS) - Spanish Version
  • Street Hail Livery Information Session
  • Safety First - Vision Zero Training for Professional Drivers (TLC Audience)
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