Taxi $$$

taxi_nyc_night.jpg We all think Taxis cost too much. But most of us just bring a $20 and hope for the best. Not anymore!

Taxi Fare Finder estimates how much any cab ride will cost within the five boroughs (and Newark Airport). One click on the map sets the starting point, while another click sets the destination. Alternatively, you can type in the your starting and ending addresses. While it doesn’t include gratuity or tolls and doesn’t take traffic or detours into account, it does help to give travelers an idea of what a ride will cost. I typed my home and office addresses in, and it estimated the ride will cost $7.78. That is within $0.40 of what it actually cost me on Friday.

Taxi Fare Finder is powered by Google Maps, and is among a number of really helpful themed mashups that you can use. Check out this NYC Halloween 2006 mashup for some really cool events going on this week. To see more helpful mashups, go to Google Maps Mania.

Thanks to Neil from Melbourne for the tip on NYC Taxi Fare Finder and Tracy Rollings for the NYC Halloween tip.

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