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Cheryl Harris Sharman

Cheryl Harris Sharman is a freelance writer and researcher (cherylharrissharman.com).

I’ll Take My Chances on the Nightshift

“Night cab driving,” says Malik, “the first three hours is important.” Malik, 46, is at ease in the driver’s seat of his yellow cab cruising over the Triborough Bridge. He drives with one hand on the wheel, one hand on the gearshift, and talks about life as a taxi driver. As he talks, he glances up in the rearview mirror, a practiced cab driver routine that enables him to see what’s on the road as well as who’s in his cab. His large molasses brown eyes look kind, rather like the eyes a child might draw if asked to make a picture of friendly eyes.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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