New York City's oldest hack is Johnnie "Spider" Footman, a cigar-munching 92-year-old from Harlem who has been on the job since Franklin Roosevelt was in the White House.
"They had sex in the back in the '50s, '60s and '70s," he recalled with a twinkle in his eye. "The cabs were a lot bigger then."
He drives his cab two days a week, and spends another two at 55 Stan taxi company in Long Island City, Queens, where he listens to taxi engines for the slightest sign of trouble.
"I'm more comfortable with him than a lot of other drivers," depot co-owner Jerry Nazari said. "He has a good, calm personality, good knowledge of the city, and he enjoys what he does."