Where Are The Riders in NYC?
At INSHUR we look for ways to help Uber drivers make more money and revealing the best places to find riders in New York City is one of them. As NYC continues to lift its coronavirus restrictions, our TLC drivers’ guide to identifying likely pickup locations continues…
The following information is correct at the time of writing on April 27.
There are lots of changes to capacity in different areas of life and leisure in New York this month, so we’re breaking down the latest capacity guidance and some key events to look out for.
On May 19, spectator capacity will increase to 25% at large-scale arenas and event venues, including collegiate and professional sports and large-scale performances.
There are a number of big events coming up throughout May:
- Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers. Fans of the Yankees will be heading to the Yankee Stadium (1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY 10451) on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May at 1.05pm.
- Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs. Nets fans will be heading to Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217) on Wednesday, May 12 at 8pm.
- New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets. Knicks fans will be heading to Madison Square Garden on Saturday 15 May.
- Patti Austin in Concert. Fans of the singer/songwriter will be heading to Sony Hall (235 W. 46th St., NY 10036) on Saturday 22 May at 8pm.
Insider’s scoop: As tickets in large venues and arenas are still so limited, they’re selling out fast, so they’re a great place to pick up riders.
Museums & Zoos
Governor Cuomo has announced that capacity for museums and zoos will increase from 33% to 50% On April 26.
Of course, there are many popular museums and galleries throughout New York City, but it’s especially worth looking out for riders at the Museum of the Moving Image. This museum is reopening on May 1 with a three-story extension that features a 267-seat cinema and an expanded gallery. Returning with a special exhibition Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey, it’s expected to be popular.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, NY 11106.
When: May 1, Fridays from 2-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm.
Insider’s scoop: To see if it’s worth heading there for riders, you can take a look at ticket availability for the gallery and screenings here. You’re likely to find some riders when a big screening finishes.
It was also announced that capacity for movie theatres will increase on April 26, from 25% up to 33%. Now that more people can visit the theater, you can expect some more after-movie pick-ups.
Insider’s scoop: At the end of May, two highly anticipated films will be released in theaters. Both Cruella and A Quiet Place II (which has had its release pushed back a few times due to COVID-19) will be coming out on May 28. Check the schedule of your local theater to see when the first screenings are showing for these blockbusters.
Offices, Gyms & Casinos
On April 26, Governor Cuomo announced new capacity changes to offices, gyms and casinos. Starting May 15, offices will be able to increase from 50% to 75%, while casinos and other gaming facilities will increase from a 25% capacity to 50%.
Gyms in New York City will not have a capacity change, however, gyms outside of the city will be able to increase their capacity from 33% to 50% on May 15.
Insider’s scoop: With office capacity increasing, you could become a few people’s regular ride to work. Provide an excellent customer experience and you could even become their favorite driver and earn some extra tips!
It is important to note that, presently, indoor dining remains at 50% capacity (with restaurants outside of the city at 75%) and indoor and outdoor family entertainment remains at 33% capacity.
And last but not least…
After a long winter, Governors Island is re-opening in May! Having spent a lot of time indoors and distancing from others, New Yorkers will definitely want to head to the island to take a break from the city, especially if the weather is nice! Uber drivers who work in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn can expect both drop-offs and pick-ups to and from the ferry ports on both sides of the water.
Where: Governors Island, NY 11231.
When: Opening on May 1
Insider’s scoop: We wouldn’t recommend driving to the island, as even with an E-ZPass the toll is over $6. Instead, maximise your earnings by picking up and dropping off at the following locations:
- Lower Manhattan (daily): The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street.
- Brooklyn (Saturdays and Sundays): Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the intersection of Furman St. And Atlantic Ave., and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, near the intersection of Pioneer Street and Conover Street.
It’s important that you keep yourself and your passenger(s) safe when driving around the city during the pandemic. This includes wearing a face covering and keeping your car well ventilated. Click here to access our coronavirus resources for TLC drivers.