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Monday, October 6, 2008

Fixing Flats in the Streets

Flat Fix, Brooklyn
Photo by myself in Brooklyn.

A NYC cab is repaired for a flat tire.


'Flat fixes' specialize in, well, you guessed it, fixing flats. I'm not sure whether they exist outside New York or not. I only heard of them since moving to Brooklyn.

A whole slew of them exist here, because the streets are so terrible. Cars park in the street and have their bum tires repaired within a minute, for a nominal fee.

If you ever intend on driving in New York, good luck. Mark has gone through two tires and several puncture repairs this year.

Related posts: Taxi Driver, Safety and Taxi!.


Anonymous said...

Love this shot with the taxi and sign colors in perfect harmony!

My last visit to New York, a friend and I drove all over the city, shopping for food and stopping in little cafes and restaurants. Miraculously, her tires made it through unscathed. Will have to remember this place for next time, just in case!

Virginia said...

Great idea! We don't have them here. Suprise!

Mom Knows Everything said...

I've never heard of them before, but I have changed a flat tire myself.

Wayne said...

Neat pic Kitty.

That's an NYC thing I think. Flats aren't all that common here. Usually you pick up something sharp and even then the tire loses air slowly.

There are all kinds of tire shops here, like everywhere, but they don't work on the street. A reflection of property costs no doubt.

It makes me think of places like Calcutta where there is always a business close by that specializes in fixing something for a fair price.

Nathalie H.D. said...

Fun shot, this one.

I particularly liked your subway jam session photo and the "asleep on the D train" one.

Nathalie H.D. said...

Fun shot, this one.

I particularly liked your subway jam session photo and the "asleep on the D train" one.

Lady Di Tn said...

Your photos have character. Peace

Fashion Schlub said...

Yeah, I'm the Queen of the Flat Tire...as well as The Slow Leak. I'm very hard on tires...even out here in the burbs...can't imagine what will happen when I move to the big city!

dianasfaria.com said...

I love it when someone sees those in need & finds a remedy such as this.
This is an interesting picture with lots of details to look at.

Anonymous said...

The taxi driver was friendly to me last time I took a cab in NY. A very kind gentleman that asked for no tips!!

Chuck Pefley said...

I'd guess they must sell tires as well. I see fancy wheels in their window. Great juxtaposition of the sign and the blatant flat fact :)

Morty said...

These places tend to blend into the urban landscape. Not more than a week ago while taking the wife's car out to pick up dinner, I heard the unmistakable staccato of a nail keeping perfect time with the pavement. It was one of the rare occasions that I had the window open and the radio off. Luckily I live withn a few miles of a good number of these places. Ten minutes and Ten bucks later, the tire was like new, the radio was on, and I was happily cruising onward. No fuss! No Muss!