March 5, 2012 3:00 AM

dyr new york DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Rickey At NYU

“The Man is starting to implement a lot of bike lanes and he’s putting a lot of things in the middle of the streets!”

The Ride
The Driver: Rickey
Car in Question: 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Spotted at: NYU Campus, West 3rd St and Sullivan St, New York, N.Y. 10012
Odometer: 53,371


Q: Hey Rickey! How’s it going? What kind of car is this?

A: Nissan Pathfinder, 2006.

Q: Are you loving it?

A: Eh.

Q: You’re over it, huh?

A: Over it.

Q: Alright, so what’s the next car you’re thinking about?

A: Might be a Mercedes-Benz. I’m thinking an ML 500 or 550.

Q: Well, is that the dream car? If not, what’s the ultimate?

A: Probably that same Mercedes-Benz line. Maybe a Range Rover or something like that. That could be the dream car. Oh, maybe a Cadillac.

Q: Yeah, stay American, I’m all about that.

A: You know what, I’m really starting to think about staying American. Buying American, so you know, this might be all out.

Q: Nissan is out, huh?

A: Yeah.

Q: So what’s your favorite driving music?

A: I like rap music, Jay-Z and Kanye.

Q: What’s the best road trip you’ve taken in this particular car?

A: New York to Virginia. That’s the longest I would go. I hate to drive.

Q: You hate to drive?

A: I hate to drive long distances. I always fly.

Q: Do you live in the city?

A: Yeah, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Q: I’m in Park Slope with the mommies.

A: Well, you got more money. [laughs]

Q: No way, I have to share with two roommates. What’s your favorite pit stop in the city?

A: I like to go eat at Cabana’s or Negril, down the block. Pretty good food.

Q: Is that the best place to eat around here?

A: I think so. Have you ever been to Negril or Cabana’s by the Seaport? You gotta go.

Q: I try to stay away from the seaport. Too many tourists.

A: Not at nighttime. Tourists go to sleep at eight.

Q: What’s your favorite part of having a car in the city? Or your least favorite part?

A: Parking!

Q: Parking is the worst?

A: Yeah and driving through the city. There are a lot of tourists, vans and trucks. Also, The Man is starting to implement a lot of bike lanes and he’s putting a lot of things in the middle of the streets! Sidewalks in the middle of the street, which he’s trying to say is beautification and going green, but he’s making it worse for the environment.

Photos and interview by Chinae Alexander

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