“Lots of music, all the time. Reggae, Calypso, Soca, mostly West Indian music.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Terrance
- Car in Question: Nissan Quantum
- Spotted at: Near the Empire State Building on 5th Avenue and 27th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016
- Odometer: 115,000
- Car’s Nickname: Betsy
Q: What are you doing here? What brings you here now?
A: I live in Boston, but I love New York. I was born and raised in New York. I came out here to do some shopping.
Q: What’s your car’s main use?
A: For the store, for business, to carry shopping supplies for the store. We put a lot of miles on it, my sister and I.
Q: Are you just using it for weekend trips?
A: It gets us around. A to B. All the time. We’re always full, nine seats, nine people.
Q: What’s your favorite day trip?
A: Come to New York. I love coming home. I grew up in New York mostly, and went to high school and college in Massachussettts.
Q: Where’s the furthest place you’ve driven to?
Q: Do you have any rules in your car?
A: No eating in the front seat. Kids to the rear. All kids to the rear.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to in your car?
A: Lots of music, all the time. Reggae, Calypso, Soca, mostly West Indian music.
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be and why?
A: This car is grumpy because she’s always on the road and there’s always kids jumping around in the back. Always on the road, always kids in the back, from newborns to teens, pre-teens, the whole nine.
Q: How long have you owned your vehicle?
A: It’s my sister’s vehicle and she’s owned it for about five years now.
Q: Where do you live?
A: I live in Boston, but I love New York. I was born and raised in New York.
Q: What’s your next ideal car or absolute dream car?
A: It would be a hybrid, of course. It would be a Cadillac Escalade hybrid. Good for the environment and lots of room in it.
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Photos and interview by Jai Mitchell