January 7, 2012
Cabbies: Melissa Plaut
NEW YORK CITY - Melissa Plaut is the author of Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab. A college graduate, Melissa Plaut grew up in the suburbs of New York. After being laid off a job as a advertising copywriter, she started driving taxi in New York City. After about a year, Plaut began a blog called New York Hack. She wrote about her adventures and observations as a woman behind the wheel of New York's iconic and ubiquitous Yellow Cab. The blog gained a following, and eventually lead to a book deal. "Hack" was published in 2007 to critical praise. Although Melissa Plaut no longer works as a cabbie or updates her blog, she remains an advocate for New York cab drivers and fairness in the industry. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also is an occasional contributer at the Huffington Post.