Six people were killed in the 10025 zip code last year, compared to just one in 2013.
The taxi was engulfed in fire at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 58th Street.
Police said a man and a woman stole cash from a cab driver.
The accident took place at East 70th Street and York Avenue just after 9 a.m. Thursday.
Reginald Wilson, 36, punched the driver after refusing to pay the full $21.50 fare, police said.
The passenger hit the driver with a blunt object and ran away, police said.
The woman blew a .229 on a blood-alcohol content test after she was caught with stolen cab, NYPD said.
Bernard Vickers, 23, saved a trapped cabbie and passenger after a manhole exploded under their taxi.
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An SUV from New Golden Horse car service flipped onto its roof during a crash, witnesses said.
A group of women beat up a cab driver after trying to get out of the car without paying, police said.
A taxi jumped the curb and hit a man before smashing into a vacant storefront, witnesses said.
Police are on the hunt for Kenneth Suden, 41, who they say stabbed livery cab driver Fernando Crespin.
The 58-year-old victim was struck by a taxi on 79th Street and Madison Avenue.
The personal drivers of some of Manhattan's mega-wealthy have been accused of being illegal cabbies.
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