Cafe Maddy Cab Helps Pay For Taxi Rides For Members Of Asian Community In New York City

The recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes has people expressing concerns about riding the subway. Among them is a Brooklyn woman who found a way to get people free safe rides. She shared her effort, Cafe Maddy Cab, with CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis.

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- Well the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes has people expressing concerns about riding the subway.

- Among them, a woman in Brooklyn who found a way to get people free, safe rides. Sharing her effort, Cafe Maddy Cab with CBS 2's Jenna DeAngelis.

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JENNA DEANGELIS: Madeline Park shares her passion for cooking on social media, which she calls Cafe Maddy. Mixed in her cooking tutorials is a video addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

MADELINE PARK: Thank you, for praying against hate.

JENNA DEANGELIS: It was recent reports of hate, which led to her own concerns while commuting to her job as a dentist.

MADELINE PARK: I took the train, and I didn't realize that I would feel so terrified the whole ride.

JENNA DEANGELIS: She didn't want the cost of a cab to hinder people from taking one, so with the help of friends she cooked up Cafe Maddy Cab.

MADELINE PARK: We started a fund to pay for cab rides for Asian elderly, Asian women, and Asian members of the LGBTQ community, so that they feel safe enough to take cab rides instead of taking the train.

JENNA DEANGELIS: The effort started with her own donation of $2,000 to those who answered her call to action on Instagram. She was blown away by the response. In just two days, getting $100,000 in donations.

MADELINE PARK: It was really good to see that everybody was standing in solidarity with us and supporting us, because in a lot of news articles and videos we're seeing, people turning a blind eye.

JENNA DEANGELIS: The way it works is those who take a cab for safety, submit a form noting the reason, along with a picture of the receipt which is reviewed. After getting so many requests, Park took time off work and put her cooking on hold. More than 1,100 requests have been completed, which she says couldn't have been done without donations.

MADELINE PARK: I think it's a huge message of hope. I hope this program or initiative becomes unnecessary as soon as possible.

JENNA DEANGELIS: She says she hopes this sparks a greater conversation with the city on how to find ways to help people who ride the subway feel more safe. In downtown Brooklyn, Jenna DeAngelis, CBS 2 News.

- And if you are looking for help or need a ride, we have information on our website, CBSNewYork.com. Just click on links and numbers.