The new Five Boro Taxi cab was unveiled at City Hall Sunday, and the new cabs are a "Big Apple" green.
Permits for the new cabs will be provided to livery cab companies, which will be able to legally pick up street hails outside of Manhattan, and in Northern Manhattan above East 96th and West 110th Streets.
The 18,000 permits will be made available to livery companies, with 6,000 hitting the streets in June.
"In a few weeks, when the licenses are first issued, they will be able to serve their customers legally. They will be able to provide the same top-caliber service Manhattanites enjoy," said Taxi Limousine Commissioner David Yassky.
Boro Taxis will all be equipped with credit card machines, roof lights signaling when they are available and fare meters.
The city says a ride in the new cab will cost the same as in a yellow taxicab.