Move Over, Firefighters: NYC Cabbies Put Out Own Calendar

Taxi drivers decide it's time to take a spin as pinups
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Move Over, Firefighters: NYC Cabbies Put Out Own Calendar
Taxi driver Terry Samlall poses Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in New York. Smalall is featured as Mr. November in the 2018 NYC Taxi Drivers calendar. The NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar has twelve New York City cabbies smirking and smoldering their way through 2018 in a tongue-in-cheek pinup calendar.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy? That's the tongue-in-cheek goal of a quirky pinup calendar featuring a dozen New York City taxi drivers smirking and smoldering in provocative poses in and around their yellow cabs, reports the AP. The NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar was the brainchild of Phil and Shannon Kirkman, a husband-and-wife team who thought it was high time cabbies stepped out from behind the wheel and enjoyed a little of the attention that firefighters and others have gotten from their steamy calendars. "No. 1, you rarely see the driver," Phil Kirkman says. "You get in a cab and they're facing forward and that's sort of your experience with the driver. And we saw that as an opportunity to shine a positive light on them and the industry that they work in."

A portion of sales of the $14.99 calendar benefits University Settlement, a charity that helps low-income New York City immigrants. That five-year partnership, which has so far raised more than $60,000, makes sense, Kirkman says, because the majority of taxi drivers are immigrants. Eleven men and one woman camp it up in the 2018 taxi calendar. A shirtless driver in Chippendales-style bowtie and shirt cuffs leans against a vintage Checker cab.Terry Samlall, Mr. November, is pictured draping his hand over the steering wheel as a female passenger tucks a $100 bill into his mesh T-shirt. The 46-year-old Samlall says he doesn't get tips that big in real life. After Luis Marte posed last year on the cover with his shirt unbuttoned, women he didn't know contacted him on Facebook. "My wife was having none of it," says the 34-year-old.

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