They're turning on the heat, and not just in their cars.
Some of New York City's quirkiest cabbies are cutting loose in the 2018 Taxi Drivers calendar. Silly, sexy and provocative, you can find eleven male, and one female, drivers gracing this year's calendar pages.
Husband and wife duo Phil and Shannon Kirkman cooked up the idea of a cabbie calendar, so these characters can strut their stuff and share some of the limelight with groups like firefighters ,who are better known for calendar covers.
"These individuals are often cast in a negative light," said Phil Kirkman. He continued, "In the current environment which is very divisive and nonsensical, it feels very pressing to shine a positive light on these individuals."
Each calendar costs $14.99 and some of the proceeds go to University Settlement, the original settlement house for immigrants in the United States. University Settlement was founded in 1865 and provides early childhood, youth programming, housing assistance, adult and older adult programs, mental health services, as well as community centers, art, and creative centers.
In the calendar's five year partnership with University Settlement they have raised more than $60,000.
Luis Marte, one of the taxi drivers in the calendar said, "we want to show, in reality, most people in the calendar are immigrants, and we want people to know who we are, and at the same time we're trying to do something fun."
This year Marte is posing for the second time. After he posed last year he said he received messages he didn't know from women on Facebook.
"On my Facebook, I got bombarded by a bunch of ladies from New Jersey sending me friend requests, if I can go out with them for a date," said Marte.
Another Driver, Terry Samlall, said his family enjoyed the calendar.
"My wife was excited, she was like she wants a calendar to give out to families, if I could grab a few for her for Christmas," said Samlall. "She was excited, my kids was laughing. My son, who's is elder (oldest), he was laughing, he was like dad you are really funny."
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