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New York cab drivers get romantic for 'beefcake' calendar for charity

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A cab driver in New York City can work as many as 12 hours per day. They pick up the busy, drunken and frantic commuters of one of America’s biggest cities without showers or a good workout.

This leaves people with the impression that they are fat, sweaty jerks who drive too fast and smell like smog.

But by the looks of the new NYC Taxi Drivers 2014 Beefcake Calendar, the cab drivers laugh at the stereotype.

Granted, the calendar is a play on the hunky fireman and other fit professionals. It brings a humorous side to the typical models by posing drivers with their cabs in various positions.

According to New York Magazine on Dec 10, writer Phil Kirkman and photographer Shannon MacLaughlin of Fauna Photography put out an ad for cab drivers who wanted to show that they were hot stuff.

Seven out of about 15 people agreed to get into the shoot after they heard what the project was. They all came from different backgrounds and religions, which made the shoot interesting.

“…so there was a constant dialogue of, 'Are you comfortable with this? With that?” Kirkman said to NY Mag.

Scenarios in the calendar include one cab driver leaning on his car with his shirt unbuttoned and a romance novel in hand, one blowing a kiss and another taking a duckface selfie in his front seat.

The calendar is not just for people who love the look of those who work long hours. It is actually a tool to raise donations for the oldest settlement house in America.

University Settlement provides programs for low-income and immigrant families and adults in need of services that include mental health, literacy and recreation.

It’s Houston Street Center calculated that about 8,800 people used its facilities in 2010, most of whom classified as low-income.

University House receives all of the money from each $14.99 copy of the seductive cabbies.

The popularity of the calendars has forced them to be on backorder in time for the holidays according to the order website. Shipments are expected to continue Dec 16.



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