Missed Love and Rickshaw Spidey

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 at 6:20 am by

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[Photo Credit: Slum Goddess]

A tale of missed love in the East Village vis-a-vis neighborhood sensation rickshaw Spidey.  Yes, as Slum Goddess reported last week, the man is back in action.

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The guy seeking love poured his emotions into the Craigslist Missed Connections:

I was standing on the corner of some streets I wasn’t really paying attention to (14th and 2nd, maybe?) with some friends, having just walked by the European dude dressed as Spider-Man offering lovers rides in his cart. You and your friend were in front of us. You overheard some comment I made about wanting to ride in the cart, but me and my friends not being lovers and commented back, but unfortunately, you were continuing down 2nd and we were crossing over, so I could only reply over my shoulder and smile at you. You’re very pretty, have a nice smile, and seemed not to find my commentary off-putting or obnoxious, haha. Coffee and/or beer sometime?

The acrobatic Richshaw Spiderman is actually the alias of Shaun Emerson, a thirty-something transplant from Miami.  His performances mainly cater to crowds near Tompkins Square Park and the immediate environs.  Cityroom had a profile on the man last year:

Born in Tucson, his father was in the Air Force, and he lived abroad at a young age. When Mr. Emerson got into the rickshaw business in Miami seven years ago, he began wearing the costume once a week on “Spider-Man Saturdays” to stand out. While rickshaw rides are popular in South Florida, donning a Spider-Man suit is not. After deciding to bring his act to New York, he bought a brand-new Spidey outfit, fixed up his pedicab and was ready to make it big.

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