New York Shitty Day Starter: Marina

September 13, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11377, Jackson Heights, Jackson Heights Queens, Queens 

Marina: Jackson Heights, Queens

Chris Arnade (who took the above portrait) writes:

The transsexual sex workers of Jackson Heights cluster around an all-night bakery, sipping coffee, tea, looking for Johns, and dodging the very drunk men. Almost all are Latin or Black. Little English is spoken.

In Hunts Point the sex workers are driven by addiction, by the need to get the daily fix. In Jackson Heights that is not the case. As Marina said to me, “The women, they are all vain. They want the latest boob job, the latest Hermes bag, the latest butt injection, and the latest makeup. They want cash honey. Cash. Kajing! You know what I am talking about? “

In contrast to Hunts Point, there is a sense of contentment and few apologies. “This is me. Take it or leave it.”

She herself is from Honduras. Her story is very common. She knew she wanted to be girl when she was child, and fled to New York City, For the last few years she has been working the streets. Her family mostly knows what she does and is supportive.

The police are also much more respectful than in Hunts Point, focusing on keeping the overall area safe. “The men get rowdy, get drunk, and behave awfully. I don’t care if these women are men, nobody has a right to treat them like garbage.”

 

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Sunnyside

May 31, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11377, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Queens 

Taken May 31, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: A Stroll In Queens

Reflection

As promised, here are some highlights from yesterday’s sojourn around Queens. Before we proceed I’d like to tender a few thoughts/teasers:

  1. I stumbled upon not one but two clownmobiles. Slap happy after four hours of walking I have fun with the owners of one of them.
  2. Just as in the fine borough of Kings if a patch of drying cement is left unattended in Queens someone will draw penis on it.
  3. After finding another “adult film” discarded by the railroad tracks on Skillman Avenue yours truly has decided to start a “found porn” map. Is anyone with me on this?

Without further ado, here it is. Enjoy!

You can view this slide show in larger format by clicking here.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Abdul

September 28, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11377, Jackson Heights, Jackson Heights Queens, Woodside, Woodside Queens 

Islam in New York: Abdul in Woodside

Taken by Carnade.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Photo Du Jour: “Hollywood” Via Queens

September 27, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11377, Jackson Heights, Jackson Heights Queens, Woodside, Woodside Queens 

This vision hails, appropriately enough, from Broadway. Those of you who want to see your name (among other things) in lights, here’s your golden opportunity. My advice: get the money— cash only— upfront.

Miss Heather