In Which Rosie and Andy Hunt Down the Elusive Spiderman

In Which Andy and Rosie Hunt Down the Elusive Spiderman from NYU Local on Vimeo.

In the name of serious investigative journalism, Andy and I tracked down that guy – many of you may have seen him around – who does Spiderman-themed rickshaw rides around Lower Manhattan. We narrowly escaped death and got a ride to class in the bargain. “That Guy That Does that Thing” (he won’t use the name Spiderman, to avoid the legal wrath of Marvel) is a Miami native named Shaun. To preserve maximum mysteriousness, he hasn’t divulged his last name. Unfortunately, he’s leaving the city soon because of strict pedicab rules (who knew?). If you’re interested, his YouTube channel has more footage of rickshaw derring-do. The question is, how does Tobey Maguire feel about this?

Co-produced with Andy Heriaud



14 Comments

  • Tim Herrera
    January 29, 2010

    Cool video, this guy is awesome. But what pedicab rules is he talking about? Too bad he’s leaving.

  • Phillip Klugman
    January 29, 2010

    This was awesome. I’m sad that he is leaving. Did he say he’d be coming back or no?

  • Rosie Gray
    January 29, 2010

    @Tim: I think he’s talking about licensing issues – the city passed tougher restrictions on pedicabs over the summer http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/council-adopts-overhaul-of-pedicab-regulation/. He said the rules don’t apply to him because he has a rickshaw, not a pedicab, but I don’t know that the city agrees?
    @Philip: He might be coming back in the spring, but it’s unlikely… Sad!!

  • Emily Buder
    January 29, 2010

    Rosie, you’re pretty phenomenal. Nice FCP. Can’t wait to see what else you produce. Love, your mom.

  • Andy Heriaud
    January 29, 2010

    He is insistant that since he’s pulling a rickshaw and only works for donations he doesn’t have to get a pedicab license, but nonetheless he doesn’t want the hassel.

  • Andy Heriaud
    January 29, 2010

    After the interview he took us on a ride of sheer terror.

  • Annie Werner
    January 29, 2010

    I love this! And love the idea of more video posts on Local!

  • Myles Tanzer
    January 29, 2010

    this was really great/theres a very soft spot in my heart for rickshaw spiderman

  • Luis Paez-Pumar
    January 29, 2010

    MIAMI!!! Represent, yeah boy.

    Anyway, this was awesome. I’ve always wanted a ride with him, shame he’s leaving. Maybe he’ll try his craft in Miami and I’ll see him there… Doubtful =(

  • Cecilia Diaz
    January 29, 2010

    Wow! As i read this i thought “this guy ripped off Spiderman rickshaw guy from back home!”
    TURNS OUT IT’S HIM, IF IT’S A MIAMI NATIVE!
    I live in a neighborhood of Miami, Coconut Grove, which has a little shopping/restaurant area named CocoWalk, known for it’s rickshaw rides. And this guy is from there and I had a rickshaw ride with him where he Matrix-style jumped off a wall!

  • Jessica Roy
    January 29, 2010

    What I liked most about this (awesome) video was the actual rickshaw experience. Like I had no idea that it was such a theme park ride. I mean, he SCALED AND JUMPED OFF OF A GARBAGE TRUCK. So funny.

  • Luis Paez-Pumar
    January 29, 2010

    @Cecilia HE’S AT COCOWALK?! Must go next time I’m back home (Aventura resident here!). So excited now.

  • Alexander Pack
    January 29, 2010

    This is one of the most interesting pieces I’ve seen on Local. I’ve actually taken a ride with spiderman before and the video pretty much captures the exhilarating experience. I didn’t know Spiderman was from Miami. Whenever I see him gliding down St. Mark’s Place I always think to myself, “Only in NY.” But I guess you can find him in Miami as well!
    I’m very impressed with the video, the reporter, and the story. Great job, Local.

  • Jessica Roy
    May 18, 2010

    [...] you’ve been around long enough. Though he left the city a few months ago, let us not forget the Spiderman pedicab driver who used to draw so much attention on St. Mark’s. Another one of my other favorites is the lanky, [...]

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