Photograph: Jessica LinKathrine J., 22; acting student; Cobble Hill, BrooklynOur street survey says: “It was last weekend [at the Mermaid Parade]. We were just going to Coney Island for a day off and didn’t know that the parade was there. Suddenly we saw these ‘mermaids’ in all different sizes, all different genders, and we were like, ‘What the?’ [Laughs] We squeezed around the parade and went to the beach.”
Photograph: Jessica LinAntoine C., 36, maintenance worker, HarlemOur street survey says: “I once saw a guy wearing nothing but Superman underwear while walking down the street. I guess people are used to it. I’m from Harlem, but I’m not used to stuff like that.”
Photograph: Jessica LinSebastian A., 23; law student; Bogotá, ColombiaOur street survey says: “I saw two men playing Frisbee in the park—completely naked.”
Photograph: Jessica LinKimberly D., 18, student, South BronxOur street survey says: “I saw Spider-Man on the train. He tried to climb upside down on the poles. He had the entire outfit on, minus the shoes. He just had on regular sneakers. I was [thinking], If you’re gonna be Spider-Man, be full-out!”
Photograph: Jessica LinSamantha B., 31, marketing director, NolitaOur street survey says: “This man was naked except for underwear. He was walking down the street with shoes and underwear on—combat boots and tighty-whities.”
Photograph: Jessica LinGates B., 30; filmmaker; Willamsburg, BrooklynOur street survey says: “In a bar, I definitely saw this girl, who was wasted, in a corner fucking herself while people took photos. And then she threw up.”
Photograph: Jessica LinMaurie D., 19, student, PhiladelphiaOur street survey says: “I saw this man with super-long hair and a long beard wearing a vest and those shoes that have the separate toes; he was holding a bunch of handkerchiefs. I think that’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen today. You know when you give people animals? I’d describe him as a lion—like an alpha lion with the crazy beard.”
Photograph: Jessica LinElle F., 24; proofreader; Flatbush, BrooklynOur street survey says: “In Union Square, there are always people holding signs. When I was there recently, I saw this guy holding a sign that said “Free Massage by Creepy Guy.” I looked at him and was like, Okay, you actually are creepy. On the other side of the sign it said, “Going Topless Is Illegal.” So I was just kind of watching and standing there, and was wondering if anyone is actually going to get a massage from this guy. Then I saw this one girl and her boyfriend, and I was thinking, Is she really going to get a massage? Sure enough, she got a massage from him, and her boyfriend took pictures.”
Street survey: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen walking around NYC?
In our latest street survey, we asked eight people tell us the weirdest sight they’ve stumbled upon while wandering NYC.