First they got our meters running. Then they drove us Uber horny. We paid them more than just the tip—and they gave us some TLC. But all good things must come to an end, even immersive pictorial journeys into the sexy lives of local cabbies. And so it goes that the 2020 edition of our favorite local calendar, the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar, will be the last one ever.

The calendar first debuted in 2013, bringing together a dozen of the city's "most scintillating and good-humored yellow cab drivers" to celebrate the cabbies who drive our drunk asses home when the subways decide to take the night off. It's also about charity: a portion of each calendar sale goes to University Settlement, America’s oldest settlement house—the project has raised nearly $70,000 in donations to that end.

The calendar was created by a married couple: photographer Shannon Kirkman, who takes all the pics, and creative director Philip Kirkman. The whole thing got started when they made a 2013 calendar featuring Philip's brother, as a gift for his wife. "Shannon and I discussed a few other under-celebrated and misrepresented groups and ultimately landed on taxi drivers," Philip Kirkman told Gothamist. "As we learned more and more about the drivers and industry (90% of drivers are immigrants), partnering with University Settlement was a perfect fit as they were the first U.S. immigrant settlement house (1886) and continue to provide services to immigrants and working individuals and families today."

For this year's calendar, there was no explicit theme, but they tried to challenge themselves to come up with new looks and settings for the drivers: "First, we thought of ideas surrounding what drivers could do with their cabs (e.g. washing the cab, talking on an old car phone, getting tangled up in the receipt roll)," Kirkman said. "And then we pulled from cliche and pop culture (e.g. Sadi with the phone book a la strongman contests, Sajjad measuring the size of his rims). And lastly, we’ve always had an element of random in there as well—like Dorothy’s composite image."

Ten of the 12 drivers in this year's calendar are immigrants, "hailing" from eight different countries. Seven of them are new to the calendar and five are returnees (including one of the original driver-models from the 2014 calendar, Darek, as well as 2016 cover man Hassan). And two of them, Dorothy and Arminda, are women, the latter of whom Kirkman had a lot to say: "She has such a great spirit and personality... She originally came to the U.S. in 1963 from Colombia as a single mother, worked a few odd jobs for ~10 years to keep her family afloat, and then took up taxi driving in the 1970s." Arminda has been driving the NYC streets for 40+ years now, and says "she occasionally drives her cab all the way to Florida to see her family."

Of course, the million dollar medallion question is: Why end it now? "Creatively, we feel like we took the idea to its limit," Kirkman said. "Over the past couple of years, and this year especially, we found that we were running into ourselves more and more. There was a lot of ‘we’ve already kind of done that,’  and to us, keeping it fresh and unique has always been the top priority. It was really important for us to go out on a high note."

"Our goal has always been to make it funny and to portray the drivers in a positive light," he added. "I think a large reason the calendar resonated with people was due to the juxtaposition between the negative stereotypes that have been thrust on taxi drivers over the years and the calendar’s imagery, which highlights the drivers as they truly are: nice, fun, interesting people."

To conclude things, we asked what their favorite photos were from the seven calendars. Kirkman said their first photoshoot in November 2013 with Yasar (who became the cover star that year) set the tone for the series.

Yasar

Yasar, 2014

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Yasar, 2014
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Other favorites, which you can see below, included: Jose tearing open his shirt in 2015, which also happens to be my personal favorite.

This is the face of 2015

This is the face of 2015

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Dan sensually lounging in the back of his trunk in 2016.

Hassan eating from a cake with his face on it in 2018.

Hasan

Hasan eats cake

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Hasan eats cake
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And they couldn't forget Alex with his python in 2019.

Alex and his python

Alex and his python

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Alex and his python
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The 2020 NYC Taxi Calendar is available now for $14.99.