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Touring Central Park With Frankie Legs
NYTimes.com Video Collection. (Nov. 4, 2016) From World History In Context.
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Despite a childhood accident that badly broke his legs, Frankie Legarreta now makes a living with them. The man called Frankie Legs takes customers around Central Park and New York City all day in his pedicab
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Guided tour? Anybody for a ride? Welcome to Central Park today. It's what New Yorkers call their backyard. I call it my office. When I was 12 years old, I had broke both my legs and I broke my femur in three. And the doctors told me that, my whole life, I was going to be a handicap, that my leg was going to be longer than the other. As I got older, I was teased in school for being the shortest, for being not physically able to do stuff. That persuaded me to be more active, more accelerated. My name is Frankie Legarreta. Everybody here knows me as Frankie Legs. I do a tour through Central Park on this pedicab style rickshaw. It's more like a limousine with no champagne. This job is more physically challenging than any other thing I've done in the past. I have to eat a lot. I have to intake a lot of calories. I've been doing this job almost ten years. You guys want to take a ride? Boathouse? Harlem?

No.

New Jersey? Folks look at us like -- well, they're little bit skeptical. We're new. We're not like the horse and buggies. They're very well known. They're in all these movies. If you wanted a ride, the horse and buggies can give that to you. I'm not trying to put them down. What they do is awesome, but it's just different from what I do. I love to talk about history of Central Park so that people understand that this isn't just a ride. When I get clients that jump in my bike, I always tell them, guys, get ready, because I talk a lot. It's 158 years old. Over 270 bird species migrate here. Over 25,000 trees. To the bottom right, it's our famous ice-skating rink. Bottom left, second oldest carousel in New York. Opened in 1908. I'm out here from 9:00 a.m. up to about 6, 7:00 p.m. And then, after that, when I'm finished in the park, I go to the streets of New York and I ride around the whole city. Now if I were to tell you exactly how many miles I do on this pedicab a day, I don't think I'd want to work anymore because I'd be like no, that's too much. So I just go with the flow and I do what I do.

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"Touring Central Park With Frankie Legs." NYTimes.com Video Collection, 4 Nov. 2016. U.S. History in Context, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FCT469623678%2FUHIC%3Fu%3Dgale%26sid%3DUHIC%26xid%3De54542e8. Accessed 25 Sept. 2018.

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