Chasing Sanitation

Falling in Love with New York's Strongest

Who’s Chasing Sanitation?

Lisa and Liz met while working on the Park Slope Reader.

Liz was editing for it and hired Lisa as one of their contributing columnists. They enjoyed working together so much – well, Lisa got a wild idea about writing about and photographing Sanitation Workers after a SanMan made sure she got home safe one late night shortly after she moved to Brooklyn.

She invited Liz out for fried chicken and cocktails at Sidecar in Park Slope to woo her. And so, the two started their journey of falling in love with the entire Department of Sanitation. Both natives of Tennessee and residents of Brooklyn living two miles apart, the two girls couldn’t have found a better project to come together on. The Sanitation Workers see them running after them with their camera, pen and curly hair and continue caving into their pleas of “no, we’re not graduate students working on a garbage project – we want you” pleas for pictures and stories.

Our First Shoot, Our First Phone Number!




… and we’re complete pushovers.

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Some Nice Stranger Took This

LISA DOWDA :: writer

Her writing has appeared on the pages of LA’s Entertainment Today and Pasadena Weekly. Her performances have been on the stages of LA’s REDCAT and Edge of the World Theatre Festival, Chicago’s Café Voltaire and Memphis’ Theatre Memphis, and her links are on the codes of the Park Slope Reader,, and She self-published The Little Book of Pain as designed by Raymond Woods – it was presented in Stockholm, Sweden Gallery Konstfack. She’s assisted A-List producers James Brooks and Richard Sakai of Gracie Films as well as managing Chicago theatres Voltaire Underground Performance Space and hOstage tHeatre cO. Her media production company is Screamers Lake, where she conceives of and produces works For Those Who Want & Can’t Have. She is an awardee of the Dramatists Guild Fund, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship program, has been a mentor for PEN’s Prison Writing Program and is an Affiliated Artist of New Georges’ theatre company. She has an MFA in Writing for TV and Stage from California Institute of the Arts.

LIZ LIGON :: photographer

She’s a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer with a background in photojournalism. She has photographed a wide variety of features and events in her five years in New York and has a long list of happy clients she adores. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and Details Magazine.

Additional Photos of Liz and Lisa at Sidecar by Claudio Papapietro.

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