Michael Shain

Photographer and reporter
Indie Wrestling
Nationality: American
Biography: Lives in Queens, N.Y.        
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Updated: 09/28/20
Wrestlers with names like the Bushwick Beast, Awesome and the Saint work in the regional minor leagues of pro wrestling called the indie circuit,
Performers hoping to be discovered by the major promoters like World Wrestling Entertainment work next to WWE veterans who may be past their prime but want to stay in the game.
They earn as little and $50 a night to get in the ring at places like the Elks Club on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst.
Before the matches, show promoter Michael Eagle meets with the wrestlers in the cramped locker room to go over the card, how each of the matches will end and caution performers not to get injured.
“It’s a community,” he said.

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Big Dig

By Michael Shain — Under the busiest street in Queens, New York City built a new sewer without stopping traffic. Three stories..

Food lines

By Michael Shain / Queens, NY — The operators of food pantry these days tell the same story. Aid organizations that used to help several..

Mass in Latin, Like it Used to Be

By Michael Shain — The only weekly pre-Vatican II mass in Queens — wholly in Latin — has been held in a small..

Backstage at the Chinese Opera

By Michael Shain — At Flushing Town Hall, the backstage area is bright but cramped. One grimy window lets in some natural..

Diwali, Parade of Lights

By Michael Shain — Diwali is a big deal for Hindus. The fall festival usually requires a thorough housecleaning and new..

Elmhurst Hospital, Home of a Pandemic

By Michael Shain — Elmhurst Hospital in Queens never volunteered to be the poster child for Covid-19 disfunction. But the role..

Empire Valley Railroad line

By Michael Shain — In the basement of a prewar apartment building in Astoria is a fantasy world that moves to the sounds of..

Bocce Champs

By Michael Shain — Every year, the New York City Park Department stages a citywide bocce tournament. But first, there are..

North Channel

By Michael Shain / Array — Just how two small, neglected beaches on the north end of Jamaica Bay became sacred places for the..
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