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What’s on Steve Buscemi’s Stoop?

A blogger is chronicling items actor Steve Buscemi supposedly leaves on his stoop—and his neighbors aren't pleased.

Most of Steve Buscemi’s neighbors, on a block off Seventh Avenue, pay no attention to the fact that they live next to a star, or at least claim they could care less.

But Elliot Larkfield walks his dog past Buscemi’s stoop every morning, his iPhone camera ready to document whatever objects the “Boardwalk Empire” star leaves out for passersby to take.

Larkfield, who goes by his pen name, might also feign a lack of interest in his neighbor’s celebrity, but his morning walks have become fodder for his blog, What’s on Steve Buscemi’s Stoop, which dedicates itself to chronicaling the refuse left on the star’s steps.

Once Larkfield snaps a photo of the objects, for example a box of hats, old coffee mugs, cassette tapes, and even a door, he uploads them to his Tumblr account. The postings are irregular—sometimes several times a week, sometimes with weeks between postings—depending on the level of interest in Buscemi’s stoop schwag.

His first post was August 2009—it was a picture of a decapitated doll head that was stuck on the Buscemi’s fence. He now has close to 300 followers on his Twitter account, and nearly 400 on his Tumblr page.

“One day, I was walking my dog past his house and I saw the doll head there so I took a picture. That’s how it all started. Then I realized it needed its own dedicated forum, and that was how the Tumblr was born.”

Larkfield says that the process of documenting Buscemi’s stoop has provided some surprising insight into the man behind such great movies as “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski.”

“You could go through it and see the process of his mind over the years. Hats from various films he worked on, like ‘The Big Lebowski’ hat, which I keep in my office,” Larkfield said. “That hat and the Iowa Manchester Centennial tie are the two things I have kept. The ceramic coaster with his son’s name on it, was there a riff there? We don’t know. The door was interesting, is he building his Emmy room?”

Most neighbors on Larkfield’s street know about the blog, but many believe the blog is an invasion of privacy—the fact that some pictures clearly depict the star’s address is a tipping point.

Kurt Schamann, has lived in his brownstone for 38 years, and welcomed Buscemi when he moved next door 10 years ago.

“I understand that people get star struck, but at a certain point that star struck-ism gets the better of them,” Schamann said, explaining that his famous neighbor is a normal person and a good neighbor who keeps to himself.

“What the blogger is doing is weird, he’s a stalker. If I was posting pictures of a female actress’ house I’d get arrested for stalking,” Schamann said. “I am looking out for him, I am going to give him a good camera broken.”

We could not reach Buscemi for his own opinion on the blog, but Buscemi’s community is looking out for their neighbor nonetheless.

“He should get friggin’ stomped on. People should be left alone,” said Tommy, a neighbor who preferred to give his first name only. “It’s absolutely an invasion of privacy.” 

Erica Reitman, founder of the blog Effed in Park Slope, said the blog was an invasion of privacy, but that doesn’t keep her from reading the “pretty killer, hilarious” site. 

“I would go out of my way to ensure that addresses were hidden if this was my blog,” Reitman said, who blogged about the Tumblr account last week.

But, she also suggested Buscemi might do well to have a little fun with his documentarian.

“I'd start putting out pig knuckles, dolls with their eyes X'd out with black magic markers, old issues of TV Guide and all sorts of other crazy stuff. Putting weird [stuff] on my stoop would become my new favorite pastime!”

Larkfield, who has made a career writing books on celebrities and pop culture (“Christopher Walken A-to-Z,” “Secret Lives of Great Authors,” and “The Encyclopedia Shatnerica,” among others), has responded in part to the criticism by posting less frequently. But he also defends his blog as a legitimate, artistic endeavor.

“I do not see it as stalking,” he said. “To me it’s a found art project. My email is linked to the blog, so if he had a problem, he could email and say ‘please stop’ and I would.” 

Further, he says he has established his own rules for the blog in order to make sure he maintains the actor’s privacy: he never enters the property, never puts things on the stoop and never manipulates the objects he finds.

Though he has been discouraged by his neighbor’s criticisms—and dissuaded from posting anything for weeks now—ultimately he feels the need to continue to documenting the stoop findings and “stay dedicated” to his art.

“I have a dream of how this blog ends. If Buscemi were to come out on his stoop and let me take a picture of him, I will post that and say ‘What is on Steve Buscemi’s Stoop today: Steve Buscemi. My work here is done,” said Larkfield. “And that is my peace offering to the neighborhood and I would get out of his life.”

 

 

polly August 04, 2011 at 08:41 PM
he "realized it needed its own dedicated forum"? Did he confirm that need with anyone? Interesting that he uses a pseudonym to intrude upon Buscemi's privacy. Interesting but not surprising. Wonder if he's thought about doing some volunteer work.
Petunia August 04, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Pretty arrogant of the guy to say he'll desist once Steve actually poses for a picture. However, this invasion of privacy stuff can cut both ways. Angry Neighbors Take Note: Just look up the "Encyclopedia Shatnerica" or another title on Amazon, and there you'll find Larkfield's picture. Busted!
Holly Strom August 05, 2011 at 01:33 PM
My god. Can't the guy find something better to do with his time? What a loser. Very close to stalking if you ask me.
Susan Desocio August 05, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Steve Buscemi, born of the Slope, has remained in Park Slope and I say "Bully Bully" for him. Now this blogger, who does not go by his real name shows Mr Buscemi"s address? Isn't that some kind of invasion of privacy? How can we find out this so called blogger's address. Wouldn't it be nice for all of us to get together & go through his garbage, which in a way we can do by accessing his blog.
Susan Desocio August 05, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Prayers & pity should go out to this jerk. Oh Lord, we pray that this rectum finds another way to use the energy he puts into chronicling Mr. Buscemi's free give aways. I love the fact that people leave books, old coffee mugs, etc to be taken for free. Many is the time I have brought home books, an upopened box of x-mas ornaments etc. Lord, may this rectum see the light & put his time to good use, like being a volunteer in a local hospital, or being a mentor & helping a child to tone up their reading skills.
Susan Desocio August 05, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Mr. Buscemi should be "allowed" the privacy we all enjoy. So let's say "what is good for the goose is good for the gander", find out his address & forage on our own? Elliot, come down to 17th St. between 3rd & 4th Aves & see what really happens to a man who goes where no man should go. We will teach you a lesson, Brooklyn style. Get a life, do some "good" work, & stop depending on the kindness of strangers for yer 15 minutes of fame.
Gary Hoopengardner August 05, 2011 at 03:55 PM
God Bless Steve Buscemi, This fellow who is writing is looking for and has seemed to have found his 15 minutes of fame. This guy has no class, we not really, this guy is below a class. Hoop
Susan Desocio August 05, 2011 at 05:22 PM
and this reporter should not have added the information that his house is right off 7th Ave
polly August 05, 2011 at 07:18 PM
I love the prayer. It does come close to stalking and destroys the spirit of neighborhood. He shd have his but kicked, come to think of it.
Susan Desocio August 05, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Erica Reitman stated in the story that Mr Buscemi should have fun with it & play along, by putting out pig knuckles, etc. Ms. Reitman, get thy ass to a psych. I know it is August & most are on vacation, but I'm sure the readers of yer blog can help you out. Why don't you meet up with Mr. Larkfield and the two of you can skip together down the yellow brick road. I would tend to think that Mr. Buscemi has better things to do with his life than deal with knuckleheads such as yerself. I would hate to have Mr. Buscemi, an original Park Sloper move on account of this stunod guy.
Karrie August 06, 2011 at 02:00 AM
What may have started out as a bit of fun has become increasingly creepy and invasive. And blogger Robert Schnackenberg clearly knows that. Why else would he take such evasive measures as using the fake name of Elliot Lakefield to hide his real identity?
Susan Desocio August 06, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Mr. Buscemi should refrain from placing any more free items outside. Imagine the freak known as Larkfield reaction? He might have to go to re-hab to deal with this addiction he has of being a hemorrhoid up Mr. Buscemi's butt. Poor, poor Alfalfa.
Karrie August 06, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Actually many of those refuse articles may not personally belong to Steve Buscemi. In fact, he may not even know about them. Steve Buscemi's wife is an artist and I believe in the past she has used such unusual things as doll heads in her photography. So it's possible that many of the items put out as refuse are hers and not her husband's. Consequently, any fascination and idle speculation about Mr. Buscemi's private life based primarily on the refuse left outside his home may be misplaced and incorrect. This blogger's celebrity obsession with Buscemi is a sickness whether or not he admits it. Frankly I saw a photo of this blogger and he even looks kind of creepy. I'd certainly feel uncomfortable if I knew someone like him was frequently prowling around my stoop and blogging about what he found. Perhaps "Larkfield" should be grateful the Buscemis didn't call the cops on him.
Susan Desocio August 06, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Perhaps he should go to Tutturo's house. I don't think Tutturo would be so patient with this nut.
Rosa August 10, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Tons of people leave objects on their stoops in Park Slope. Why does this guy have to bother Steve. I am a native Sloper and respect Steve and his brother's privacy. Can this guy find something better to do? Enough already with being star struck.

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