Long Island Bigfoot Photo

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 13th, 2006

Has there been a sighting of Bigfoot on Long Island? Was it documented photographically? There have been reported from Staten Island from the 1970’s detailed below. Get the exclusive story here on Cryptomundo…

On December 7, 1974, Frank Piztolato and Phillip Vivolo were in the woods near Historic Richmond Town when they "saw a black, upright ‘bear’ which roared at them." A few weeks later, on the morning of January 21, 1975, a young couple "saw Bigfoot in a church car park in the early morning" and later that night, Mrs. D. Daly was "driving late at night [and] had to brake to avoid a Bigfoot under six feet tall crossing the road from a church car park and heading for the rubbish dump and the swamp behind the church."

These sightings are documented in The Bigfoot Casebook by Janet and Colin Bord, first published in 1982 and containing state-by-state Bigfoot sightings from the 1800s to 1980. Of the accounts reprinted on a British website, 19 occurred in New York State, but the above three place Bigfoot a mere stone’s throw from downtown Manhattan.

Historic Richmond Town is on Staten Island.

Staten Island’s Greenbelt is made up of some 2800 acres of forested parkland. Thirty years ago, at the time of the documented sightings, there was more undeveloped forest land on Staten Island, and even today there are large tracts of unsettled forest and woods deep and tangled enough to disorient the most intrepid explorers.

Historic Richmond Town is a joint project of the Staten Island Historical Society and the City of New York, established to present the experience of old-fashioned Staten Island. In this "museum village," there is a reconstruction of a sawmill, a mid-19th-century train station relocated from Annadale and, to the west along Richmond Hill Rd., the Church of St. Andrew, originally built sometime around 1712. There is a parking lot across the street from the church, a swamp close by and, 30 years ago, the dump was also within walking distance.

Source: Trashquatch The Hunt for Staten Island’s Bigfoot 

Now there has been a contemporary Bigfoot sighting on Long Island. Did Bigfoot migrate from Staten Island across The Narrows?

Long Island Bigfoot

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Additional details soon as to the source of the photo.

See today’s update here at Cryptomundo for additional details, as well as another photo.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

50 Responses to “Long Island Bigfoot Photo”

  1. Dan Spencer responds:

    Is that a fake mustache I see on bigfoot’s face?

  2. autumn responds:

    maybe she doesn’t want anyone to recognize her. ha ha.

    are there areas of long island that are unpopulated enough to be considered wilderness? from the wikipedia shot, it looks very developed.

  3. MadMatt32171 responds:

    This is a joke, right?

  4. carnivore responds:

    Daddy Yarwen trying to find jersey for a little pay back.

  5. calash responds:

    Nice costume or model. A bit too perfect though. Reminds me of the ads for kitchens where a perfect family is shown sitting down for breakfast and everything is orderly and neat. Reality is seldom this perfect. Coat is way too uniform and clean for an animal in the wild. Hair around face is styled nice. Not a hair out of place.
    Also if you enlarge the photo with windows and fax viewer you can see a white line on both legs about 6 inch’s above the inside of the knee. Zipper for booties??
    Looks like a fun Gal. How about some swim suit photos!

    “The Wheel Goes Round”

  6. planettom responds:

    Looks like someone tried to make a replica of the PG bigfoot. Looks like a hairy sculpture to me, not so much a costume. Needs better work done around the head and face.

    As for the reports from 1974, they guys Frank and Philip clearly state they saw a bear. I wonder if the couple and the lady also saw a bear, but was too shocked to realize it? Hmmm, interesting stories for sure.

  7. planettom responds:

    Btw, carnivore’s comment is hilarious! LOL

  8. lorelady responds:

    Obvious rubber mask with “beard” pulled up across face under muzzle, probably on an elastic string….arms way too short in proportion to body, mimicry of Gimlin-Patterson pose is evident. The hoaxer will need to do much better than this.

  9. Carlfoot responds:


  10. LordofShades responds:

    The dead giveaway is the obvious seam on the left leg where the suit is sewn together, LMAO! If you’re gonna hoax, you have to make a better effort than this, geez.

  11. planettom responds:

    Fellow bloggers, let’s keep in mind that this is a “contemporary sighting”. It’s obvious to me, and I believe this to be someone’s artwork, and NOT someone trying to pull fakery or a hoax. As Craig stated, more info is to come on the details of the photo.

  12. skunkape_hunter responds:

    I agree with carnivore, this is mommy or daddy going to visit Mr. Perez !! No honking horns, just a little pay back !! 😛

  13. captainadam_21 responds:

    The photo appears to be trying to strike the same famous pose from the Patterson film right down to the body and arm positioning and even the cleavage. But if that is a real bigfoot he/she appears to be also wearing a tupe and I swear that looks like a cigarette popping out of its mouth.

  14. jayman responds:

    This looks more like a model or table-top photo than a costume.

    Something strange, go to the full-size pic and there is a sharp diagonal line of demarcation between the bare face and the crooked “mustache” which seems to extend beyond the edges of the figure… some kind of composite photoshop job perhaps?

  15. P.S.Anderson responds:

    Why are they always posed like the P/G film? Is that Bigfoot’s good side?

  16. Mike Aragona responds:

    Nice costume or model. A bit too perfect though.

    My guess would be model. That costume fits too good, and check out the face. It does not look like a mask. The whole thing almost looks like an action figure.

    Mike Aragona
    BFRO Investigator New Jersey

  17. twblack responds:

    Well I needed a good laugh today.

  18. smylex responds:


  19. Kansas responds:

    Elbow joints way too high, face looks plastic and rigid, and a bra might be in order…nice part too!

  20. kittenz responds:

    Is that a plastic face or does Bigfoot Botox?

  21. crypto_randz responds:

    Thats supposed to be a real photo? No way is that a real bigfoot. That’s too fake to me.

  22. Sky King responds:

    On STATEN ISLAND? Did Ms. Bigfoot take the ferry?

    By the way Staten Island has one of the hightest points on the eastern seaboard, proper (i.e., not inland).

    Look at the fingers! They all seem frozen in the same position. The poor thing has arthritis! Someone should leave a bottle of ibuprofen….

    lol at all the comments…

  23. Ursawolf responds:

    Maybe “Patty” after Jenny Craig?

    Seriously, this model or suit only accentuates the flesh and blood reality of the P-G film compared to the fakes.

  24. OKBFfan responds:

    Craig, having grown up on Long Island, I can assure you that there is not sufficient habitat there for a sassy.

    Great Halloween costume though. Where can I get one?

  25. alanborky responds:

    I’d say it was a real photo, but only of what is quite clearly a manufactured figurine.

  26. MadMatt32171 responds:

    Seriously- no one’s trying to pass off this perfectly posed, perfectly focused, shiny-plastic-faced picture as authentic, are they?

    That would be silly.

    However, photograph this same model in woods or across a field from 50-100 ft away and slightly out of focus, and people would be hailing it as the second coming of Patty.

  27. webguy responds:

    That’s just plain silly.

  28. Dudlow responds:

    Planet of the Apes, Part umpty-ump…

  29. lastensugle responds:

    I’m not sure, is anyone trying to claim the above picture to be a live sasquatch (cause it`s not!), or is it just a nice picture to go with the story?

    The figure is really kool though …except for the really stupid moustache!

    But seriously, does someone claim this picture to be the real thing?

  30. black wings responds:

    I’d say statue.
    It seems too rigid to be a moving figure.
    Nicely done though. I’d be impressed w/ the craftmanship if I saw this in an art show.

  31. jayman responds:

    Click on the photo to enlarge it. A sharp diagonal line is visible dividing the hairless “face” from the askew “mustache” just below the nose. This line continues to the right beyond the outline of the figure, like some kind of composite.

  32. stonelk responds:

    Monkey see. Monkey do

  33. a_welch90 responds:

    The Pic is Black and white, the photographer is too close up, the pose is unoriginal, and the thing is stiff as a statue! Hard to believe someone wants to pass this off as being real.

  34. rsswope responds:

    Looks like a photoshop manipulation to me. The fuzzy pixelated hair, the rubbery unreal looking face, the figure is clearly inserted into the original-it has no weight and the lighting is different on the figure than it is in the surrounding terrain. Looks like a bad student art project.

  35. Cryptonut responds:

    My first reaction wasn’t Bigfoot, it was Sam Elliot, but his mustache isn’t cocked to the side, so it must be Bigfoot. 🙂

  36. WVBotanist responds:

    People have always complained that BF photos were too fuzzy or blurry – and now, I hear people complaining that this is too clear!

    Seriously, this is an interesting image, despite the plastic-looking face.

    In regards to the story, I still think of the semi-urban panthers in Florida, so far north of the ‘official’ panther population, that have been clearly photographed, tracked and casts taken, and still people say “Hmmm, must be an escaped pet…” while others ID what is clearly a long-tailed panther as a large bobcat.

    My point, if there is one, is that if pathers can persist where ‘officials’ claim they don’t (or is that just because they can’t stand to staff the Section 7 consultations?), why not a primate, particularly a humanlike one that learned long ago not to hang out with humans.

  37. jchip responds:

    I like how Sasquatch has feathered bangs, sort of like Farah Fawcett circa -1977. I wonder if she uses Aqua Net?

  38. sasquatch responds:

    It’s a very nice model photographed on site-I disagree with the photoshop idea, the lighting actually totally matches the surrounding terrain. It’s amazing to me that they did such a great job on the body taxidermy and the face is so amature; Curious. It looks like a teenage Patty-a very finely groomed coat of fur and more svelt musculature with fairly delicate fingers. Almost monkeyish rather than apelike hands. Interesting. It’s not real but an excellent piece of work.

    (except for the face-mustache)

  39. speederac responds:

    (wipes a tear)
    The mustache sliding off is awsome.
    Thanks guys, you’ve made my day!

  40. bambookid responds:

    Looks to be either an Illustrator or 3-D modling placed on top of a real image of the background.

  41. MrInspector responds:

    *chuckles* I needed a good laugh before I headed off this morning.

  42. bigfoot tracker responds:

    I was reading through the comments and I knew by time I made it to the bottom someone wood steal my Sam Elliot crack.

  43. calash responds:

    Enlarge the area of the right foot. On the rear of the foot about 2-3 inches up is what looks to be a small round artificial object, like a push pin or some sort of clamp with a thin rod passing through it. Also where the rear left foot touches the ground there appears to be a lot of straight lines and some of the grass has a clipped off square look.

    I would also mention again the light white lines on the lower thigh area or each leg that suggest a seam or zipper.

    Could the reason that this is a B&W image be that a color photo would scream fake? Maybe this is an orange ape
    I don’t know what the motivation for this photo is but it is a hoot picking up the discrepancies.


  44. Jean Luc Picard responds:

    Hm looks like a guy trying to recreate the Patterson film pose, whilst wearing some old carpet bits!

  45. English Boy responds:

    im getting annoyed with these fakes now.

  46. YourPTR! responds:

    Yeah, that’s really a real bigfoot! Admittedly, it’s a better fake than usual and at least no blobsquatch but still an obvious fake. Like mentioned above it looks like the person in the suit is trying to mimmick the Patterson-Gimlin film. Looks totally posed, plus there is no way you could get close up to the creature like that!

  47. Craig Woolheater responds:


    See today’s update here at Cryptomundo for additional details, as well as another photo.

    It’s not a hoax, it’s a piece of artwork!

  48. YourPTR! responds:

    The arms are also way too short and the “animal” looks anorexic. 🙂

  49. dogman responds:

    this is obviously fake

  50. Craig Woolheater responds:


    As it says at the bottom of the post, go to the update for additional information.

    This is a sculpture of a Bigfoot, patterned after the subject of the Patterson/Gimlin film.

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