Costumed Characters

Costumed street performers receive tips from the public after posing for pictures in Times Square on July 28, 2014 (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

6-Year-Old Launches Campaign Against Costumed Characters Who Harass Tourists For Tips

Kamila launched an Indiegogo campaign to buy all the Disney costumes available and drive away all the greedy characters who harass tourists for tips.

11/29/2014

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28:  Costumed street performers pose with tourists for tips in Times Square on July 28, 2014 in New York City. In the latest incident involving the often aggressive characters, a man dressed as Spider-Man allegedly punched an officer in the face over the weekend following a dispute with a woman over a tip, police have said. The Times Square Alliance is now calling for strict licensing of costumed street performers.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYC Lawmakers Mull Regulations For Times Square Costumed Characters

Batman and Robin voiced opposing views at a City Council hearing on a new proposal to regulate costumed characters in Times Square, which would require they be licensed and pass background checks

11/19/2014

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NYPD, Costumed Characters Meet In Times Square After Rash Of Arrests

The NYPD had an impromptu meeting with costumed characters in Times Square Wednesday night.

09/17/2014

NYPD Commissioner Commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday, Aug. 28. (Credit: CBS 2)

Bratton: NYC Crime Is Down, Media Hype Is Not True

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday that he absolutely wants to rebut the terror the news media has created about crime.

08/28/2014

Costumed street performers pose with tourists for tips in Times Square on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Times Square Costumed Characters, Upset About Leaflets Regarding Tips, Protest ‘Hostile’ NYPD

The mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants have formed a new group called NYC Artists United for a Smile.

08/19/2014

The NYPD has begun distributing these fliers in Times Square. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

NYPD Fliers: You Don’t Have To Pay Times Square Characters

The NYPD wants you to know that you’re under no obligation to pay for photos with the costumed characters in Times Square.

08/10/2014

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28:  Costumed street performers pose with tourists for tips in Times Square on July 28, 2014 in New York City. In the latest incident involving the often aggressive characters, a man dressed as Spider-Man allegedly punched an officer in the face over the weekend following a dispute with a woman over a tip, police have said. The Times Square Alliance is now calling for strict licensing of costumed street performers.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Arrested ‘Spider-Man’ Says Costumed Characters Make Times Square What It Is

A costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square says its superhero and comic characters are key ingredients of the flavor of the Crossroads of the World.

07/31/2014

FILE -- A person dressed as Spider-Man entertains a crowd in Times Square. (Credit: CBS 2)

Spider-Man Arrest Strengthens Push To Regulate Times Square Characters

On Saturday night, a man dressed as Spider-Man wound up in cuffs after he allegedly assaulted a police officer following a dispute with a woman.

07/27/2014

FILE -- People dressed as Elmo from "Sesame Street" wait to pose for pictures with tourists in Times Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

Bratton: NYPD To Seek Regulation Of Costumed Characters In Times Square

The city’s top cop had a sitdown with members of the Times Square and Broadway communities Thursday to discuss quality-of-life concerns with a sharp focus on costumed characters.

07/17/2014

FILE -- Spider-Man and other Times Square characters. (Credit: Getty Images)

Head Of Times Square Alliance Calls For Regulations On Costumed Characters

The President of the Times Square Alliance said that costumed characters in Times Square have gotten out of control and need to be regulated.

06/21/2014

Times Square Cookie Monster

New York City Councilman Proposes Crackdown On Costumed Characters

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-22nd) introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City.

04/09/2013