The NYPD has established a new task force to patrol Times Square, and that is just the beginning of the city’s efforts to combat the spread of aggressive panhandling, costumed characters and other quality of life issues.
The mayor promised that the task force will examine the safety ramifications and crowed, “I think what we’ve done with Vision Zero is beyond what any previous administration has done.”
Bratton made the suggestion in the wake of growing complaints about topless, body painted women and aggressive costumed characters seeking tips for photos.
New York City’s police commissioner has a solution for the harassment and nuisance problems plaguing Times Square.
Jose Vasquez is on trial after allegedly groping the women who posed for photos with him in January 2014.
The characters are willing to stand out in the hot sun in their heavy costumes to avoid the cops and competition in Times Square.
It looks like SpongeBob has taken the yellow line to Coney Island’s boardwalk.
More troubles erupted this week for costumed characters in Times Square, after two women dressed as Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty got into a fight.
Ranulfo Perez, 48, of Passaic, who dresses in a Cookie Monster costume, was arrested Monday, police said. The DA declined to prosecute Tuesday.
Charges against a costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square have been dismissed after prosecutors decided not to pursue them.
In a year where New York City welcomed a new mayor there have been a host of stories that have shaped the landscape of the Tri-State area, the country and the world over.
Kamila launched an Indiegogo campaign to buy all the Disney costumes available and drive away all the greedy characters who harass tourists for tips.
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
The NYPD had an impromptu meeting with costumed characters in Times Square Wednesday night.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday that he absolutely wants to rebut the terror the news media has created about crime.