Costumed Characters

A Times Square Woody character, like the one pictured at right, allegedly groped three women. (Credit: CBS2)

Times Square Woody Testifies He Didn’t Grope Women

Jose Vasquez is on trial after allegedly groping the women who posed for photos with him in January 2014.

07/07/2015

A Spongebob Squarepants costumed character on the Coney Island boardwalk. (Credit: CBS2)

Coney Island Residents Not Thrilled With Costumed Characters On Boardwalk

The characters are willing to stand out in the hot sun in their heavy costumes to avoid the cops and competition in Times Square.

07/04/2015

A Spongebob Squarepants costumed character on the Coney Island boardwalk. (Credit: CBS2)

With Welcome Worn Out In Times Square, Costumed Characters Sprout Up On Coney Island

It looks like SpongeBob has taken the yellow line to Coney Island’s boardwalk.

07/02/2015

A woman dressed as Minnie Mouse, and another dressed as Hello Kitty, were arrested in Times Square after allegedly fighting over tips on Thursday, June 4. (Credit: Jake Rullman, via Twitter)

Women In Minnie Mouse, Hello Kitty Costumes Arrested In Times Square

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.

06/05/2015

Individuals dressed as children's television characters pose for tips on April 10, 2013 in Times Square. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

DA Declines To Prosecute Times Square ‘Cookie Monster’ Accused Of Groping Teen

Ranulfo Perez, 48, of Passaic, who dresses in a Cookie Monster costume, was arrested Monday, police said. The DA declined to prosecute Tuesday.

04/14/2015

FILE -- A man poses as Spider-Man in Times Square  (Credit: CBS 2)

Charges Against Spider-Man In Times Square Squabble Dropped

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.

02/07/2015

Firefighters remove debris from the smoking site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

The Top 14 News Stories Of 2014

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.

12/31/2014

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

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