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

Times Square Characters Say ‘Tipping Is Optional’ Leaflets Are Hurting Business

Some of the mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants who wear the giant costumes say they have been left with far less to feed their families.

08/13/2014

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

Calls For ‘Rigorous Licensing’ After Costumed Characters Arrested In Times Square

The calls for regulating costumed street performers have grown louder after police said five masked characters were arrested in Times Square over the weekend.

07/28/2014

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

Pedestrians have been left frustrated by a major construction project in Times Square. (Credit: CBS 2)

Times Square Revitalization Project Taking Toll On New Yorkers

Three of five pedestrian plazas in Times Square are currently under construction as part of a three-year, $40 million effort by the city to revitalize the urban space.

06/25/2014

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

MetLife Stadium exterior (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty  Images)

Tourism Groups: 2014 Super Bowl Means Big Bucks For NYC

Business and tourism groups in New York City hope to benefit from an expected massive increase in street traffic in the days leading up to next year’s Super Bowl.

01/31/2013

People on the tkts steps in Times Square - New York, NY - Feb 11, 2012 (credit: Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Study: Times Square Generates Big Bucks For NYC

New Yorkers might love to hate tourists in Times Square, but Tim Tompkins of Times Square Alliance says you should probably learn to love them.

03/20/2012