Some of the mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants who wear the giant costumes say they have been left with far less to feed their families.
The calls for regulating costumed street performers have grown louder after police said five masked characters were arrested in Times Square over the weekend.
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.
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.
The President of the Times Square Alliance said that costumed characters in Times Square have gotten out of control and need to be regulated.
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.
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.