Times Square Alliance
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
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.
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.
The Times Square Alliance is meeting with elected officials Wednesday morning to talk about growing concerns and solutions, like requiring background checks on the so-called street performers.
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.
Jose Vasquez, 44, of Clifton, N.J., faces sex abuse and other charges for allegedly inappropriately touching young girls while apparently dressed as Woody from “Toy Story” in Times Square.
Sanitation workers rolled into Times Square shortly after the ball dropped Wednesday to begin picking up after revelers who gathered to usher-in the new year.
Nearly 800 people will be hard at work the next few days to pull off one of the world’s largest New Year’s Eve parties.
Part of the Crossroads of the World is undergoing a three-year, $40 million makeover in an effort to make the area more pedestrian friendly.
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.
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.
There was a countdown and cheering as the massive ball made its ascent. Well above the crossroads of the world, the ball featuring 32,256 LED lights will continue its light show throughout the new year.