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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

FILE -- People dressed as Elmo from "Sesame Street" wait to pose for pictures with tourists in Times Square. (Credit: Getty Images)

Bratton: NYPD To Seek Regulation Of Costumed Characters In Times Square

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.

07/17/2014

FILE -- People dressed in various famous character costumes, who pose for photos with people for money, talk in Times Square. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Lawmakers To Look At Regulating Costumed Characters In Times Square

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.

07/09/2014

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

Costumed characters in Times Square on Jan. 10, 2014. (credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)

Man Dressed As ‘Toy Story’ Character Arrested In Times Square On Sex Abuse Charges

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.

01/10/2014

Crews clear confetti and other debris from the street in Times Square on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Crews Clean Up Times Square After New Year’s Celebration

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.

01/01/2014

Organizers perform a confetti test, attended by Spider-Man, for the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration on Dec. 29, 2013. (credit:  Ginny Kosola/WCBS 880)

Nearly 800 Hard At Work On Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

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.

12/29/2013

Construction equipment in Times Square (credit: CBS 2)

Bloomberg Unveils Redesign Of Times Square Pedestrian Plaza

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.

12/23/2013

Times Square Cookie Monster

New York City Councilman Proposes Crackdown On Costumed Characters

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.

04/09/2013

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

Times Square New Year's ball goes back atop One Times Square (credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

Massive Sparkling New Year’s Eve Ball Hoisted Back Atop Its Perch On One Times Square

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.

01/03/2013

The number 13 arrives at Times Square for the 2013 New Years Eve Countdown, at Times Square on December 19, 2012.  (credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Poll: Majority Optimistic About ‘Unlucky’ 2013

When asked whether the unlucky number of 13 in the coming year was something to be concerned about, a resounding 97 percent of respondents answered, ‘who cares.’

12/30/2012

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