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The day we met Luigi.
So what if it’s a dude (?) in Times Square looking for easy cash. It’s not every day that you meet someone who personally knows Mario right?
Actually, these ‘characters’ roaming around Times Square are starting to tick people off.
(please don’t look at the poor gal in the blue shirt…)
Times Square is again facing the idea of another change.
It was a long time ago when a sailor kissed a random nurse to celebrate the end of a nasty war.
Times Square, the meeting place for many looking for action went on a sort of a decline until sometime in the 1980’s when it was the epitome of disgusting hitting rock bottom. People rallied together to rid the area of the letter “X”, if you know what I mean.
Once they cleaned up Times Square it became a popular area again. Sucking in the people also meant sucking in the cars, taxi’s etc. So, they added some ‘pedestrian plazas’ for people to congregate in. The ‘plazas’ have seats, vendors and sometimes even live broadcasts going on. These ‘plazas’ really are a fun place (for tourists especially) to come see the heart of what is the Big Apple. They give people something to do besides walking down the street and looking up at all of the lights. There are lights everywhere on top of lights, all flickering and everything going in opposite directions. Walking down Broadway can be like having full blown ADD on steroids X200.
And since there are so many people (tourists especially), there are also people looking to make a buck- it’s called America of course. These buck-seekers dress up in costumes (which some say are not licensed..) and they pose with you for a picture. Then they ask you for money. Luigi cost us a buck. Do that 100 times in an afternoon and you can make some cash. I grew up in a big city and I know how to take a picture, throw a buck at someone and then quickly walk away. Not everybody else does.
What’s really ticking off some family-friendly people are the women wearing not much else but body paint. Think about it. Women with painted bodies walk around the area of New York city that had once worked so hard to remove the letter ‘x’. Could you imagine the what the international tourist family is thinking when they see this?
So now the ‘progressive’ mayor of New York is talking about once again fighting the freedom of speecher’s etc. He wants to remove the ‘pedestrian plazas’ to make it harder for tip seekers and really cold women to make their living. The mayor says that by removing the plazas, there will no longer be a spot for people to try to make a buck.
Apparently, it is perfectly legal to walk around New York City topless.
A lot of people think that a better alternative could be to sell permits to ‘make money’ in Times Square.