Times Square is populated by a galaxy of performers dressed as characters from cartoons and movies. They pose for photos with families, hold babies and even help tourists find their way. They also demand money.
After a spate of unfortunate episodes involving some unruly performers and attention from the tabloid press, city lawmakers are looking to regulate the characters. This could include issuing licenses and background checks.
During a recent tour of Times Square, dozens of costumed performers were milling around the Crossroads of the World, working hard for their money and helping tourists get snapshots.
These two seem friendly enough. Smiling. Mickey holding out his hand.
But then they get a bit too close
After getting a paltry 50 cents, the group of costumed characters walk off
Most of the people wearing costumes just want to help tourists remember their visit to Times Square
But, let's face it, these people are there to make a few bucks
This baby wasn't too happy posing with Puss in Boots
Batman seemed particularly interested in hair
There were a lot of repeat characters.