NYC Council holds hearing on regulating costumed characters


NEW YORK (AP) — The costumed characters, naked painted ladies and bus tour ticket sellers who have made all of Times Square their stomping grounds could be restricted to specific zones under legislation being considered by the City Council.

The council’s committee on transportation is holding a hearing Wednesday morning on legislation that would allow the city’s Department of Transportation to create rules and regulations for pedestrian plazas like the ones in Times Square.

The bill comes after scores of complaints in recent years over aggressive panhandling behavior, primarily from the costumed characters pushing onlookers for tips.

But the costumed performers and the union that represents some of the bus tour ticket sellers says forcing them to remain only in one place would cause them to lose money.