If you’ve had a chance to spend some time outside over the past few days, you’re quite lucky. If, for some strange reason, you decided to venture into Times Square, you might have noticed the return of some decidedly un-costumed characters. The painted women known as "Desnudas" are back, just as the City Council mulls legislation that would regulate them and the costumed characters, DNAinfo reported.
The "Desnudas" and the costumed characters roam Times Square, looking for tips in exchange for posing for photos. Usually, it’s harmless, but sometimes the characters get into altercations with each other, or even members of the public. All of that had Mayor Bill de Blasio proposing to get rid of the Times Square pedestrian plaza, which interrupts Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street.
Not surprisingly, that proposal was withdrawn, but City Council Members Daniel Garodnick, Corey Johnson, and Ydanis Rodriguez are have introduced a bill that would regulate activity in pedestrian plazas across the city. First, following a public commenting process, the DOT would be able to designate pedestrian plazas and then regulating activity within those designated areas.
Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins welcomed the bill. "We are grateful to Councilmembers Johnson and Garodnick for introducing this legislation and look forward to working with them and the administration to refine it and get it passed so that Times Square can continue to be an economic engine for all five boroughs of the city," he said.