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Times Square’s costumed characters descend on pedestrianized Rockefeller Center

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Times Square’s characters invade Rockefeller Center

The infamous costumed characters of Times Square are targeting tourists at Rockefeller Center now that surrounding streets have opened up to pedestrians for the holidays.

In 2016, the City Council voted to restrict the aggressive performers to specific areas of 42nd Street, but those rules only apply to Times Square, and for the time being, characters who push for photographs and then demand payment have free reign of the streets surrounding Rockefeller Center, reports the New York Post.

The characters can still be arrested if they disrupt the flow of pedestrian traffic on public sidewalks, NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told the newspaper. And City Hall encourages the public to report any problems with performers to the NYPD as they continue to monitor the pilot program, which is set to wrap up January 1st.

“We’ve increased patrol presence at Rockefeller Center during the holidays, and will continue monitor closely for any safety issues for the duration of the pilot,” said Mayoral spokesperson Olivia Lapeyrolerie.

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