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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.
And in other news...
- John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, has sold his Central Park West penthouse to fashion titan Giorgio Armani, for roughly $17.5 million. The castle-esque interior features intricate woodwork, stained glass windows, and a carved Elizabethan oak fireplace.
- Canadian-based Bombardier botched a $600 million order for 300 new subway cars, contributing to the MTA’s recent struggles.
- Those applying to a federally-funded affordable housing program have been routinely booted from a waiting list in favor of well-connected applicants, a new Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit alleges.
- Just five days after CBS and Viacom officially merged, the new entity has decided to sell CBS’ famed “Black Rock” headquarters, the Eero Saarinen-designed granite skyscraper at 51 West 52nd Street.
- Two towers rising along The High Line have served as a sort of ATM for the Gambino crime family, according to federal prosecutors.
- More than 275 relics drudged up from the toxic Gowanus Canal will be temporarily stored by a pair of locals until they can eventually be displayed in a permanent museum.