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09.15.14 Sophie Weiner

More Times Square costumed characters were arrested this weekend, after reportedly getting into a fight with a 22-year-old man from Queens. Thomas Rorke and two men dressed as Spider-Man and Batman were all arrested for assault. Other mascots blamed Rorke for the fight. “He was intoxicated and messing with Batman and they got into it,” […]

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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

After much controversy, Councilman Andy King has announced pending legislation to regulate costumed characters who pose with tourists in Times Square and then ask for tips. He believes that regulations, including background checks and licenses, would be beneficial for all involved. “Most of the people out here are hard-working, law-abiding men and women, but there have been a couple […]

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08.12.14 Bucky Turco

A dildo attached to a Spider-Man doll is currently hanging from an overheard wire on Eldridge Street reports Bowery Boogie. In 2013, a Barbie was strung up the same way at the same location and earlier this year, a rubber penis tied to an action figure of the Web Slinger dangled above an intersection in […]

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07.28.14 Sophie Weiner

Over the weekend, a man dressed as Spider-Man punched an NYPD officer in Times Square. This has lead to a crackdown on costumed characters. “They’re like little terrorists preying on all the tourists,” a police officer told the Post. The Naked Black Cowboy, legally Titus Gandy, was arrested when he showed up at the Midtown South […]

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03.07.14 Andy Cush

Until this week, a Spider-Man action figure and a dildo hung over a power line at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street in Williamsburg. The Daily News, with quotes from “disgusted” New Yorkers, reports that it was mysteriously removed yesterday. However, with its readers’ delicate sensibilities in mind, the paper blurred out the work’s […]

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02.28.13 Samer Kalaf

Spider-Man’s cool — as is journalism idol J. Jonah Jameson — but judging from this video, Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man would be more of a gross social pariah than superhero. Did you know his dick would fall off and he’d shoot webbing out of his butt? Because his dick would fall off and he’d shoot webbing out […]

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02.11.13 Samer Kalaf

With great power come allegations of punching a mom in Times Square. Philip Williams, the costumed Spider-Man in question, was arrested for assault when he hit the woman after she didn’t toss him some money after posing for a photo with her two kids. The mom came back with her husband, who started beating Williams […]

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08.15.12 Joshua Rivera

Even superheroes need to head out to the boroughs every once in a while. The writer/artist team of Stuart Moore and Damien Scott—both Brooklyn natives—plan to bring one of the biggest superheroes out into their home borough for a very special adventure. This month marks the fiftieth birthday of Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, and […]

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05.15.12 Bucky Turco

The first three Spider-Man movies sucked. They were corny and the casting of Tobey Maguire always had me rooting for the villains, none of whom were ever that menacing, making the franchise that much more unenjoyable. Then it was announced that he would be fired and a shadier Peter Parker would assume the role of […]

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03.27.12 Bucky Turco

In the most recent trailer for the new Spider-Man movie, there’s one part where the camera pans to a a huge red spider painted on the wall, apparently the web-slinging superhero is now a street artist too, which would probably explain this IRL version spotted in the East Village. This must be part of the […]

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