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For three minutes before every midnight in October, artist Ryoji Ikeda will repurpose Times Square’s electronic billboards for an audiovisual installation. Ikeda’s “tightly synchronized, flickering black-and-white imagery—mining data for mathematical beauty” will take over 47 screens across five blocks. The Japanese Paris-based electronic composer, sound, and visual artist follows Robert Wilson’s video portraits, Tracey Emin’s neon hearts and others, as part of the Midnight Moment Times […]

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Hating Times Square is easy. Idiot tourists bumping into you from every direction, blinding advertisements that people consider a form of entertainment for some reason and every artery-clogging chain restaurant imaginable can all be found in this special nook of Satan’s butthole. Michael Tapp’s short video above is a little surprising. He focuses mostly on the […]

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Earlier this week, the NYPD conducted what CBS characterized as an “impromptu meeting” with Times Square mascots in an effort to improve relations after a string of well publicized arrests. But according to the doomsdayers at the New York Post, it didn’t go as well as planned. Only nine characters showed up — CBS reported […]

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Yesterday, the NYPD tweeted a photo of a woman wearing a fuzzy red Elmo suit in handcuffs with her back turned. The 37-year-old woman was arrested when police saw her asking a passerby for cash. They said she will be charged with aggressive solicitation.  This weekend, two men dressed as Spider-Man and Batman were arrested, along with […]

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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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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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With the high profile arrest of an unruly Spider-Man in July and other well publicized instances of bad behavior by mascots in Times Square as of recent, the NYPD is cracking down on the fuzzy hustlers and they’re starting to feel the pain. According to the AP, the police effort is starting to take a […]

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In 1987, artist Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo For America lit up above Times Square every six minutes for an entire month. The words “THIS IS NOT AMERICA” would appear over an outline of the United States, “THIS IS NOT AMERICA’S FLAG” would flash over the U.S. flag, and then “AMERICA” would flash, with an outline of the […]

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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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A New York’s City councilman has drafted a bill to create a licensing system and background checks for the people who wander Times Square in costumes posing with tourists, to the dismay of brands like Viacom and Sanrio reports the Wall Street Journal. There are currently over 70 mascots — many of them immigrants — […]

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