While it surely can’t be easy out there for a costumed character on the streets of New York City, one Spider-Man landed in hot legal water after a kerfuffle with a tourist in the winter of 2013. While he said she started it by throwing snow in his face, a judge convicted him yesterday of harassment. [More]
At first the idea of a mini Times Square sounds like a New Yorker’s worst nightmare — the real thing is bad enough, filled with swarms of slow-walking tourists and the glare of flashing billboards incessantly hawking whatever product can afford a spot there. But hey, not everyone can visit New York City, which is why a Moscow mall decided to bring that experience to Russia with a scale replica of the popular tourist destination. [More]
Seeing people dressed up as cartoon or comic book characters in NYC’s Times Square is an every day event. But for those inside the outfits, it’s not all fun and games, it’s about making a living by posing with fans for a little cash. Which is why, said one Spider-Man busted by cops yesterday, he had to hit a woman who he says refused to tip him. He’s also calling it self-defense, because she hit him with a snowball. [More]
The group Consumer Watchdog is pushing hard for Congress to establish a “do not track” list for online consumers, which I’m all for. I’m not sure whether releasing a ridiculously unpleasant cartoon in Times Square is the right strategy, though–especially when you use the very service you’re warning people about. [More]
In order to satisfy the staggering outcry for Pop-Tart related services, the iconic toaster treat has opened up a store in Times Square. One of the delicacies they serve is “Pop-Tart Sushi,” three kinds of minced Pop-Tarts rolled in fruit roll-up. [More]
It’s probably never a good idea to offer Yankees fans free tickets for showing up and forming a crowd, because then you’ve got a crowd of Yankees fans with nothing to do, and that’s not going to end well. In this case, after the fans found out that Pepsi over-promised the number of free tickets it was giving out, they turned hostile.
A Time Out New York reporter paid nearly double MSRP for a new G1 phone she bought off Times Square from Cellular Stop. After she realized she’d been had (internet access and texting were sold to her as “add-ons”), she went back to the store asking for an explanation. Instead, she says, six clerks began circling her and her friends, screaming and cursing and threatening to “break” their “fucking faces.” Her friend was tossed against a wall and another clerk tried to smash her camera.
We always wondered what wild and wacky things happened in the Applebee’s in Times Square. Now we know.