Under Bill de Blasio, Times Square is Getting Nasty Again

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Ironically some of this is really spillover from the Disneyfication of Times Square, but it also signifies a larger breakdown in the city. Like the shootings, this kind of thing is a symptom.

“I see Spider-Man mugging people all the time,” he continued. “I just saw a bus guy get in a fight like five minutes ago. I’ve been punched. I’ve been spit at. There are so many things that shouldn’t be going on out here.”

The chaos isn’t relegated to just one street corner or block — it’s everywhere, from 42nd Street all the way up to 48th.

And it’s so bad that Broadway officials blame the chaos for slumping ticket sales, prompting the Times Square Alliance to push for a law that would require costumed characters to register with the city to ply their trade.

A tatted-up, 5-foot-tall version of Bane, the Batman villain, grabbed a young boy’s arm, walked him away from his mother with no warning and posed with him. Bane, decked out with 4-inch platform boots and a fake hand grenade, flexed his biceps as the confused mother tried to pull her curious son away.

On Broadway between 47th and 48th streets, 11 men were trying to sell their demo CDs.

“Free hip-hop. Free hip-hop,” they bellowed.

A man walked by with one hand up in futile, silent protest.

“What, you don’t like black people?” said one hawker.

Bloomberg’s anti-car crusade made things worse by blocking off roads to create a lot of open spaces. On paper these vast spaces were supposed to be pleasant. In real life, traffic is part of a city. Creating vast open spaces that aren’t parkland is asking for trouble. Too many people gather and that creates opportunities for all sorts of mischief.

Then the costumed creeps that usually hang out on Hollywood Boulevard decided that they might as well do the same thing here. And to no one’s surprise, adults who dress up in unlicensed costumes that disguise their appearances so that they can hit up people for money aren’t the most stable bunch.

Now tie in Bill de Blasio’s open door for crime and lack of enforcement and the whole situation begins spinning out of control.

A year ago it was a few guys in costumes. Now it’s a few dozen guys. The CD guys and ticket guys were around before, but they seem to have gotten more aggressive and competitive. Times Square is reverting to what it was. A hunting ground for tourists.

  • CaoMoo

    Well but idiots in charge and stupid things happen

    • Habbgun

      Yes but the idiots ran NYC long before I was born. There were a few great, forgotten men who laid down the infrastructure allowing for the place but once that was done it became a machine politician’s paradise. Lowlifes reproduce themselves in great numbers. What can you do when your place of birth is simply returning to its moronic roots?

  • annajkramer

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    • Waldemar Daninsky

      Barry got an almost new presidency just by working part time as a community organizer. You too can become president simply by being a negro, visit the white house website.

  • nomoretraitors

    This is what those dumbazzez voted for

  • Habbgun

    I’m working on leaving. NYC is economically dead no matter what they say. Skills are iffy. The worse the economy gets the more your skills become irrelevant. Someone has to want to buy what you’re selling.

    • Boots

      I’m not surprised NYC business climate is looking bad since New York as a state has been bleeding business… and it’s tied into tax policy and regulation. Good luck on getting out. We moved a small business out of California seven years ago because of taxes and regulation and are doing much better in the south. We make a lot less but are living much better… plus i get to play around on the blogs in my spare time (being boss is good).

  • JD

    New Yorkers are getting exactly what they voted for! By the way, they voted for de bloto by over 70% even after they were told repeatedly that he was a card carrying communist.
    This in the so-called world capitol of capitalism – yeah right. The capitol of crony capitalism.

  • American Patriot

    In addition to New York City’s continuing downward spiral under Warren Wilhelm, Jr., the mayor has decided to take a family vacation in Italy while Long Island Rail Road workers are preparing for a strike, leaving the MTA and city officials to handle the situation. What an irresponsible mayor, in addition to being incompetent. So far, Wilhelm is the worst mayor in NYC’s history.