There are places in NYC that native New Yorkers never go if they can avoid it. Times Square is one of those places. Yes the fabulous lighted signs are well worth seeing, especially at night, but, the food places are wildly overpriced and the food is dreadful and every second person you see in the Square is a hustler, trying to separate you from your money. It’s all in a good cause of course, they are trying to make a living and if you want to subsidize that, hey it’s your money but there are so many ways to spend it that are more fun.
Now the naked cowboy and his bevy of cowgirls who have been there for many years and to some acclaim have been joined not just by many Elmos, Batmen, Spidermen and Statues of Liberty but by a group of naked painted ladies. It’s perfectly legal, women going topless in New York are not breaking the law, but it sure is makiing the regular hustlers grumble as they drain of some of their profits. And of course there are also those outraged by how innappropriateness of it all.
But the nature and variety of hustlers in Times Square tends to go through phases and as the weather cools off you can expect a sharp drop off in naked painted ladies that keeps pace with those falling temperatures. I think one reason the Naked Cowboy has so many fans is he does stick it out through fine weather and the freezing cold. But basically being hustled every few feet in Times Square by someone insisting you take a photo of them for which they charge you, gets very old very quickly.
Look there are plenty of hustlers in NYC that don’t stand around in Times Square. Sadly the art of the hustle is an old NYC tradition. But choosing to put yourself in the midst of a huge bunch of them? Get real, it’s horrible. Go for a walk in Central Park until the urge passes and instead of a photo with Elmo grab one of you standing by the John Lennon Straberry Fields memorial. that I can guarantee you is a wonderful