In the first video you get a clear view of the current New York Police Department’s Times Square Kiosk, soon to undergo a big change. It’s been in place for 58 years and in that time Times Square has changed beyond all recognition.
Once the home of scammers, pimps, crooks and every kind of sleaze imaginable, now it is full of brightly colored big billboards, huge crowds and the kind of wholesome entertainment seen in the second video which shows a Brooklyn youngster leading her group in ‘Hit the Quan Dance’ in Times Square.
The worst offenders in Times Square these days are people dressed as the Statue of Liberty or the Cookie Monster trying to make you pay them if you take a picture with them in it. Or women who aren’t dressed at all, the famous Desnudas who panhandle for tips from tourists.
Deep inside the current NYPD kiosk is an actual lockup where criminals caught in the Square were sent to spend the night repenting their sins. But in a new redesigned Times Square NYPD kiosk, that lockup will be gone and the kiosk will instead be a community outreach center for anyone who feels they need the NYPD’s help.
Crime in the Square has dropped by 90% from 1994-2014 and these plans to change the whole function of the NYPD Kiosk reflect a new era in policing; less running down the bad guys and gals and more trying to prevent crime happening in the first place. Your police officers are more likely to offer you the hand of friendship these days than put you in a pair of cuffs.