Tourists go to Times Square to take pictures and not to get hassled by life-size cartoon characters. That’s the logic behind a bill pending before City Council. It would give the Department of Transportation the authority to regulate where costumed characters can stand and do their photo-ops. This comes amid an uptick in reports of aggressive encounters with passersby. Gilda Di Carli went to Times Square to find out more.
This week on Uptown Radio, new jobs numbers are out, the city’s annual homeless count is coming up, and the City Council plans to vote on pay raises for members. Also on the show, universities attempt to address diversity issues on campus, an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History explores bacteria in the human gut, and an arts program helps keep women out of the criminal justice system.