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(Gothamist)   Now's the time to regulate the furries of Times Square and render them impotent before they multiply   (gothamist.com) divider line 62
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2013-04-10 03:49:24 PM

ferretman: What's really annoying is that some of them may $200.00+/day. That has the potential of over $70K/yr in cash....how many of them are actually paying taxes on that money? Are they avoiding taxes and getting Government benefits?


I hear them ask for $2 a pic. Even if they're keeping the change from a tourist's $5 or $10 that kind of income level would require a constant fark load of customers.

Hopefully a NYC summer will naturally cull the fursuit population.
 
2013-04-10 03:49:36 PM

UNC_Samurai: antron: [i49.tinypic.com image 524x500]

No.

You never initiate Exfurminatus with anything less than obliterating firepower

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He's got a canon for a penis, but it's so small...  You would think they would have given him a bigger penis cannon with some balls at least?
 
2013-04-10 04:21:46 PM

DB: Anti-semite Elmo was the best.


I saw anti-Semite Elmo ranting in front of Macy's Herald Square back in December. He was in costume but had the Elmo head off & was holding it under his arm. At first I assumed he was angry with the Salvation Army bell ringers but then I realized he was THAT Elmo.
 
2013-04-10 04:47:06 PM
Vegas is off the rails with this shiat, but at least they have fake showgirls out there hustling change. Are there any fake Rockettes in Times Square?

The best one I saw in Vegas was a guy who looked exactly like Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover. The only fur he had on was his (real) beard, and he had the aviator shades and a doll in the baby carrier and everything.

And then there was the naked Homer Simpson. He had on just a dingy yellow body sock and a Homer mask, and I think he was drunk. It was at the same time the saddest and funniest thing I ever saw.
 
2013-04-10 06:00:51 PM

phaseolus: Provided I'm able to stay far enough away from Woody and his puddles, all this makes me more likely to visit Times Square. It sounds entertaining.


In NYC, you always have to looking out for number 1.
 
2013-04-10 06:06:44 PM

TheHighlandHowler: NEW YORK Penal Law 240.35 (4):
Being masked or in any manner disguised by unusual or unnatural attire or facial alteration, loiters, remains or congregates in a public place with other persons so masked or disguised, or knowingly permits or aids persons so masked or disguised to congregate in a public place; except that such conduct is not unlawful when it occurs in connection with a masquerade party or like entertainment if, when such entertainment is held in a city which has promulgated regulations in connection with such affairs, permission is first obtained from the police or other appropriate authorities; (National Lawyers Guild NYC Chapter paper on the

(law dates from 1845)


As TFA explains, the law has been interpreted to mean that two or more masked people are acting in concert.  Each "furry" acts independently so the law does not apply.
 
2013-04-10 06:55:21 PM

Silverstaff: Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.

Because Times Square has a reputation (outside New York) of being the heart of the city, the "downtown" of New York where it's like all of New York City summed up as one thing.  Of course, it earned that reputation decades ago, and everything that made it unique was exterminated to turn it into a gentrified homogenous pablum that is, as you said, like any mall on Earth.

Somehow though, the idea of fursuited/costumed grifters mugging people, urinating in doorways and groping women makes me smile, like the spirit of Times Square lives even though they cleaned it up on the surface.


Yeah, give me back the Times Square of my youth! (40 years ago)
The prostitutes, the winos, the smells!
Never make eye contact, never stop moving, never answer a direct question!
Where a twelve year old boy (me) could walk into a store, buy a cheap sword, and keep on walking.
Good times
 
2013-04-10 07:00:37 PM

iheartscotch: I thought we had to embrace our differences. Those would have to include furries.

/ or that's what everybody says about gay marriage; are furries denied rights because they are furries?


Furries are fine.  Bronies must be executed.
 
2013-04-10 07:04:52 PM
I guess that the Naked Cowboy would be unaffected,.
 
2013-04-10 08:01:14 PM

tinyarena: Silverstaff: Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.

Because Times Square has a reputation (outside New York) of being the heart of the city, the "downtown" of New York where it's like all of New York City summed up as one thing.  Of course, it earned that reputation decades ago, and everything that made it unique was exterminated to turn it into a gentrified homogenous pablum that is, as you said, like any mall on Earth.

Somehow though, the idea of fursuited/costumed grifters mugging people, urinating in doorways and groping women makes me smile, like the spirit of Times Square lives even though they cleaned it up on the surface.

Yeah, give me back the Times Square of my youth! (40 years ago)
The prostitutes, the winos, the smells!
Never make eye contact, never stop moving, never answer a direct question!
Where a twelve year old boy (me) could walk into a store, buy a cheap sword, and keep on walking.
Good times


Even about 20 years it was fascinating. Sex shops and hookers as far as the eye could see... And shops that were selling obviously illegal products. Not just foreign porn featuring performers of questionable age, but counterfeit items of all kinds.

I remember going into a peep show there, as a 20-something tourist, and being allowed to physically interact (in a limited-though-definitely-intimate-way) with the dancer. And she was cute, too (but then, so was I). After growing up in the midwest, I was stunned that this place was even allowed to exist in America, and now here I was being allowed to do something I had previously only done to people I dated, and all for a one dollar tip plus the cost of opening the peep window.

The bisexual woman was acting as my tour guide heard my description of the event and said, "Damn. I've lived here all my life, and I never even though to  ask  if I could do that!"

And seriously: There were things in that shop that made me think it was going to be raided by SWAT teams at any moment.

I also saw the biggest rat I've ever seen while visiting New York City. The damned thing was the size of a small terrier.

 It sounds like Times Square sort of sucks now. It sounds like a crappy giant mall with fursuited panhandlers bugging people left and right. I haven't been back there since before 9/11. I think I'll wait a while before going back.
 
2013-04-10 09:00:04 PM

Tax Boy: why tourists insist on hanging about in times square is a complete mystery to me. there's nothing there but shiatty restaurants, tourist-trap souvenir shops, and the same stores you'd find at any mall in the world (just bigger).

there's so much to do and see in nyc, and they all just hang out there 24-7.


I have been to NY many times to see people and hang out and only recently had a reason to be in Times Square (I was with someone who loves musicals).

Times Square is god awful and I understand why people foolish enough to spend their time only there hate NY. Just being there made me feel dumb and easily duped out of money. It was obnoxious, worthless, and the food was shiat in one of the best places in the world for food.

/ at least i didnt give any to the god damn furries though
 
2013-04-10 10:45:32 PM
I guess I never knew that these guys *weren't* regulated. Hard to imagine that; even buskers are to some degree. And AFAIK they don't regularly assault passersby for change.
 
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