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(New York Daily News)   The costumed miscreants that plague Times Square and try to bully unsuspecting tourists into giving them tips for photographs are hoping to form a union, which would make it virtually impossible to ban them   (nydailynews.com) divider line 166
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2014-08-12 12:06:21 PM  
Could always be worse....

ameliebeaute.com

images.halloweencostumes.com
 
2014-08-12 12:07:30 PM  

Fano: Skarekrough: HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.

Despite the condemnation of Times Square among everyone here, it's a huge draw.  In a city so tightly packed it's one of those spots where you turn the corner to and it just opens up in a way that's hard to describe.  With it being featured so prominently in media, movies and everything else it's just something you kind of need to see once in your life, even if to say you saw it and that's it.

The costumed miscreants prey upon that.  They know people will be stopping to take pictures and they use that opportunity to be available, to insert themselves into the situation, to be pushy and get into it.  They prey upon what a polite society just doesn't do and the anonymity of wearing a costume to weasel their way in and then go for tips or fees or whatever else they want to call it.  In a sense it's a combination of panhandling and a good low-end grift.  They'll make a scene to get what they want and have no qualms about lying or being rude about it.

About 15 years ago I was in New Orleans on my Honeymoon.  Where me and the Missus were staying there was one road that we would walk that lead to most of the destinations we were heading to.  The first night there this guy stops us and does his thing....it's essentially preying on people's nature to be polite and their inevitable desire to just get them to go away, which usually costs a few bucks at his suggestion.  He makes balloon hats or whatever and asks questions and tells stories, and it's usually about 10 minutes of your time you'll never get back.

He hit us the first night and I watched him nail two other couples later that night.

The second night he steps up and starts the schpeil.  He preys upon folks unwillingness to be less than polite in a foreign city and the impression you're unwilling to show to the other person you're with.  A minute in I hand him a buck and told him to keep the hat.  He takes i ...


Seattle is much the same way.
 
2014-08-12 12:10:57 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.


Um, I found the British Museum in London to be so intolerably crowded that I walked out.

I have never seen anything like that in all my trips to the Met.  I go like three times a year.
 
2014-08-12 12:11:07 PM  

Robo Beat: tripleseven: poot_rootbeer: cgraves67: I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

As long as you don't block the sidewalk, we'll treat you well.

The one that pisses me off the most isn't really the sidewalk blockers, because you can usually get past them.

What really pisses me off, and mind you, this isn't limited to tourists:

farkheads who stop at the top of the subways stair to check their phone when leaving the subway.

And,

farkheads who stop at the top of the subway stairs to check their phone before entering the subway.

I usually say very loudly:  "There are a hundred better places for you to stop and stand, find one please"

I dislike the groups of tourists who clump up at one end of the subway platform, near the single exit/entrance, making everyone else walk along the edge of the platform near the tracks.

To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks, that smack into someone every time they turn around.

It's like people go on vacation and they stop paying attention to their surroundings, like the part of their brain that handles spatial awareness has shriveled up and fallen out through their ears while they were on the plane.


I find it hard to believe. My neighborhood isn't exactly a tourist haven and plenty of people act like they're the only person in the world. They'll stop short, stand in the middle of the sidewalk, crowd in front of doors and sidewalks. I admit it gets worse in the more crowded areas, but that's just natural. Blaming everything on tourists makes no sense. The only thing I've noticed that they can't figure out is crossing the street when no cars are coming.
 
2014-08-12 12:11:52 PM  

Robo Beat: To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks


This always mystified me.
 
2014-08-12 12:14:45 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.

Oh, for farks sake:

http://bit.ly/1osbT02
 
2014-08-12 12:16:04 PM  

ChipNASA: Could always be worse....

[ameliebeaute.com image 850x568]

[images.halloweencostumes.com image 850x1214]


3.bp.blogspot.com

MIMES!

/from when Adam Sandler was funny and Robin Williams was alive
 
2014-08-12 12:18:14 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.


Awww, did someone's feelings get hurt? I'm sorry little buddy.

Here's a song for you. Hopefully it'll make you feel better.

http://youtu.be/_Q_odSgDQeE
 
2014-08-12 12:19:10 PM  
The squeegee guys are back! Maybe if they dressed up as superheroes they could join the union too?
 
2014-08-12 12:20:56 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


This is a good question but last year I was in Rome and they have a million dudes in gladiator outfits roaming around. If you think about getting your picture with a "real" gladiator in front of the Colliseum the idea starts to make a little more sense. I imagine foreigners associate the various characters with America, and since NY is pretty darn American I guess it works for them. Anyways, apparently this is a thing the world over these days.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:12 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better


Please tell that to my employer, who relocated their office to 43rd St. Now I have a run a farking gauntlet of Elmos every day to get to work.

At least I get to travel a bit.
 
2014-08-12 12:22:24 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.


I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.
 
2014-08-12 12:26:03 PM  

moothemagiccow: Pull the Plug on Grannie: cgraves67: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

I've never been there, but the only thing that really sounds appealing are the museums. I might take in a show, just to say that I have, but otherwise I have no desire to go to tourist traps like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, the Empire State Building, or the WTC. I guess people also go there for shopping, but I hate shopping. I should get to NYC at some point in my life, but I'm not in a hurry. Plus the locals will probably treat me like a rustic rube, which dampens the appeal.

The museums in Detroit and Toronto are nicer than NYC. Not that much smaller and way, way less crowded. I've been to the natural museum of history in NYC multiple times and the museum exhibits themselves are fossilized. They're so classic they never change them, never update, add, etc. (Except for the special exhibits which they want to charge more money for). The metropolitan museum of art is so crowded they will have three or for paintings on top of each other such that you can't look at them properly, plus people almost shoulder to shoulder. The crowded pushy atmosphere does not make for an art appreciation mood. Maybe if you're interested in one of the lesser museums, but the main ones are way over crowded. If you must go, be there on a weekday morning when it opens and hit the most popular stuff first to avoid the crowds.

I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and ...


Yes, that is the best part about the met.  It is free.  When I was a kid, there was just like a donation bucket at the entrance, drop in money, take a metal tag and off you go.

Now, they have a Kiosk style entrance with a "Suggested Donation" of something like 22 bucks a person.  Many, many people believe that it's an entrance fee.  It's not.  You can walk up and say I can't donate, or drop a buck, or even a penny on the counter.  They will print you tickets just like anyone else who paid, and off you go.  they have replaced the cool metal tags with stickers now, though.
 
2014-08-12 12:33:45 PM  

Fano: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

Do pickpockets have a union?


I'm pretty sure the Thieves' Guild only exists in D&D and Discworld novels.
 
2014-08-12 12:39:42 PM  

Robo Beat: To say nothing of those who walk around in the Métro wearing gigantic trekking-style frame backpacks, that smack into someone every time they turn around.


I see people doing that in downtown Toronto. I've looked for hiking around here, it's a one hour drive, more like two for non-overrun tourist traps. Where the fark are you going with that giant bag? I know you're not a seasoned traveler because any tard knows all those straps and BS hanging off your bag are going to get destroyed by baggage handlers. I seriously doubt you hiked for days through suburbs from the nearest camping grounds.

It's like people go on vacation and they stop paying attention to their surroundings, like the part of their brain that handles spatial awareness has shriveled up and fallen out through their ears while they were on the plane.

People not on their way to work suddenly have all the time in the world to lollygag.
 
2014-08-12 12:43:46 PM  
What a guild of panhandlers might look like:

4.bp.blogspot.com

/obscure?
//I hope not
 
2014-08-12 12:44:30 PM  
Step 1: Fill paper bag with bees, or spotted recluse spiders (or both!)
Step 2: Let filthy costumed beggar approach.
Step 3: Let friend prepare to take pic of you & said filthy costumed beggar, instructing you both to "say cheese!"
Step 4: Empty (or insert) bag into costume breathing hole.
Step 5: Step lively.
 
2014-08-12 12:48:21 PM  

moothemagiccow: I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.


I'm comparing the met to DIA in Detroit. The works were much more spread out. Often me and SO were the only one in the room. Maybe I'm overly introverted but people walking in front of me or hearing school kids screwing around while I'm looking at a painting kills the experience. I'd rather go to a smaller gallery. Unless you're at the Met to look at particular pieces, I don't see the point.

Went to the big art museum in Toronto when they had the nakked people exhibit and was still less crowded than the Met.
 
2014-08-12 12:48:46 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I see people doing that in downtown Toronto. I've looked for hiking around here, it's a one hour drive, more like two for non-overrun tourist traps. Where the fark are you going with that giant bag? I know you're not a seasoned traveler because any tard knows all those straps and BS hanging off your bag are going to get destroyed by baggage handlers. I seriously doubt you hiked for days through suburbs from the nearest camping grounds.


It's the same way here.  I always figure it's kids on a gap year traveling by bus or hitchhiking, or ignoring carry-on size limits on one of the budget airlines that fly here.  Although my point was more to the effect that if you can't manage to drag your luggage around without banging it into people, you really ought to just hail a cab and drop the thing off somewhere.
 
2014-08-12 12:49:46 PM  

limeyfellow: I am surprised they just don't let the NYPD claim an open season on them. They are usually pretty good at indiscriminate gunfire, so if a few of them got taken out, what is the harm when there are so many spares?


If you let the NYPD open fire on them in Times Square, you'll end up with dozens of dead tourists, cops, nuns, kids, and dogs. The only ones who would be completely unscathed would be the guys in costumes they were aiming at.
 
2014-08-12 12:54:42 PM  
If they want to go legit first they will need to obtain legal rights to use copyrighted/trademarked characters for profit.

I very much doubt any of the copyright holders will license squat to these dirtbags.
 
2014-08-12 12:54:43 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: moothemagiccow: I've never, ever had that experience at the Met. Maybe you had this problem on a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend in the Van Gogh room during a fatty convention. Regardless, it's the best art museum I've been to in the country (2nd is Nat'l Gallery in DC). Most US city's collections pale in comparison to what's on offer in Paris or London, but the Met is world class. It's also free.

The Museum of Natural History sucks as much as any other Science Museum. They're all outdated and a waste of time for anyone over 5.

I'm comparing the met to DIA in Detroit. The works were much more spread out. Often me and SO were the only one in the room. Maybe I'm overly introverted but people walking in front of me or hearing school kids screwing around while I'm looking at a painting kills the experience. I'd rather go to a smaller gallery. Unless you're at the Met to look at particular pieces, I don't see the point.

Went to the big art museum in Toronto when they had the nakked people exhibit and was still less crowded than the Met.


Maybe the Met is is similar, but in my visits to the Louvre, you usually see massive, teeming throngs of people clustered around the big, famous works like the holy trinity (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and  Athena Nike of Samothrace), but the rest of the galleries are much less busy.  As best I can figure, there's a lot of people who go there just to see those three and then leave directly, either because they're on a package tour and don't have much time, or because they're not really interested in seeing the art  per se but more in the being able to tell people that they saw it.
 
2014-08-12 12:56:54 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: I vote we let them unionize. Then we refuse their demands. Then they'll have no choice but to strike.



hopestillfloats.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-12 01:01:11 PM  

triptheory: Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.

Awww, did someone's feelings get hurt? I'm sorry little buddy.

Here's a song for you. Hopefully it'll make you feel better.

http://youtu.be/_Q_odSgDQeE


Imagine my embarrassment at not getting a reference to a punk song released when I was 4 years old.
 
2014-08-12 01:06:49 PM  
Hate the Disneyfication of everything. Vegas, New Orleans, New York. Ugh.
 
2014-08-12 01:09:44 PM  
But you ARE familiar with movies about New York from before you were born.

/now you know the reference.
//glad I could help.
 
2014-08-12 01:25:41 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I prefer when they had the pimps and the CHUD


I remember that and the martial arts place that sold everything. Now I go to New York for the pizza
 
2014-08-12 01:36:07 PM  

pinchpoint: What a guild of panhandlers might look like:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 576x448]

/obscure?
//I hope not


Nope. {Whistles "Into the Hall of the Mountain King"}
 
2014-08-12 01:37:54 PM  
First, they don't have an employer. Second, they don't have jobs, and no, certain organized crime groups not withstanding, extortion is neither a job, nor is it "bargaining". It is definitely NOT done in good faith. It pretty much falls under the category of "begging". These people have chosen to pursue a vocation that exists only in their minds, because they choose not to work. They're not exactly providing a service. If they weren't there, tourism at Times Square would be the same, or greater.
 
2014-08-12 01:39:04 PM  
We've got a pretty good one in NOLA, French Quarter specific. There is a guy who turns himself into Bumblebee. He stands up as Bumblebee then transforms into the car and rolls around in circles for a few moment. He has a small motor attached to one of the wheels on his ankles and it actually "drives" the car. When he transforms he really does turn into Camero on four wheels and moves like a car. That is the only time that I have ever given money to one of these "performers".
 
2014-08-12 01:40:29 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: rzrwiresunrise: No. Just no. They're just like the immigrants in Montmartre, France who approach and start tying a friendship bracelet in your wrist like it's some kind of neat trick. The trick' of course' is when you can't remove it, so you're on the hook to pay. Fark these costumed grifters.

You are in no way on the hook to pay. A small penknife does wonders and leaves a look on their face that is priceless.


how can you tell under the mask?
 
2014-08-12 01:41:49 PM  

friedo: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Please tell that to my employer, who relocated their office to 43rd St. Now I have a run a farking gauntlet of Elmos every day to get to work.

At least I get to travel a bit.


Sorry to hear that, I work in Midtown too but I avoid that area at all costs.

/and I walk all over this place
 
2014-08-12 01:48:01 PM  
So these aholes are in LA, Las Vegas and NYC right now and probably in other touristy places as well. I was thinking the stores in New york could just hire their own people and put them in costume and take pictures with the public for free. That would drive the ones doing it for tips nuts and probably out of business and not do as much harm to the brand.
 
2014-08-12 01:50:31 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: triptheory: New York's alright if you want to get mugged or murdered.

I always enjoy hearing from people who base their opinion about New York on movies set in the 1970s.


Yeah. That is sooooo outdated. Nowadays you go to Chicago or Detroit to get mugged or murdered. Those mid-westerners are always so behind on what's out of fashion.
 
2014-08-12 01:52:39 PM  

groppet: So these aholes are in LA, Las Vegas and NYC right now and probably in other touristy places as well. I was thinking the stores in New york could just hire their own people and put them in costume and take pictures with the public for free. That would drive the ones doing it for tips nuts and probably out of business and not do as much harm to the brand.


You know, I believe this Schtick started in LA.


Another reason to really loathe the people in that city.


And hey, I'm not calling it a shiathole, LA is a fairly nice place.  It's the people that ruin it.

An entire tier 2 city that comes to a standstill to watch a police chase.


Morons.
 
2014-08-12 01:56:14 PM  

ChipNASA: Could always be worse....

[ameliebeaute.com image 850x568]

[images.halloweencostumes.com image 850x1214]


37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-12 01:58:21 PM  

Mouser: Fano: jaylectricity: Who are they forming a union against? Unions work because of power of numbers. Many employees, one owner. In this case they would be going up against the general public with nothing to offer but novelty photographs.

Do pickpockets have a union?

I'm pretty sure the Thieves' Guild only exists in D&D and Discworld novels.


I shall favorite you in Grey.

close enough
 
2014-08-12 02:33:11 PM  
assets.nydailynews.com

Wait...the Statue of Liberty is a dude?
 
2014-08-12 02:38:40 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square
 
2014-08-12 02:40:18 PM  

Enema Man: Step 1: Fill paper bag with bees, or spotted recluse spiders (or both!)
Step 2: Let filthy costumed beggar approach.
Step 3: Let friend prepare to take pic of you & said filthy costumed beggar, instructing you both to "say cheese!"
Step 4: Empty (or insert) bag into costume breathing hole.
Step 5: Step lively.


Step 6: photographic evidence for your assault trial.
 
2014-08-12 02:41:14 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square


No love for Coney Island?
 
2014-08-12 02:42:06 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: kronicfeld: AlwaysRightBoy: No self respecting New Yorker goes near Times Square. Who cares, let them feast on the tourists.

/thug it up as a union, even better

Yeah but where other than the Time Square Sbarro are you going to get authentic NY pizza???

Famous Ray's of course... they have one or two around the area.


Pro tip: never eat at a pizza place with Ray in the name. You'll thank me.
 
2014-08-12 02:42:15 PM  

tripleseven: that is the best part about the met. It is free.


Well if they were as good as the Yankees they could charge admission to their games, too.
 
2014-08-12 02:43:52 PM  

Tom_Slick: unlikely: I too say let them do it.

If they unionize, the people who own the characters these guys are using will have someone to sue when it turns out the guy in the Spider Man suit isn't paying for the right.

Yup, they would then be no longer be able to hide behind fair use and be subject to licensing fees as a for profit enterprise.


They're not hiding behind fair use. They're just too poor for Disney or Marvel to sue.
 
2014-08-12 02:43:56 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: Ctrl-Alt-Del: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?

Absolutely. Just stay the fark away from Times Square (unless you're going there to get half price show tickets)

Things to do:
Metropolitan Museum of art
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Guggenheim Museum
The Cloisters
The Statue of Liberty (I remember climbing up to the head as a kid - AWESOME!)
Bronx Zoo
Museum of Sex
Broadway Shows
Off-Broadway Shows
-- The Blue Man Group
-- Stomp
-- Avenue Q
-- Many other probably farking awesome shows
The New York Philharmonic
Performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Performances  at Carnegie Hall
9/11 memorial
 Ellis Island Museum

Things to see:
Empire State Building
Flatiron Building
Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
Brooklyn Bridge
St Patrick's Cathedral
The United Nations

Things that are unique to NY and everyone says are awesome but I don't know why:
South Street Seaport
Central Park
Staten Island Ferry

Places to eat:
Too many awesome places to list, just stay away from farking Time Square

No love for Coney Island?


Their whitefish are the best!
 
2014-08-12 02:44:43 PM  
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2014-08-12 02:46:23 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: I'm still completely lost on why this is a thing for tourists to begin with.


You're from Brazil or China. You want to get a classically American selfie with you in Times Square. And hey, there's Elmo/Iron Man/Spider-man! Do the math.
 
2014-08-12 02:48:52 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: No love for Coney Island?


Never been there, don't know thing one about it, so it didn't even come to mind. I'm sure the Google could easily come up with a dozen or two additional popular/awesome things to do/see that I missed
 
2014-08-12 02:50:30 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: [assets.nydailynews.com image 850x566]

Wait...the Statue of Liberty is a dude?


Hey, I got a pic of that same Mario when I was there.  I figured this was my one chance to take their picture without getting hassled.

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(p.s. New York blows)
 
2014-08-12 02:54:41 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I've never been to New York, nor really had the desire to visit.
Truthfully; is it worth the time to to check it out?


What could change your mind at this point? It's a huge cool city, but there are lots of huge cool cities around the world. The most fascinating aspects of it, like any place, have to be lived through to really experience them. New York is unique in that you can get a solid experience of the city and its history through the hundreds of movies and hundreds of TV shows made in it, and setting foot in it might help put that in perspective and give you a sense of familiarity, but you could just as easily take that budget and experience a new place entirely new to you.

For all of Hollywood's obsession with making movies about LA, you never see anything about the daily lives of its normal residents, only its movie stars and socialites. None of it mirrored my experiences at all.
 
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