Times Square Performers Say New License Law Would Violate Their Civil Liberties

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Council Member King poses with a group of performers after the press conference Monday.
In the past few years, there have been several unfortunate, highly-publicized incidents in Times Square involving pervy, anti-Semitic Elmos and pugnacious, cop-punching Spidermen. But a new union representing Times Square costumed performers says a proposed law introduced by City Council Member Andy King yesterday -- which would require performers to be licensed and fingerprinted, and would create fines and jail time if they don't comply -- goes much too far.

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Five Arrested During Citywide Marches Supporting Mike Brown, MO Teen Slain By Police

Photo by C.S. Muncy. The Michael Brown protest in Midtown Manhattan.
Police "kettling" protesters in Times Square during the demonstration last night.
In 90 cities around the country last night, demonstrators marched in what was dubbed National Moment of Silence 2014 to honor Mike Brown, the teenager killed in Missouri by police last week, as well as other victims of police brutality. The marches were organized online in just four days by Feminista Jones, a writer and activist from the Bronx with a massive Twitter following. In New York, marchers massed in Bed-Stuy, Harlem and hundreds in Union Square; some of the Manhattan protesters made their way up to Times Square, where five men were eventually arrested during what both police and protesters alike called an otherwise fairly peaceful night.

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Trains Are Back to Normal After Hand Grenade Scare at Times Square Subway Station

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A, C, and E trains were bypassing Times Square Station for a little over an hour on Monday afternoon after a small, suspicious item resembling a hand grenade was found on the subway tracks.

"We're not quite sure what it is yet. There are workers still working on the job," Sergeant Jones of the NYPD tells the Voice. The object, he said was found "on the tracks in the station on the northbound local A, C, E."

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Times Square Billboard Calls for "Independent Investigation" of 9-11--and the People Speak

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It's always nice to be included.
The 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks came and went pretty quietly, with the usual somber memorials at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon. It was probably quieter than Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) might have liked; it's a group dedicated to spreading the idea that the attacks were an inside job and the towers were felled in a controlled demolition. Perhaps you've heard of them.

A crucial piece of the group's theory revolves around the collapse of "Building 7," or 7 World Trade Center. On September 3, in part of a campaign they've dubbed ReThink911, AE911 and a related group, Remember Building 7, bought space on an enormous billboard near Times Square and took out an ad, one which reads, "Did you know a third tower fell on September 11?"

The groups bought similar billboards in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney, and London. But the Times Square ad was meant to be the centerpiece, the small flame that would, in their words, "spark a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001." When that didn't happen, they launched an email campaign.

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Man Who Attacked Hijab-Wearing Woman In Times Square Released With Just A Ticket

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Atef Sabry Abu El Enin in Times Square on Saturday
Rachel Gunnoe, a stay-at-home mom from New Jersey, was in a Times Square on Saturday, taking part in a demonstration against the military coup in Egypt, when she was accosted by a man who grabbed her protest sign, threw it in her face, and called her a "fucking terrorist."

Her assailant, identified by the NYPD as Atef Sabry Abu El Enin, 33, of Washington D.C., was quickly restrained by officers but, the Voice has learned, he was not charged with assault.

Instead, he was taken to a local precinct where he was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and dismissed. But he may face more charges soon--the NYPD confirms the attack is being investigated as "a possible bias incident."

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Times Square Man Hits Hijab-Wearing Woman With Sign, Calls Her a "Fucking Terrorist"

Ah, Times Square. That place has everything--Broadway shows, naked body painting, anti-Semitic Elmo.

This weekend, it was also the site of an ugly race-based attack. An unidentified man was captured on video swearing at Times Square demonstrators, including a woman wearing a hijab, whom he called a "fucking terrorist" before hurling a sign at her.

"Are you out of your mind?" the woman, Rachel Gunnoe, is heard starting to say before the man charges toward her. He was quickly handcuffed by two NYPD officers, but it remains unclear whether the man will face any charges.

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Naked Body Painter Andy Golub to Make Triumphant Naked-Body-Painting Return to Times Square Today

Andy Golub isn't just a painter--he's a provocateur. He likes danger. He might even thrive off it. That's why, as DNA Info reports, the body painter plans to paint some naked bodies in Time Square this afternoon almost two years after he was arrested for the same thing. Don't worry, though, this time it's totally cool with the city.

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Man With a Knife Gunned Down in the Middle of Times Square

We can bet half of all the tourists checking out the sites on West 38th Street didn't expect this.

At around 3:15pm, a 51-year-old man with an 11-inch butcher knife led twenty cops or so on a drawn out chase through the onset of Times Square. Tourists fled in panic or took their cellphones out to tweet and record the entire showdown. 

The police had pepper-sprayed the man but to no avail, leading him to yell "Shoot me! Shoot me!" in front of throngs of people. As the cops cornered him on Seventh Avenue and West 38th Street, the man lunged at the cops one last time, forcing the authorities to shoot the man in the torso several times. Around ten shots or so were fired - he died at Bellevue Hospital soon after.

Yes, just your ordinary Saturday afternoon in Times Square.

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Want Times Square to Be More Crowded? Air the Mars Rover Landing There Tonight

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to take a late-night bike ride up the West Side Highway. It was around midnight when we hit 59th Street and headed east towards Central Park. Dangerous, yes, but the air was calm until we decided to advance on the brilliant idea of biking through Times Square to head back Downtown to home base. Somehow, at that time of night, there were hundreds, if not thousands, of gawking pedestrians, amazed by the lights and sounds of the commercial hub. Given, it was almost 1am on a Wednesday night.

Why bring up this experience? We all know the pains of Times Square; it's become that cliche criticism of tourists - "Ugh.... I HATE Times Square." We get it. But here's an amazing reason to check out 42nd Street and up tonight:

The Mars Rover known as Curiosity will be completing its eight-month journey across the galaxy and everyone in Times Square and beyond will be able to watch it on the Toshiba Vision screen (it's one of those, uhm, big flashy screens... just look where everyone else is looking). At around 11:30pm, the screen will flash to the event as our Rover lands on the Red Planet. It's not until 1:31am, though, that the exploratory device is set to land; from then on, pictures will be taken immediately and will flash across the screen until 4am.

We're trying very, very hard to keep our inner geek excitement from bursting out.

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14,000 New Yorkers Do Sun Salutations In Times Square For Summer Solstice

14,000 New Yorkers do yoga in Times Square
We don't know about you but just thinking about Times Square immediately gives us a calm and relaxing energy.

OK, so maybe not, but it was good enough for the 14,000 New Yorkers who showed up in Times Square today to participate in the 10th annual Mind Over Madness event.

The yoga-thon is in celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Yoga practitioners both novice and advanced participate in a series of classes from sunrise to sunset.

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