Yesterday marked the first day that police officers began enforcing the new rules governing the Crossroads of the Worlds. (They're like zoning regulations... but for people!)
For some background, City Council passed legislation in April—supported by the Times Square Alliance—that divided Times Square into three zones: a chill zone for sitting and relaxing, designated "activity" zones and EXPRESS PEDESTRIAN LANES.
A lot of attention has been paid to the harsh effect these new rules have had on the costumed characters that call the busy intersection their office. In fact, a short trip to the area revealed one painted activity pen completely empty, and an Elsa briefly letting go of the constraints of another.
Costumed characters who ask for tips outside the zones can face up to $500 in fines. But what about the many photo-happy tourists standing in the middle of the EXPRESS WALKING lanes that we were promised? What about them we ask?
So when are we gonna ticket these people?
(Editor's Note: Time Out New York's offices are located in Times Square.)