It is apparently no holds barred for naked street performers in Times Square, whether they stick to their “designated activity zones” or not.
The NYPD is reportedly reluctant to cite the performers, known as “desnudas,” the Spanish word for naked, for violations, as most are illegal aliens, a highly-protected demographic under Mayor de Blasio’s administration.
The desnudas flaunt themselves across the square in nothing but body paint, posing with tourists for tips. De Blasio has ordered the panhandlers to the aforementioned zones, but to no avail; and, with his commitment to New York’s status as a sanctuary city, willing to push the limits of the legality of undocumented members of its immigrant population, police officials see little point in attempting to corral the flamboyant performers.
Eight designated activity zones (DAZ) were implemented last year after a series of embarrassing incidents occurred involving the performers and tourists. One incident involved a street performer dressed as Spiderman getting into a scuffle with a family from Virginia.
Nonetheless, police have had little success constraining performers to their assigned areas, with the illegal performers confident enough to ignore their summonses. In the year following DAZ’s implementation, 220 summonses have been issued by the NYPD to violating performers and they have all gone unanswered. The blatant disregard for the rules is upsetting many residents.
“It’s a total f**king scam, and it happens thousands of times a week,” Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins told the Post.
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