It’s a mostly harmless example of liberals’ ‘good’ ideas going horribly wrong.
The vacuum of normal, productive life - even in a tourist-y spot - allows the freaks to flood in. Desperate for attention in a city of 10 million that would otherwise ignore them (for good reason), they gladly wear Halloween costumes year-round.
Even worse are the tourists, who think it’s all an East Coast Disney World with Captain America and Superman taking the place of Mickey & Minnie Mouse. Presumably, they came to New York to see landmarks, museums and history but that one little snapshot with/for their kid can’t hurt, right? Well, yes it can when thousands of snaps are taken each day. The fairy tale is dashed quickly when the ‘superhero’ asks you in a menacing fashion to cross his palm with silver. Two bucks? ‘You can afford more than that,’ they have been documented to frequently say. And so, $10 for a ‘free’ photo (using one’s own phone/camera) for a snap with a gutter dweller with a drug/alcohol problem. I suppose it beats a tin cup and a sign!
As one NY Post columnist put it, this is the return of Squeegee Man.