Ever since New York clamped down on the crime that plagued the city in the seventies and eighties, the Big Apple has lost the gruesome reputation it once carried. Knife fights/dance-offs and DMX videos have been replaced by think-pieces on gentrification and more think-pieces about Girls or maybe even Louie. For many, it's lost its edge, and is just another millionaires playground and craft beer depository, a la London.
However, if you do want to experience the low-life sludge of old, folks say you should head down to Times Square, where popular cartoon characters are ruining childhood memories and childhood in general by punching kids, hurling racial insults and, most recently, groping teens.
The popular tourist destination is the beat of one particularly surly Cookie Monster, who recently added to his extensive rap sheet by grabbing a teenage girl's breasts when she went to take a photo with him. I realise that it could have been a different guy inside the costume on those different occasions, but I like to think the get-up carries a sort of "one ring to rule them all" effect on people.
Although blaming the suit might not hold up in court.
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