By Amber Jamieson. A little girl in a hot pink T-shirt looks up at me as if staring at a princess. Can I take a selfie with you? Andrew Cuomo says they remind him of the bad old days; Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately created a task force to try to ban them. So on Monday night, I stopped one of the performers, Saira, 29, after work.
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Playful, friendly but never flirty, she emphasises each word with a pink ostrich feather in her hand. She introduces herself and then poses twice for each picture. First full frontal, hand on hip, head tilted, no smile. Then a degree turn, looking over her shoulder defiantly into the camera. In her underwear, she strides across Times Square painted as an American flag as if it were her living room. All at once, Saira is reclaiming her own body and her city. Not long ago, the mecca of American tourism was populated by sex workers, transvestites, drug addicts and petty criminals, rather than middle-class tourists.
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Travelling to NYC mid December for 5 nights with extended family. Due to a teen in our group with additional intellectual needs we just would prefer to avoid this at all costs,. We had booked it under the illusion we would be experiencing a magical build up to Christmas and now we are starting to regret this. Have one of the adults scope out the area first.
One Saturday afternoon this past winter, when my family and I were having lunch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a ritual viewing of mummies and armor with our 5-year-old son, I noticed a young man a few tables away staring at us. He had a notebook and began to sketch; he drew intensely and quickly. I was flattered and vaguely unsettled; he looked like someone in a Todd Solondz movie perhaps up to something not entirely sane. When we got up to leave, he followed us, continuing to draw as he kept pace.