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  • Desnudas, topless Times Square women, spark debate over street performers

    When the bare breasts come out in Manhattan's carnivalesque Times Square, the reactions never fail.

    Tourists gawk. Necks crane. Smartphone cameras snap away.

    But one response the "painted-lady" entertainers of New York didn't expect? A debate about whether their semi-nude solicitations for tips might imperil the city's most popular pedestrian thoroughfare.

    Following an outcry this summer over the women's stark appearances as well as complaints about harassment by costumed characters, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently proposed ripping up the Times Square plazas, which are frequented by an estimated 400,000 pedestrians a day.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/desnuda...mers-1.3214571
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