NY aims to regulate costumed characters with new pedestrian zones

NEW YORK (NBC) - Visitors to New York City might notice a major change in Times Square.

The city is installing pedestrian flow zones in an effort to regulate costumed characters.

The eight blue areas designate where performers will be allowed to ask for money, and where they can take pictures with tourists.

The new law restricts characters’ movements to keep them from blocking pedestrians in the square.

It also gives the Department of Transportation control over pedestrian plazas throughout the city.

At least one Elvis impersonator isn’t happy with the decision and says it’s a violation of freedom of speech.

Over 39 million people from around the world visit Times Square each year.