Topless Women at Times Square – level 3

03-08-2017 07:00

Buskers dressed as Spider Man or Mickey Mouse have become synonymous with Times Square, in New York, USA. However, things have been ‘hotting up’ at one of the most famous landmarks in the Big Apple with the arrival of topless women plying the photo op trade.

Tempers flared over the tactics of the woman performers in the past until New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that enough was enough. Many visitors think that buskers should be allowed to stay at Times Square, with one person saying that it is part of the New York experience, and another person pointing out that it is cool to take a photograph with Iron Man at Times Square.

When it comes to the issue of nudity, though, some say that it is a problem that needs to be covered up.

Difficult words: busker (a person who does something in the street to make some money), synonymous (known for the same thing), the Big Apple (a name for New York), ply (to try), photo op (photo opportunity; when famous people pose for photographers), tempers flare (people get angry),  cover up (this is a pun – it means that the women should wear clothing and it means that people should not do it).

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