A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Costumed Performers of Times Square

The New York Times recently published a fascinating article and video about the various Elmos, Spider-Mans, and other costumed performers that now proliferate in Manhattan’s Time Square. As the article notes, many of the performers are immigrants, and a significant number of them live in Passaic, New Jersey:

“Next door there are five Elmos,” said Miguel Lezama, a 27-year-old Mexican, as he stood in the kitchen of a small apartment in Passaic that he shares with two other immigrants. He pointed in another direction: “On that side, a Cookie Monster and a Minnie. In front, a Winnie-the-Pooh and a Minnie. Up on Main Avenue, there are lots more.” He paused. “I live with a Cookie Monster.”

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Costumed Performers of Times Square

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Costumed Performers of Times Square

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Costumed Performers of Times Square

photos by Damon Winter/The New York Times

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