Times square's lonesome 'naked cowboy' still playing his tunes
By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail. New York City 's iconic busker The Naked Cowboy was seen ignoring concerns over the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday to carry on entertaining an almost empty Times Square.
It was business as usual for the performer, except for him being a little less naked - having added a protective face mask to his ature barely-there attire. The Naked Cowboy, aka Robert John Burck, was pictured wearing the mask while posing for a photo with a fan on Tuesday.
Neither Burck nor the woman - who wasn't wearing a mask - seemed too concerned about social distancing as the half-naked performer picked her up in his arms. New York City's iconic busker The Naked Cowboy was seen ignoring concerns over the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, picking up a fan and posing for a photo in an almost empty Times Square.
The busker, aka Robert John Burck, has added a mask to his barely-there outfit but other than that it's business as usual. The show must go on!
Nyc's iconic naked cowboy ignores the coronavirus to entertain a near empty times square in a mask
The Ohio native has kept performing in Times Square despite the usually bustling area falling silent this week with bars and restaurants closing and people social distancing. The Ohio native has been drawing in the crowds for more than two decades with his iconic outfit choice of cowboy hat, boots and tiny white briefs with 'Naked cowboy' painted on.
He started out busking in at Venice Beach, California, before moving to his regular spot in Times Square the following year. Come rain or shine, days a year, the busker braves the elements to sing and play guitar and is now one of New York's biggest tourist attractions. The Naked Cowboy has been drawing in the crowds for more than two decades with his iconic outfit choice of cowboy hat, boots and tiny white briefs with 'Naked cowboy' painted on.
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He plays to crowds outside Trump Tower in October: He started out busking in at Venice Beach, California, before moving to his regular spot in Times Square the following year. And he is clearly not about to let a little thing like a global pandemic stand in the way of him performing.
However, it's unlikely he will be drawing in big crowds for some time, as New York officials rolled out new measures this week to try to slow the spread of coronavirus. The city that never sleeps turned into a ghost town on Monday night as all cafe, bars, restaurants and movie theaters shuttered from 8pm, after officials ordered the ban in a desperate effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
A nearly empty Times Square is pictured Tuesday: The city that never sleeps turned into a ghost town from Monday night as all cafe, bars, restaurants and movie theaters shuttered.
Under New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio executive order, the normally lively bars and restaurants are now restricted to take-out and delivery only for 'as long as necessary' along with casinos, gyms and movie theaters. The usually bustling Times Square has been almost deserted of tourists and residents as establishments shut up shop for the foreseeable future and people were told to practice social distancing. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo insisted Wednesday that the city will not go into total lockdown, but introduced a new order that employers keep 50 per cent of their workers at home.
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He also announced that a hospital ship, The Comfort, will be sent to New York City to help the cope with the rising of cases. As of Wednesday morning, 2, people had tested positive in New York State, up more than since Tuesday.
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