In front of the NYU Business School (Stern) there is always an assortment of homeless people and hustlers.
They run the usual scams, from begging to hardship stories to vague threats. I think the trick is to act like you know where you're going. Another good tip is avoid eye contact. A lot of times hustlers are staring at you hoping you'll make eye contact, once you do you're psychologically telling them that it's okay to approach you.
Most of the stories involve how the scammer is drug-free but needs money to eat, or carrying an empty gas can and telling you they ran out of gas on 6th Ave. Above all, avoid eye contact and keep your valuables close to you and wallets in your front pocket.
A great place for a tourist to put a wallet is in the shirt pocket, that way a pickpocket has to confront you head on to get it and they won't bother. They're cunning but they're not stupid. Hustlers feed on the weak, be strong!
People have told me that this area is full of homosexual and more called gays. I dont have naything against them at all, but I just want to warm other people, that if they dont like them... Stay out from this area then.
New York pimps can usually be spotted by their flamboyant dress. It's not unusual to see one of these 'gentlemen' wearing blue Gucci loafers, Armani suits and pink fuzzy Kangol hats. Unless you plan on doing business with them...I'd advise you to steer clear of these brightly-dressed hustlers.
I spotted this pimp outside of Le Figaro. A very famous Village establishment frequented by Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and Dylan Thomas.