Squeegee men - the window-washing bane of city streets who became a symbol of Big Apple blight and a top target in former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's crusade to crack down on quality-of-life nuisances in the 1990s - are making a comeback.
During the past three months, a quartet of squeegee men have been mopping windshields at 45th Street and 11th Avenue, an intersection used by drivers heading into the Lincoln Tunnel and onto the West Side Highway.
"When the traffic light turns red, they go over and start cleaning for money," said Samuel Blankson, the manager of Park Right, a lot near the corner. "Some people have gotten p---ed off. People see it as harassment."
Once the epitome of urban nuisances, squeegee men ply an aggressive trade of unsolicited windshield wipes in exchange for tips from drivers. Often, the unclean squeegees leave windows dirtier than they were.