10 People You'll Only See in New York City

Eric Larson
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Naked Cowboy

Ah, New York.

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Like all major cities, the Big Apple has its own share of unique and iconic places: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and many more.

But also iconic to New York are the people who live here. Maybe it's the large, diverse population of different cultures packed so tightly together -- or maybe it's just something in the water. Whatever the case, there's nothing quite like walking through the streets of Gotham.

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(Really, where else can you take a casual stroll with a family of brightly colored rats on your shoulders and barely get a second glance?)

We've compiled a list of some of the people exclusive enough to only be seen here. Browse through the gallery below to see our collection of the top 10.

Naked Cowboy

Well, nearly-naked cowboy is more like it. Donning a cowboy hat, boots, briefs and one strategically placed guitar, Robert John Burck can almost always be seen in Times Square strumming his six-string and waving to tourists. He's stuck his nearly-naked foot in politics, too: In 2009, he challenged New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the election. The following year, he announced he was challenging President Barrack Obama in the 2012 election as a GOP candidate. He withdrew from both races shortly after entering. Image courtesy of Flickr, Diego Lopez

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Also, be sure to check out the blog Humans of New York for daily photos about people in the city.

Anybody we should have included? Let us know in the comments!

Image courtesy of Flickr, Trodel

This story originally published on Mashable here.