Mayor Bloomberg Names Muppets As City Ambassadors

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the Muppets as New York City's official "Family Ambassadors" Friday in a press conference in Times Square.

For the next year, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang will encourage families to travel to the Big Apple by highlighting the city's family-friendly restaurants, parks and attractions.

The city saw 15 million family visitors in 2011, according the tourism and marketing arm NYC and Company.

Perhaps the most recognizable of Jim Henson's creations, Kermit the Frog, told reporters that he plans to hang out in the pond in Central Park, while his high-maintenance longtime beau, Miss Piggy, said she prefers to shop at Tiffany's.

Bloomberg was also joined by Gonzo the Great and Pepe the King Prawn.

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