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Are squeegee men back in New York City?

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - During his tenure as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani referred to the men wiping down the windshields of drivers' vehicles at red lights and intersections as a "menace" to society. He made it part of his agenda to root them out.

Decades later, those squeegee men-- who get their name from the scraping tool they use-- appear to have made a come back.

The NY Post  spoke to a man and posted his photo as he wiped down a windshield using glass cleaner and a newspaper at E. 37th St. and Lexington Ave.

When asked by the paper why he was doing it, the man said it was "a couple of days' work. About 14 bucks."

Squeegees were a common sight in New York City and many got a bad rap after some were accused of damaging vehicles when the driver didn't pay up for the unsolicited 'service.'

The men have reportedly been spotted lately outside the southbound exit of the Lincoln Tunnel, Queens Plaza and Queensboro bridge.

This time around squeegees appear to be using glass cleaner solution. Back in the day, the men often used a squeegee dipped in a bucket of water.

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