Only in New York kids. I've seen this gent occasionally... you can't miss him. For only a "dollar or two" you can snap away. His wife works with him to collect the cash. He does take offense to picture snapping without the small donation, one man took his picture from a distance and with eagle-eyes he was picked out, muttering under his breath, "some people are just assholes".
Surprisingly, this wasn't as easy as putting the cat on his head and it staying put. To illustrate, he put the feline down on the ground, said something, the cat in one continuous move jumped on his hip and then to the top of his head where he had the best perch on Broadway.
Hey, times are tough- anything to make a buck (or two).