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Muppets are NYC's new family-friendly ambassadors


March 20, 2012: Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Rich Ross, left, and the children of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, Lisa Henson, CEO, and Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Co. (AP)


Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are Mayor Michael Bloomberg's newest allies in his mission to attract more visitors to New York City.

The Muppets joined Bloomberg on Friday as he announced that Jim Henson's lovable creations are the city's official "Family Ambassadors."

The whole gang will encourage families to travel to the Big Apple. They'll highlight the city's family-friendly restaurants, parks and other attractions.

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

Kermit told reporters that he plans to hang out in the pond in Central Park. But Miss Piggy says she prefers shopping at Tiffany's.

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