he struck me as one. It was on 5th ave but I didn't see any wife or 4 kids hanging out. And while I didn't see a cup for jingling, he did have money in his hands, but I don't think it was a "come have a chat and this money is yours" type of thing. And he was there for at least 20 mins. Also, no legs. And the whole manicure thing.
all of these tend to have the symptoms of a begger, but I agree that otherwise I probably wouldn't have guessed.