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Unlicensed Street Vendors Return As New York City Reopens, Angering Some Business Owners – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As New York City reopens, tourism is slowly returning, but so are unlicensed street vendors.

Some people in Chinatown and SoHo say the so-called fake bag bonanza is taking over their neighborhoods in a way they’ve never seen before.

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Tourist Felicia Waller, from North Carolina, showed CBS2’s Lisa Rozner the bogus bling she picked up on Canal Street near Broadway — a Rolex watch for $60 and a Louis Vuitton wristlet for $40.

“They kinda bombard you and try to get you to buy,” Waller said.

“We got some Louis Vuitton, and some, I think we got a Gucci purse or something,” said Kevin Willis, who is visiting from Jamaica. “We’re looking more for affordability.”

The pickup in tourism is harmonious with what locals say is a pickup in peddlers, who scrammed as soon as CBS2’s cameras showed…

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