Unlicensed Vendors In The Bronx Accused Of Taking Over Sidewalks, Taking Business Away From Stores – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A battle for business is heating up in the Bronx where unlicensed vendors are being accused of taking over sidewalks, bus stops and even crosswalks.

The vendors say they’re desperate to make a living, but businesses say it’s making it impossible for them to make money.

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Tax-free masks, jewelry, soaps and even toothpaste — it’s all available from vendors who take up the sidewalk along Fordham Road near the Grand Concourse.

Some have even taken over bus stops.

“When you add counterfeit of goods, you add Three-card Montes,” said Wilma Alonso, executive director of the Fordham Road Business Improvement District.

In June, police say there was even a shooting in the area stemming from a dispute with a vendor, and someone not involved was hit in the arm.

Alonso says there are 230 storefronts, but in the last few weeks, she…

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