Vendors on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge who have been hawking their wares for years bemoaned on Tuesday the imminent loss of their livelihoods.
As hundreds of tourists pounded the concrete leading up the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the vendors selling everything from clothing, keychains, and artwork appeared sullen — and with good reason. In less than 24 hours, under city orders, they will be forced to pack up their products and fold up their tables — their futures uncertain.
City Hall announced the move on Dec. 29, 2023, giving the vendors on the Manhattan landing of the span, just steps away from City Hall, less than five calendar days to prepare. According to published reports, the city says the assortment of vendors has become something of an impromptu bazaar, taking up limited sidewalk space and causing congestion for pedestrians heading to and back from the Brooklyn Bridge.