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Losing battle for NYC streets: Goodwin

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It’s an observation that defines an entire misbegotten era in New York. It comes from Marko Majic, head of business development for City Jeans on East Fordham Road in The Bronx.

“It looks like a bazaar in Istanbul,” he told The Post. “The only difference is in Istanbul it’s legal and organized and here it is illegal and unorganized.”

Majic was talking about the explosion of street vendors in his neighborhood who hawk an endless array of products and even set up three-card monte games. One official counted 242 vendors in an area that has 230 storefronts.

The numbers are equivalent, but the vendors are winning the war. And not just on East Fordham Road.

For months, The Post has documented the explosion of unlicensed vendors and peddlers taking over streets in neighborhood after neighborhood. The sidewalks along Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park and Flushing’s Main Street have been jammed cheek-to-jowl with racks and tables holding knock-off handbags, food, pottery, clothing, cosmetics, water and electronics.

In East New York, sex is openly for sale after dark as hookers prowl an industrial stretch, with johns lining up in cars and trucks as pimps keep an eye on the transactions.

The products are different, but the problems are similar — and so is the genesis. The progressive assault on law enforcement and decent public behavior did not end with the last cries of the defund-the-police movement.

A trickle-down impact is a lowering of the bar on personal conduct, allowing rampant disorder to occupy public spaces. Business is thriving in East New York because prosecutors have pulled back enforcement of prostitution.

The public use of drugs is no longer taboo, and so junkies shoot up and pass out in parks, most notoriously in Washington Square Park, driving local families........

© New York Post

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