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Staking the Future on a Stretch of Sidewalk in Brooklyn

Immigrant street vendors have been setting up shop on Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park for decades. A pecking order loosely allocates the spaces, but the setup is not worry free.

From New York Times: 

On a recent Sunday, Oliver Hernandez jumped out of the van driven by his partner. It was 6 a.m. The mom-and-pop shops along Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, were shuttered.

A few folding tables were chained to street signs. A chair was tucked behind a gate.

“I am the first one,” Mr. Hernandez, 41, said. “Most vendors come at 8.”

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