The Barking Leather Vendors of Orchard Street [Video]
With the clank and boom of each hammer stroke at the new Allen Street Hotel site, the future of the Sunday pedestrian mall comes further into focus. And it’s not pretty. The block between Delancey and Rivington truly is the last bastion of a dying breed in the neighborhood – the discount leather vendors. What was once a thriving open market each week has been decimated by the hand of hotels and demolition further up the block.
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In this tiny area, barkers can still be heard chasing a sale or arguing with the nearby competition. Sometimes their interactions are downright hysterical. Other times, borderline harassment.