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New York City police offers are cracking down on the Diamond District's street-side hawkers, according to the New York Post. The hawkers approach customers on the sidewalk and offer them improbable prices on gold jewelry. Often, they work for themselves, though sometimes they're employed on commission by smaller shop owners. Local merchants say they're getting in the way of legitimate Diamond District business, not to mention scaring tourists, who aren't used to being approached so aggressively on the street.
To combat the problem, the NYPD plans to arrest hawkers who go after drivers on 47th Street, citing them for blocking vehicular traffic. It's an approach that should make some long-time New Yorkers nostalgic, since it reflects the way the city dealt with squeegee men in the 1980s
· NYPD cracking down on aggressive Diamond District 'hawkers' [NYP]