Opportunities for employment in New York are the worst since the depression in the 1930's.?
Opportunities for employment in New York are the worst since the depression in the 1930's. This summer the problem has become acute, with a fresh influx of job-seekers recently graduated from universities. Added to this is the number of teachers and students unable to find summer employment--increasing the already long list of unemployed.
One way out of the joblessness, as many teachers and other university graduates are finding, is to become a peddler of assorted wares on the streets of New York. In the central business district of mid-town Manhattan one can buy--without setting foot in a store--handmade belts, plastic flowers, jewellery, fruits and vegetables, and custom-made photo buttons. The peddlers, perhaps some of the most highly educated ever to take up the trade, find that their only enemy is the police. Peddlers are required to be licensed, but even then are restricted to certain areas of the city.
VISNEWS cameraman Lee On Wing filmed this report on the new peddler boom in New York. It seems that no mid-town street is without the new breed of peddlers--young, casual, good-humoured and mobile.
SYNOPSIS: Saint Patrick's Cathedral in mid-town New York--one of the more popular locations for the new breed of street peddlers. Recent university graduates, as well as teachers and students, are finding that opportunities for employment in New York this summer are the worst in years. One result is that the city's streets are in the midst of a peddler boom.
Leona Faber is peddling for the first time in her life. A school teacher, she was unable to find any other summer employment to supplement her teaching income. The main worry for these peddlers is possible arrest by the police. The mid-town area is virtually forbidden territory, but more of ten than not the police simply tell the peddlers to move on.
Despite the police, virtually no mid-town street is without it share of peddlers. Without ever setting foot in a store, it is possible to purchase real and plastic flowers, jewellery, handmade belts, custom-made photo buttons, health foods, paintings, and advice on religion and life.
Store owners complain that the peddlers take away their business, and often must call the police several times a day to have them moved along. Most of the peddlers, however, move to several locations a day, in order to avoid a possible confrontation and arrest. The peddlers say they can make a decent living at their work, but the hours are long--often fourteen hours a day. Perhaps the most highly educated people to take up this street trade, they hope that the recession will ease soon. For most, the end of summer will bring an end to their lucrative tourist business.