The Brooklyn Bridge has turned into a place where there is disorder and unlawful vending. There are sellers selling a wide range of products, such as tiny Statues of Liberty, pot-leaf headgear, and even illicit drinks or picture ops with real snakes. Since the city relocated bikes to a protected lane on the highway of the bridge two years ago, this issue has become much worse. Legal merchants have also found it difficult to compete with these illicit dealers, which has resulted in confrontations and a decrease in sales for licensed vendors.
Concerns regarding public health and safety, as well as worries about the iconic position of the Brooklyn Bridge, have been brought on by the proliferation of unlicensed sellers on the bridge. The function of the bridge is said to be undermined because of the presence of merchants, who also contribute to traffic. The Sanitation Department of the city has issued summonses in an effort to clamp down on unlawful selling, yet the issue continues to exist despite their efforts.
There have been efforts made to establish a law that would prohibit any and all vending on the city’s bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge. This rule would apply to all of the city’s bridges. The persistent problems with unlawful selling and pedestrian traffic are the motivation for this planned ban’s introduction. However, the timing of such a prohibition and the manner in which it would be carried out are not yet known.
The Brooklyn Bridge, which was finished in 1883 and is now a historic monument and an iconic symbol of New York City, is in danger of losing both its image and its function as a result of the turmoil generated by unlawful selling.