(Lauren Evans) Lower Manhattan street vendors today became the latest addition to a growing list of Citi Bike detractors, claiming that racks installed on the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan have displaced their food carts and are threatening their livelihoods.
A group of nearly two dozen vendors gathered today at the edge of the plaza in front of Brown Brothers Harriman, just across from Zucotti Park, to protest what they consider a sudden and hostile takeover by Citi Bike racks, which overnight appeared squarely on the space in which they usually hawk lunch to the the area's many office dwellers.
"On Friday we leave, and it was still OK," said Doris Yao, who has sold dumplings and noodles in the plaza for the past three years. "On Monday when we came in, suddenly everything was occupied."
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