Shops, residents of NYC’s Soho up in arms over street gambling


On Saturday afternoon, Soho shoppers began their Christmas sprees ducking in and out of Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent and Loewe. But a more sinister group was eager to entice them to spend their money.

Set up between Greene Street’s Patagonia and the luxe streetwear store Amiri and across from Alexander McQueen, a man dressed in tight white jeans and a shirt with the Dior logo proffered a felt-topped rectangular surface in one hand. With the other, he quickly shuffled around three plastic bottle caps. Underneath one was a pebble-sized plastic ball — an efficient, micro spin on the age-old shell game.

And well-heeled retailers and loft dwellers on the famous cobblestoned street are up in arms over it — saying the well-organized illegal game, complete with shills and lookouts, has brought a sometimes violent seediness to this cobblestoned street.


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