For Some Vendors, Fears Over New Street Restrictions
For Ronald Johnson, flush times are about to end. Next week, when the State Legislature is expected to pass a law limiting the access of street vendors to certain areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, Mr. Johnson says he will head to Brooklyn, where his $3 ''I Love New York'' T-shirts will surely be less popular than they are now with the tourists at his table outside MTV headquarters in Times Square. After partisan squabbling initially delayed the new law, state and city officials reached an agreement on Thursday on a bill to keep vendors off certain streets in Manhattan. Legislators expect it to pass sometime next week, helping to thin a throng of peddlers who have poured into Manhattan streets since old restrictions lapsed nearly a year ago.