Brooklyn Flea Not Behind Stoop-Sale Crackdown

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When an apparent rash of stoop-sale busts swept Eastern Brooklyn, locals already suspicious of the mighty Brooklyn Flea immediately assumed the young market was behind the effort, elbowing out competitors at all cost. But the Times' Local blog investigated, and reports (with the help of Jonathan Butler of Brownstoner) that the police are only targeting non-resident, non-licensed vendors who set up tables outside the Flea hoping to get in on the action. So, Brooklynites, please feel free to return to your regularly scheduled, recession-based housecleaning. Just don't expect us to buy all those VHS tapes; we already sold our VCR in our own stoop sale. [Local/NYT]