Every day, small shop owners from Africa and Latin America fly into New York with wads of cash and empty suitcases. As Robert Smith reports today, their destination is zip code 10001 in Manhattan, home to a cluster of wholesale stores selling a quirky mix of decently made goods at cheap prices.
These stores are no frills and specialize in everything from rubber ducks to skin-lightening cream and hair extensions. Almost all of it is imported from Asia. We walked around to find out what people are buying in bulk and where they're taking it back to.
Store: Sun Ben Trading, 1225 Broadway
Export Destinations: Columbia, Puerto Rico, Africa, Jamaica
Store: New York Mac Sun Corp., 114 West 27th St.
Price: $9/ half dozen
Export Destination: Caribbean
Store: Manhattan Hair, 17 West 29th St.
Export Destinations: Senegal, France
Store: Dynex Watch, 1200 Broadway Front 1
Export Destination: Dominican Republic
Store: Manhattan Worldwide Inc., 1200 Broadway
Export Destinations: Colombia, Mexico, Honduras
Store: Jing's Fashion Inc., 142 West 29th St.
Export Destination: Mexico
Store: Hwa Mei Trading Inc., 1205 Broadway #3
Export Destination: Nigeria
For More: Listen to "Why New York Is A Hub In The Global Trinket Trade."