Inside many restaurants along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, roving vendors descending on diners offering pirated movies are becoming a common sight. Their wares range from films rated G through XXX, as well as compact discs of Mexican, Colombian and Caribbean musical stars.
Tempting Diners in Queens With a Pirated ‘El Cantante’
This free-wheeling — and totally illegal — market in many immigrant neighborhoods combines old-country street-vending with big city, high-tech larceny. The quality ranges from crisp and clear copies made during the movie’s editing process, to fuzzy and flickering versions taped in a theater (and complete with laugh tracks and bobbing silhouettes of people on popcorn runs).
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