A stark reminder of New York City’s bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday [December 25], as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue.
An army of the shady gamblers — offering both crooked card and shell games — set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie. . . .
On Thursday, The Post spotted six crews dealing the rigged games. When a reporter got too close to one of the operators in the middle of a round of cards, his thuggish partner threw a hard elbow as a signal to get back.
When asked about the game, none of the dealers would talk. One just said that “business is good.”
Of course it is. Nearly 800,000 residents voted for Bill de Blasio in 2013 — so clearly suckers abound.