Jennifer Lopez’s free concert at Orchard Beach brought out fans, street hawkers and scalpers.
Crowds gathered at the Pelham Bay Park No. 6 train stop, where a special bus was shuttling concert-goers with printed tickets to see the Bronx-born singer perform. Fans unaware that they needed a physical ticket couldn’t board.
“It’s sad that a lot of people who came had to be turned away,” said Hubert Headen, a 36-year-old vendor from the Lower East Side who was peddling posters and T-shirts.
Several tried to turn the misfortune into a quick buck.
“This is the first time I ever tried doing this. Things are rough,” said Vinny, a 26-year-old scalper who declined to give his last name. He was trying to unload six printed tickets for $400.
The show was slated to begin at 8:30 p.m., with an expected attendance of 25,000. Neeye Fall, 34, of Soundview, said she had been excited that she and her 15-year-old daughter would get to see Lopez near her old stomping grounds. “We were supposed to go but we didn’t know we needed a ticket,” Fall said.