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BRIEF: Jennifer Lopez fans turned away from free Orchard Beach concert

June 4, 2014

By Noelani Montero and Dan Rivoli, amNewYork, New York



June 04--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.

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