The end of an era is approaching on Wall Street, where the number of humans who work the trading floors is dwindling. And although NYSE CEO John Thain said that there would always be a need for specialists on the exchange, no one expects to see a return to the teeming pits of yesterday. And perhaps the people most likely to be hurt by the change are the small merchants in Wall Street. "Machines and computers don't eat and drink," one bar owner said.
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