Nov. 11, 2013 Of all the patches that make up the quilt that is vending in NYC,...
Oct. 19, 2013 Remember what we wrote a couple weeks ago about vendors and...
Oct. 2, 2013 Because vendors are often accused of peccadillos like vending from...
June 13, 2013 People still ask, “the Vendy Awards – that’s you...
Nov. 11, 2013
Of all the patches that make up the quilt that is vending in NYC, veterans are one of the most beautiful. U.S. military vets have been granted a special license under New York State Law since the 1890s, when it was discovered that vending provides a flexible means of self-employment, especially for the disabled. In other words, after serving our country, the least we can give you is the right to set up a table on the public sidewalk!
 
Oct. 19, 2013
Remember what we wrote a couple weeks ago about vendors and videotaping the police? Well, one brave ice cream vendor did capture his encounter this summer with an especially rude NYPD officer. It’s pretty powerful.
 
Oct. 2, 2013
Because vendors are often accused of peccadillos like vending from a table an inch too high, we train our members every day in how to make photos or videos of their interactions with police. That’s often the only way the tickets will get dismissed. And it’s not just us -  there is a whole CopWatch movement that aims to record police actions and thereby hold them accountable.
 
June 13, 2013
People still ask, “the Vendy Awards – that’s you guys?” Heck yes. Who else was promoting mobile vendors years before the Kogi truck was even a vision in Roy Choi’s head? SVP started the Vendys in 2005 to demonstrate that some of the best chefs in the world work on the street. After years of growth, the event now funds much of our yearly budget. And if that was not enough, the Vendys have become a vehicle for us to collaborate with vendor groups across the country.
 
Recently, the NYC Department of Transportation has unveiled an exciting new “bike share” program, similar to those that have been successful in Washington DC, Paris, and other cities. This is exciting for street vendors — anything that makes the sidewalks safer and the air cleaner is good for vendors, who have to breathe car exhaust and diesel fumes all day.
 
May 9, 2013
Victory does not come easy. But perseverance pays off. After years of fighting against Mayor Bloomberg and his $1,000 fines on hard-working street vendors, we won. By a final City Council vote of 44-3, the maximum vendor fine for minor offenses was reduced to $500. Lesser fines will also decrease, since the city will now penalize as repeat offenders only those who repeat the same offense.
 

May 3, 2013

Feb.21, 2013

Big, big news! Today we got word that Speaker Christine Quinn, who we have been pestering forever to call a vote on our bills to lower the $1,000 tickets, is ready to do so! And in fact she herself is now supporting our cause, making it very likely that the bills will be voted into law next week. After more than five years of work, and more than two years of legislative advocacy, we are getting very close to victory.

Feb. 2, 2103

Help Sully Garzon pay her $1,000 ticket!

When: Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 7 – 9 pm
Where: Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
$10 gets you all-the-tamales-you-can-eat. $4 craft beer specials. All proceeds go to Sully.

Jan. 2, 2013.

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