Read our memo in support of the Street Vendor Opportunity Bill that returns to vendors the chance for upward economic mobility and creates a powerful engine for growth reverberating into every corner and every neighborhood of NYC's economy
ViceRead this Vice article about how SVP amplified the voice of Wahede Whab and advocated for him with a rally when bike racks and planters were placed in his family's fruit stand spot of 35 years
Midtown food cart operators say 34th Street Partnership is using planters, benches to force them out
AM New YorkAmNewYork on SVP's advocacy for 31st and 32nd St. food carts, who have been pushed out by the 34th Street Partnership's use of planters and benches.
Curbed“We realize that there’s lots of competition for public space in New York. Street vendors should be part of that,” says Matthew Shapiro, the legal director for the Street Vendor Project. “They should be part of the discussion whenever the city wants to put news stands or way-finding signs or planters or bike racks—these are all important, but vendors are also important, and they need to be a part of that discussion.”
Gothamist"Given the current climate of immigration in this city, we were worried about any additional incursions into vendors’ privacy, especially their locations in a public space.”- Shapiro of SVP. After SVP and other street vendor advocates voiced their concerns about new health grades to the Health Department, the NYCHD instilled protections to ensure that no street vendor's privacy could be compromised in the process.
On one Saturday each month, a group of SVP volunteers get together to walk the streets and do outreach and recruitment. Apart from Saturday outreach, our teams of volunteers, students, interns and others help planning meetings, shooting videos, making phone calls, writing legal briefs, and doing all kinds of other stuff.
ViceRead this Vice article about how SVP amplified the voice of Wahed Whab when the city tried to take away his fruit stand spot, which his family has used for more than 35 years.