The GuardianIf passed, a new bill will offer 4,000 permits over a decade. Read this article from The Guardian which shares the voices of street vendors in SVP like Walid Abdelwahab.
NY TimesMatthew Shapiro, the legal director of the SVP speaks with the New York Times about the impact of new health grades for street vendors. A cart or truck “is a much smaller space, with limited refrigeration and hot holding areas, and a potable water tank instead of water from the building,” he said. “I am not saying it is easy to run a restaurant, but vendors have unique challenges, while still being held to the same standard.”
Our three-month investigation reveals that aggressive enforcement has driven vendors out of business, diminished the market, and curbed access to healthy food for Chinatown residents.
Vendor Power! decodes the rules and regulations for New York’s 10,000 street vendors so they can understand their rights, avoid fines, and earn an honest living. Did you know you can get a $1,000 ticket for parking more than 18 inches from the curb? It doubles as a poster on the rich landscape and history of vending in the City.
Throughout this report we ask the fundamental question that anyone familiar with the proud history of vending in NYC cannot possibly ignore: is vending still a viable way of achieving the American Dream? We hope this report will serve as a starting point for dialogue about vendors, how they contribute to NY and what we must do to ensure they are forever part of our city.