Data Drop: NYPD Issued Majority of Street Vending Tickets in 2022

2023-03-13T18:56:28-04:00March 8th, 2023|

City Limits

"Mohamed Attia, director of the Street Vendor Project, said increased enforcement threatens vendors’ livelihoods, both in the costs of the fines themselves, which can run as much as $1,000, and the disruptions to their workday. “That impacts their lives,” Attia said."

Adams Defends Police for Handcuffing Vendor Who Sold Mangoes in Subway

2022-05-18T19:35:15-04:00May 9th, 2022|

New York Times

"The city has for years capped the number of mobile food vending permits at 2,900...“Everybody operating without one of these permits is sadly considered a criminal and being treated as one by the N.Y.P.D. and by the other agencies,” said Mohamed Attia, managing director of the Street Vendor Project."

Three Kings Day celebrated with gift at Corona Plaza

2022-01-24T15:00:56-05:00January 11th, 2022|


'"Various community organizations have come together to host a Three Kings Day giveaway on Thursday, January 6 at Corona Plaza for the second year in a row. Organizations like QEDC, Queens Museum, the Street Vendor Project and other organizations graced the party with this event, while also hoping to slowly revamp Corona Plaza.”

Once Upon a Pandemic, NYC Stopped Antagonizing Street Vendors

2021-09-13T13:44:46-04:00August 30th, 2021|

Next City

“Some would move, others wouldn’t,” Vivar says. “Trash was being left out, people were fighting among each other. We started going around to talk to people about the Street Vendor Project, about what was going on. One day I had proposed a meeting and we talked to three or four other longtime vendors and brought everyone together.”

Op-Ed: Leave NYC’s street vendors alone: Stop criminalizing poverty, Mayor de Blasio

2021-07-26T13:05:47-04:00July 24th, 2021|

NY Daily News

Can you do the impossible? If not, you should not survive, or even exist! That’s what the city is effectively saying to street vendors with its decision to send the NYPD to force street vendors to close in the Bronx, the borough with the highest unemployment rate of any county in the state last year. Hundreds of fellow New Yorkers have turned to street vending to survive the past year, becoming entrepreneurs in a difficult time. Street vendors are primarily immigrants, people of color, military veterans — exactly the New Yorkers who need our city’s support right now.

Letter: City, state reps. demand mayor remove NYPD from street vending

2021-07-26T13:08:07-04:00July 23rd, 2021|

Bronx Times

For too long, street vendors have been treated like criminals by police, when in reality these are small businesses run primarily by immigrants, women and people of color, that feed our communities, contribute to the local economy, and enrich the culture of our city. Like other small businesses, vendors have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are appalled by your decision to send the New York Police Department to harass the hard working entrepreneurs on Fordham Road on Wednesday, July 21,

Queens electeds slam de Blasio’s vendor crackdown

2021-07-26T13:03:23-04:00July 23rd, 2021|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Street vendors have long played an important role in our city, yet a broken vending system has forced most to operate without a license, then criminalized them for trying to make a living,” the Street Vendor Project, who signed onto the letter, tweeted.

Mayor Defends NYPD’s Decision To Eject Unlicensed Street Vendors, Following Sweep In The Bronx

2021-07-26T13:01:29-04:00July 23rd, 2021|


According to the Street Vending Project, active general street vendor permits are capped at 853 for all five boroughs. That number has been in place since the 1980s, and the waiting list is comprised of thousands of prospective vendors. While there is no cap in the number of food vending permits, the only way to obtain a license is through an online course that's made available only in English, effectively cutting out non-English speaking New Yorkers hoping to get a permit.

Nonprofit Raises Over $167K to Help NY’s Struggling Street Food Vendors Feed the Hungry

2021-05-26T13:29:42-04:00May 25th, 2021|

Yahoo News

The Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that supports New York’s marginalized groups through advocacy and legal representation, has been actively helping street food vendors get back on their feet while also feeding the hungry through its Street Vendor Project.