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
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.