The 1,300 cop city council (which they will forever be known as) yesterday proposed changes to New York's wildly abusive treatment of street vendors. Since 1983, there the city has capped the number of permits required to legally sell on the street.
Street vendors have always been in the crosshairs of the Broken Windows theory of policing. When the disorder-busting approach
For 30 years, I've been fascinated by all the goofy gimmicks sold by immigrants on the streets of Europe. The flaming Manneken-Pis cigarette lighters, the "How many more minutes of George W. Bush's presidency are left?" digital countdown clocks, the fluorescent launchers, the click-clack crickets, the selfie sticks.
The Street Vendor Project provides legal representation, loans, training and support to thousands of vendors in New York City and is part of the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.
Above all else, Chicago's vote to legalize food carts is a victory for the entrepreneur -- street vending is one of the most affordable ways to enter the food industry.
This year's first official Puerto Rican day parade and festival looks to be the start of something big in Sunset Park. Not only has the neighborhood shown a resilience to standing up to police brutality, organizers are angling to stay one step ahead of the cops by building community networks.
You can't just buy an old ice cream truck, toss a George Foreman grill inside, and start selling burgers by the beach.
With the cold weather upon us, I have been thinking about the day I sold Street Sense, Washington's homeless newspaper.
Vendors are ready for a new relationship with City Hall. And de Blasio has already shown he is willing to sit down with regular folks and listen to their thoughts and ideas. I know that vendors are eager to share with the Mayor-elect their vision for the city.
Last Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a bil that halves the fines that can be levied on vendors. Because of this victory thousands of new immigrants who enrich our city can go to work secure in the knowledge they'll be able to feed their families.