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Street Vendors

Creepy Goop-Face Souvenirs in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 10.29.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

There were souvenir hustlers everywhere I looked. Each year, there's a silly new street-trinket hit sold all over town. Cheap little tripods have long been popular, but now the street hustlers have shifted their focus to selfie sticks.

Chicago Aldermen Vote to Overturn City's Ban on Food Carts

Hilary Gowins | Posted 09.24.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

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.

Puerto Rican Pride As Sunset Park Fights Off Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

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.

Vendor Profile: Henrieese Roberts

Street Sense | Posted 10.12.2014 | DC
Street Sense

By Jazmine Steele, Editorial Intern The images of suffering caused by HIV/AIDS trouble Henrieese Roberts, 64. She has watched people struggle with ...

How Jokowi Helps Jakarta's Street Vendors

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Integrating street vending into urban planning is both a challenge and an important step towards inclusive cities.

Why Proper Prep Is Everything When It Comes to Operating a Food Truck

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

You can't just buy an old ice cream truck, toss a George Foreman grill inside, and start selling burgers by the beach.

What You May Not Know About Street Sense, Washington's Homeless Newspaper

Susan Orlins | Posted 02.12.2014 | DC
Susan Orlins

With the cold weather upon us, I have been thinking about the day I sold Street Sense, Washington's homeless newspaper.

Will de Blasio Be Good for Street Vendors?

Sean Basinski | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Sean Basinski

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.

WATCH: Dancing NYPD Cop Goes Off On Street Vendor

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

In a perfect demonstration of the NYPD's "Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect," we give you this video, posted by The Street Vendor's Project, of a...

Let's Hear It for and Thank the Vendors

Hugh Hogan | Posted 05.05.2013 | New York
Hugh Hogan

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.

Making a Difference

Abha Sinha | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Abha Sinha

Every good intention has an effect: some are obvious, others are not, but none ever go unnoticed.

Fending Off Velcro-Like Vendors

David Litwak | Posted 12.02.2012 | Travel
David Litwak

A traveler walks a fine line every time a street peddler descends to sell us a souvenir in an impoverished country. How can one contribute to the local economy without being mobbed by desperate people -- and avoid getting pick-pocketed in the scrum?

Soho Street Vendors Sue Over 'Illegal' NYPD Raid

DNAinfo | Posted 09.06.2012 | New York

TRIBECA — Five SoHo street vendors are suing the city for seizing their carts, tables and merchandise in a crackdown on Broadway this May that they ...

Street Food and Urban Culture

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.12.2012 | New York
Fabio Parasecoli

Both gourmet food trucks and allegedly messy carts are constitutive elements of the NYC foodscape. Any attempt at deciding what category of vendor is better somehow goes against the very spirit of the city.

The NYPD Continues Its War On Books | Posted 05.08.2012 | New York

GREENWICH VILLAGE -- Cops have launched a crackdown on illegal book vendors selling thousands of tomes from tables along Sixth Avenue, DNAinfo has lea...

Group Wants To Ban 'Ugly' Food Carts

Posted 03.05.2012 | New York

A conclave of outraged midtown businesses are putting their time to good use by demanding the removal of "ugly" food carts from their otherwise pristi...

Street Vendors Protest Against Unfair And High Fines

Posted 02.16.2012 | Latino Voices

On Thursday, NYC street vendors marched in protest what they describe as unfair fines the city has imposed against them by The New York Police Departm...

For the Love of Justice: A Valentine's Day Tribute to Frederick Douglass

Hugh Hogan | Posted 04.15.2012 | New York
Hugh Hogan

In honor of Frederick Douglass' activism, here is my Valentine's Day message to New Yorkers who want to make this city a fairer, more caring and compassionate place.

Food Trucks Are a Win-Win

Leland Morris | Posted 04.11.2012 | DC
Leland Morris

The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs' newly proposed vending regulations reflect a number of compromises. On the whole, however, we believe they are a positive step forward.

Letter Grades Coming To Food Carts?

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

New York City's street-meat vendors could soon be subject to health letter grades if one Queens lawmaker has it his way. State Senator Jose Peralta...

Absurdities and Frustations on the Path to Self-Employment in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In the fine print of the "street vendor" license, however, it is unclear how long Tony can stand in one place. Each inspector interprets in his own way how long these "nomadic dessert sellers" can occupy the same site.

More Than Spare Change: How NYC Scams City Street Vendors

Afton Branche | Posted 07.26.2011 | New York
Afton Branche

NY is home to 10,000 street vendors, the majority of whom are immigrants. The job for these workers is inherently tough. But the web of rules regulating the industry makes it even more difficult to get ahead.

Times Square Vendor

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jeff Danziger


Keep Our Eyes on the Street Open

Stacy Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stacy Torres

Just two weeks after the Bloomberg administration proposed to drastically cut the number of art vendors allowed in four popular city parks, two Times Square vendors are being hailed as heroes.

Plan To Ban Wrigley Field Street Vendors Angers Salesmen

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Tom Tunney, whose ward includes the Friendly Confines, is taking another swing at moving peddlers away from it. Last summer, he struck out trying...