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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the first official post on my Frugal Intern blog! I'm a college student trying to get by on $100 a week and will be charting my successes (and failures) here, along with tips for spending wisely.
The Parks Department has proposed new rules that would lead to a 75-80% reduction in art vendors in Union Square Park, Central Park, and Battery Park. More than 100 people are expected to lose their jobs.
While the format of street papers varies, one core concept is universal: a works program that is designed to empower homeless vendors, build their confidence and provide a means to become self-sufficient.