Recent Updates

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July 2016:

Developed a Myths vs. Facts handout to enlighten the public about street vendors in NYC!

June 2016:

The Street Vendor Project is still hard at work pushing our campaign forward. In the last month we’ve had several Know Your Rights training’s, where we educate vendors on how to protect themselves against police abuse. An important aspect of our training is to make sure our members know the rules and regulations around street vending. It is crucial that vendors know their rights and what to do during their encounters with police officers who abuse their power.

We were also successful in helping vendors remove illegal planters in Long Island City. Thanks to the brilliant efforts of our organizing team and the tenacity of the vendors who were being displaced, we pushed back and won.

Although we still have quite a ways to go before we win our campaign, we need to remember the little victories along the way. Vendor power!


April 2016:

The Vendor Power Parade was a huge success! Hundreds of vendors gathered outside City Hall to demand more permits, respect, and to put an end to the Black Market. The parade ended with an impromptu dance party at Bowling Green Park accompanied by live music. Thank you to all who attended or contributed!


March, 2016:

Vendors conduct massive outreach in preparation for a Vendor Power Parade at the end of April!  In addition to calling vendors and doing outreach on the street, they place bright pink signs in all cart windows. The signs say that permits cost $25,000 on the black market and it’s time for the City to give more permits now!

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February, 2016:

Vendors in Sunnyside are harassed by the police, but that’s not fair! We need to protect spots that are legal and open new spots so that vendors can work and provide for their families!



January 19th, vendors from Soho and beyond marched between the 1st and 5th precinct to assert that vendors are small businesses and deserve respect!

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October, 2015


The Institute for Justice has recently released the report, Upwardly Mobile, documenting the vital role of Street Vendors on our economy at both the city and national level .  Did you know that street vendors support almost 18,000 jobs in NYC? It’s time to lift the caps!

Read the report here: (english) (espanol)

Great press here.


April 16, 2015

Members speak out in front of City Hall! More licenses and more permits! More open streets!

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Lift the Caps! campaign committee meeting
February 17, 2015

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Our street vendor board members came together today to discuss strategies for the campaign.

A visit to Council Member Espinal’s office
February 13, 2015


Today several staff from the Street Vendor Project and their street vendor board members visited Council Member Espinal‘s district office to talk about the “Lift the Caps!” campaign.

Online petition created
February 13, 2015

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A petition to lift the caps on permits and licenses is created on

Campaign Kick-Off at Murphy Center
April 15th, 2014

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Sometimes intellectuals like to sip wine and debate whether street vendors are “workers” or “self-employed” people or “entrepreneurs.” We say yes to all of the above!

Thankfully the US labor movement is starting to realize that work is changing and these intellectual distinctions don’t make much sense. People who go to work every day, and get screwed, need to stick together. In recent years, organized labor has forged important new alliances with taxi drivers and domestic workers, for example.

And the tent is getting bigger. The Murphy Center for Labor Studies, a prestigious institute at CUNY, invited us to kick off our newest “Lift the Caps” campaign and hold a panel discussion this week entitled Taking It to the Streets! Street Vendors in the New Labor Economy. What a morning! The panel was moderated by Ed Ott, who just released New Labor in New York, an important book that includes a chapter on street vendors. The Speaker of the City Council — Melissa Mark Viverito — gave the opening remarks. And many allies in labor forged new ties to workers who happen to sell food on our streets and sidewalks.

Pictures from the event are here and (if you are really serious) you can watch the full video here.