Harassment and even assault are common complaints for women who are street food vendors in New York.
“They took everything from me. I tried to save my food, but they threw away my food and my cart and everything.”
The city only gives out 4,000 permits a year, creating a black market for vendors securing them illegally—but now one local legislator is pushing to offer up more.
Without legal protection, vendors run the risk of confiscation, jail, and in some cases, deportation.
What tonight's results will look like according to the street vendors selling your favorite Mexican street foods.
There’s truly no greater form of civil disobedience than dumping a massive amount of delightful French fries all over of your oppressor’s front doorway.
Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong descended into chaos in the early hours of Tuesday morning as street food vendors clashed violently with police, culminating in gunshots fired by officers.
Everything was going fine until two cops rolled up and asked, “Do you have your permits?” I answered yes, but I didn’t have the permits. I thought it was all over but little did I know that run-in with the law was just what my business needed.
In 1981, NYC permanently capped the available number of food cart permits at 3,000. While the permits originally cost $200, vendors are now renting them on the black market for up to $25,000 annually.
After a hot dog vendor was caught grossly overcharging an out-of-towner, New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs has pledged to aggressively police price gouging, especially at the city’s visitor hotspots.