New York City has more than 10,000 licensed and unlicensed street vendors. Many vendors say they are constantly fighting harassment by police as they try to eek out a living. The City Council is considering setting up an vendor advisory board as sidewalk merchants complain they are facing growing fines and even confiscation of their carts.
(A version of this story originally appeared on “219 West,” a monthly TV news magazine show broadcast on CUNY-TV)
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