Street vendors call on Queens lawmakers to help halt aggressive fines for unlicensed workers


A large crowd of mostly Spanish-speaking street vendors, gathered in Corona Plaza on Wednesday, June 16, to call upon lawmakers to stop heavily enforced fines from being issued to street vendors struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ausencia Crus, a vendor in Corona Plaza. (Photo by Julia Moro)

As of June 1, agencies started giving out $1,000 fines to unpermitted mobile food vendors as part of New York City’s reopening. Unlicensed merchandise vendors face a fine of $250.