Street vendors hold holiday rally to protest high fines, call on NYS Legislature to legalize Street Vending Industry


Over 50 street vendors, advocates and elected officials with the NYC Street Vendor Justice Coalition gathered on the steps of Saint Mark’s Church in Manhattan Tuesday evening to honor the work of street vendor essential workers, sharing champurrado while decorating a Christmas tree with the hundreds of tickets street vendors have received in the past year alone for lack of business licensing.

Protestors highlighted how vendors fought hard to create the Excluded Workers Fund and gain access to small business grants, only to now use these relief funds to pay fines for vending.