Peddling Uphill: A report on the conditions of street vendors in New York City

Street Vendor Project


This report presents the findings of the first comprehensive survey of New York street vendors to be undertaken in more than 80 years. Over the last two years, the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center selected 100 vendors in Lower Manhattan and asked them a detailed series of questions about their life and work. The results of the survey dispel many myths about vendors that have developed over the years. They also show why the legendary success stories of the past are nearly unthinkable today; vendors are faced with so much regulation and harassment that they can barely subsist.

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