The Street Vendor Project released a report that demonstrates that NYC vendors are tax-paying entrepreneurs who, despite their hard work, struggle below the poverty line due to harassment and over-regulation. As everyone knows, some of the biggest businesses in NYC got their start as pushcarts on the Lower East Side. Sadly, those kinds of success stories are virtually unimaginable today. The report, “Peddling Uphill,” lists policy recommendations that would improve economic opportunity for our city’s smallest of small businesses: for example, revoking the $1,000 fines for minor violations, opening up more space for vendors, and providing language access at the court where vending tickets are heard.”

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