City Busts Met Museum Vendors; Vendor Group Bites Back
Met management says "growing proliferation of vendors" in front of the Met has them "deeply concerned about safety and access issues on the plaza." Cops say the law is the law...
The Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, which looks after our pushcart pals, says they're disappointed but not surprised: "Merchants and other business interests have joined forces with city officials concerned with congestion, modernization, and 'quality of life' to bar vendors from streets and regulate them excessively. Because of this, vendors are subjected to incessant and inhumane ticket blitzes... "
As usual, SVP proposes instead that the city "embrace" vendors "and open our sidewalks to make vending laws work better for vendors, their customers and everyone else."