These two videos were produced to accompany Camila Osorio’s article in Feet in 2 Worlds.
They sell fast food to New Yorkers on the go. But street vendors are considered outside of the movement to increase wages for workers at fast food restaurant chains. That doesn’t mean they don’t face challenges. Most of the city’s 25-thousand vendors are immigrants who work without a license, since the city only issues 5,100 vending permits each year. About half are women, and many are undocumented.
Despite their small earnings, vendors see freedom as big reward
With city rules leaving them struggling, NYC street vendors are pushing back