NYPD Shuts Down Unlicensed Street Vendors in the Bronx
NYPD, no longer in charge of street vendor enforcement, shuts down unlicensed street vendors in the Bronx
The New York Police Department shut down a collection of unlicensed street vendors, including food vendors, who had set up shop at Webster Avenue and East Fordham Road in the Bronx, in a sweep on Wednesday morning, the New York Post reports. The cops told vendors to dismantle their setups if they could not show proper licenses, according to the report. Business owners located in the same area were arguing in an earlier Post report that the “illegal and unorganized” group of vendors on the sidewalk were blocking the shops from participating in programs like outdoor dining, among other problems.
The action highlights long-running issues in the city with how street vending is regulated. Street vending permits, including for food carts and trucks, are notoriously costly and difficult to obtain due to a decades-old cap on permits in NYC. Earlier this year, the City Council passed new legislation that would add 400 new street vending permits to the city each year for the …
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