Vendors, Bike Messengers, and Dog Walkers on Working Outside in Cold Like This

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do you make your living working outside? How has the recent snow and cold temps affected your business? Stephanie Barreto, staff organizer for the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center talks about the challenges presented by the recent extreme winter weather to street vendors and others making their livings out of doors and is joined by Bernard Haynes who sells merchandise on the street in Harlem.


Stephanie Barreto

Comments [16]

Lorraine Connor from North Plainfield, NJ

Being a dog walker and petsitter in this weather has been brutal! I've had dogs that just want to do their business and get back inside and others, especially this one chihuahua, well, he likes roaming about! Honestly though, you need to use common sense and gauge the pet, and their health.

Jan. 29 2014 07:48 PM
Alfred from Brooklyn and Manhattan

I'm a professional dog walker and I agree with the other dog walker on how terrible the highway grade salts are. It is bad for the dogs pads and paws.
I am very disappointed with the parks department and sanitation on their handling of the snow removal. They spread these toxic rock salts in the parks and on green street malls. Parks and green malls are havens for dogs to enjoy when there are excessive amount of salts on sidewalks. And the true kicker is the excessive amount of salts left behind when the snow and ice is gone; littering the parks with these cake on salts. Parks and sanitation departments do not follow up with the cleaning of these salts and rely on the rain and nature to dispose of their excessive litter. Parks and Sanitation department is wasting resources and not pet friendly. New York City can do better.

Jan. 29 2014 01:22 PM

Speaking of food-venderos, is there some law that doesn't allow them in Riverside Park? I was there on several mild days in October, November and December and did not see a single concession stand in sight. I wondered at how what seemed like what would have been such obvious entrepenurial opportunties not being utilized by anyone.

What's with people who don't wear anything to protect their heads from the cold? Bad enough to see adults this way but I've even seen children bare-headed in this weather. Accompanied by a parent, no less.

Jan. 29 2014 11:53 AM
Peg from upstate

At least the mayor wants to keep carriage horses off the frigid streets!

PS to Michael B from Morningside Heights - it's -2 and I'm off to cut firewood (we've already exhausted our normal year's supply). When you live on a farm, even the females get out there and work in the cold - but I do indeed appreciate anyone who has to be out in this weather.

Jan. 29 2014 11:29 AM

-Wear clothing that will not only keep you warm but that also breathes and wicks moisture away from your body. Otherwise, accumulated perspiration can cause discomfort and even cold.

- Ensure proper foot-bottom treading. Those who walk in snow and ice should consider a product such as STABILicers (R) that attach to the bottom of shoes or boots.

Jan. 29 2014 11:23 AM
Labor from NYC

he only worked 8 days in Jan' this is impacting the economy for sure. Expect shaky jobs numbers from the federal bureau of labor statistics - they blamed the weak jobs numbers in Dec. on the extreme cold.

Jan. 29 2014 11:19 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Another reason why we need robots. Climate change is going to make work outside increasingly harder and harder.

Jan. 29 2014 11:17 AM

right? right? you know? you know? like? like? is she a college student?

Jan. 29 2014 11:17 AM
Bev from NYC

Gotta give great thanks and thumbs up to everyone who works outside. Stay warm, folks!

Jan. 29 2014 11:14 AM
Ed from Larchmont

There's a very good movie out about homelessness - Gimme Shelter.

Jan. 29 2014 11:11 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

You'll notice that all the callers thus far have been -- what? -- men!

That's part of a larger point that almost never gets mentioned when there are discussions of men and women at work and home duties.

Overwhelmingly, it is men who do the dangerous and truly demanding physical work.

I would think that women (and the population at large) would for the most part be grateful to those who do the jobs that most of us wouldn't want to do.

But it almost never gets acknowledged.

Jan. 29 2014 11:10 AM
katz from manhattan

great topic but this stephanie person, can't she stop saying "you know"? It is so distractive, I cannot listen to what she is trying to say. Someone needs to warn her, if you really want her to be heard.

Jan. 29 2014 11:09 AM
tom from Astoria

I paint outside, when I use acrylics in the freezing cold I bring a thermos of boiling water and pour it in a soup can which is attached to the bottom of the palette to keep the paints from freezing.

Jan. 29 2014 11:04 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I miss my fruit/veggie vender -- It's too cold for broccoli and bananas.

Jan. 29 2014 11:03 AM
Miscellaneous from NYC

My husband is a project manager at a construction site and they can't work now because it's too cold for the construction workers and it is also too cold to pour concrete. He checks in daily to see whether the contractor is going to be able to work the next day.

Jan. 29 2014 10:59 AM
Sarah McCoy from Staten Island

I don't work outside, but yesterday I got my car washed. The workers were wearing only sweatshirts as they hosed down my car outside! They are doing physical labor, but they must have been extremely cold.

Jan. 29 2014 10:58 AM

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