Vendors Converge on City Hall to Protest Tickets, Fines

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Street vendors, selling everything from hot dogs to umbrellas and cell phone accessories, are an ingrained part of the New York City landscape. But on Thursday around 200 vendors, along with elected officials and advocates, gathered at City Hall to rally against excessive ticketing and thousands of dollars in fines.


The Takeaway

The Heroes on the Street: Food Vendors

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Street vendors are the eyes and ears of urban society in many cities around the world. In Tunisia, it was a food vendor selling his wares on the street that ignited revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. And here, in America, it was a couple vendors in New York that alerted police to the Times Square bomb – just waiting to explode in an abandoned SUV. Every year, Vendy Awards are handed out to the best vendors in New York. And this year, "best" doesn't just refer to food. Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project, which hosts the annual Vendy Awards, explains why they've added a hero category to their roster. We also hear from other vendors. 


The Takeaway

What Profession Should Get a Hero Award?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Each year in New York City, the Vendy Awards go to food vendors, usually for the quality of their cuisine. Now the Venydy's have a new category: The hero award. It was announced this week to honor the food vendor in Tunisia who sparked the revolution there when he set himself on fire. And it was street vendors who first told the authorities about the attempted Times Square bombing last year.

We'll talk about this on the air soon, but we're asking you now, what other professions should get a hero category?

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Gourmet Food Carts to Spice Up Park Concessions

Thursday, January 13, 2011


The city is hungry to bring a cornicopia of concessions to area parks.


WQXR Features

From Double Reeds to Double Scoops

Monday, November 08, 2010

Douglas Quint leads a double life. During the summer, he’s the face of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, making soft-serve concoctions with some unlikely ingredients. Come November, he's a professional bassoonist.

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NY Supreme Court Allows Vendors to Sell Work in City Parks

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It looks like the city's art vendors aren't going anywhere, for now. On Monday, a justice from the New York State Supreme Court upheld a ruling that temporarily stops the city from limiting the number of artists selling their work in several city parks.