New York City and Vendors

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2006/10/16 12:21:20 (permalink)

New York City and Vendors

From USA Today

NEW YORK — Peddling purses on the streets of Midtown Manhattan, Moustapha Cisse speaks of many hardships. There is the harshness of selling on the street in winter. There are the workweeks with barely a day off to rest.
Worse than the bitter cold and long hours, he says, is the stream of tickets handed out by police for setting his table too near a doorway, selling too far from the curb or vending on the wrong corner.

"A lot of people lost their licenses because of the tickets — they cannot pay them," says Cisse, a 43-year-old immigrant from Senegal. "If they keep giving us those tickets and these problems, we're never going to make it."

Street vendors, hawking everything from hot dogs to handbags and fresh vegetables are as emblematic of New York City's streetscape as subway portals and the Times Square news ticker.

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