The less than a decade-old public square in Queens has seen a surge in activity as the pandemic forced immigrant families out of steady jobs and into street sales.
Hundreds of new vendor permits per year were supposed to be available starting July 1, but the details of the new process are still simmering with the Department of Health.
A bill expected to pass next week would get many vendors off a years-long waiting list and finally working legally. But pandemic-slammed restaurant owners say the extra competition would further hurt their businesses.
A cart crackdown in Lower Manhattan has licensed food sellers saying they’re made to “feel like a criminal” for minor infractions as they battle back from the pandemic shutdown.
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