Street Vendors Rally for Greater Worker Protection

BARUCH COLLEGE–On any other day, Sonia Perez toils in Maria Hernandez Park selling tamales and coffee to the neighborhood locals. But on May 6 she arrived at the Bushwick park with her shopping cart filled with coolers to the sight of a crowd excited to greet her. Perez was the first stop in the Street Vendor Project’s second annual scavenger hunt.

The game, which turned supporting food carts, trucks and stands into a friendly competition, drove players to visit street vendors throughout the five boroughs and purchase their wares to win a grand prize. The groups of teams were filled with anticipation but they soon remembered why they were there when Perez’s speech punctuated the afternoon.