Mayor Proposes Designating Subway Space For Food Vendors

Erica Brosnan
November 15, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio Subway

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is suggesting the MTA could set aside some space in the subways for candy and snack vendors.

The mayor said Thursday that the MTA should designate areas in station for vending, which is currently illegal without a permit or specific authorization.

The idea follows the viral arrests of a woman selling churros and a man selling candy bars. Both were captured on video and sparked outraged among New Yorkers who pointed to the arrests as incidents of “over policing.”

“We know a lot of subway stations where there’s a lot of space,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Can we find some designated spaces? Make those available to vendors?”

MTA Chairman Pat Foye, however, doesn’t think that will be possible. He says there are concerns over space, vermin and unsanitary conditions.

Foye also said the city is in charge of licensing and policing food vendors, not the MTA.