Street Vendor Guide

There are more than 10,000 street vendors in New York City, but selling things from a table or cart isn’t as simple as it seems. Vendors are fined $1,000 for small violations and many vendors don’t know their rights when approached by police. Candy Chang collaborated with The Street Vendor Project and the Center for Urban Pedagogy to design a guide for New York City street vendors. She designed and illustrated the guide, which translates the most commonly violated rules into accessible diagrams and includes text in English, Bengali, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. The guide also features the history of street vending in New York, vendors’ personal stories, and policy reform recommendations (lift license caps, increase street access, reduce the fines, and reform administration & enforcement).

Thousands of copies were distributed to street vendors for free, and the guide is available as a free pdf or a purchasable print version online here. Part of the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Making Policy Public Series and featured in the 2010 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the project promotes the accessible dissemination of public policy so that New York City’s 10,000+ street vendors can understand their rights, avoid fines, and earn an honest living. Learn more about Candy’s experience making the guide on Urban Omnibus.

2009. 32″ x 22″ fold-out poster, heavy 80 lb. Lynx Brightwhite Smooth matte paper stock. Produced by the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Collaboration with Sean Basinski, Rosten Woo, John Mangin.