Koo introduces Legislation to address Street Vendor Pollution and Sidewalk obstructions

Koo introduces Legislation to address Street Vendor Pollution and Sidewalk obstructions

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NEW YORK(TIP): Council 
Member Peter Koo, on June 7, introduced a pair of bills that look to 
address two major quality of life issues in downtown Flushing and 
throughout the City of New York – street vendor pollution and sidewalk 

Intro 969 will prohibit all sidewalk 
obstructions in downtown Flushing and stoopline stands in certain areas 
of downtown Flushing.

Intro 970 will prohibit the use of under-fired char broilers at mobile food vending units citywide.

Last year, the Flushing community 
celebrated the completion of up to nine feet of widened sidewalks on 
Main Street, Flushing. The new space
 was intended to provide critical relief to the hundreds of thousands of
 commuters who use the transportation hub’s more than 20 bus lines, 
subway, LIRR, and others who visit Flushing for its restaurants and 

“Unfortunately, the widened sidewalks 
gave rise to an increase in illegal street vendors and stoopline stands –
 people who are taking advantage of the new space to sell everything 
from health insurance, counterfeit handbags, bed sheets, pots and pans, 
fruits and vegetables, cell phones, and even socks,” said Council Member
 Koo. “We are overrun with sidewalk obstructions, and our sidewalks have
 become an obstacle course. As a small business owner, I have no 
objection to people innovating in order to turn a profit, but I 
wholeheartedly object to those who do so at the expense of their 

The bill would prohibit stoopline stands at the following locations:

Main Street between Northern Boulevard 
and Sanford Avenue; Roosevelt Avenue between College Point Boulevard and
 Union Street; Kissena Boulevard between 41st Avenue and Barclay Avenue;
 40th Road between Prince Street and Main Street; 41st Avenue between 
Main Street and Union Street; 41st Road between Main Street and Frame 

General and food vending would be prohibited within the following boundary:

North: Northern Boulevard; East: Union Street; South:  Sanford Avenue; West: College Point Boulevard.

Licensed veterans and vending protected 
by under the Constitution’s freedom of speech provisions would be exempt
 from these restrictions.

The other bill, Intro 970, would 
prohibit the use of under-fired char broilers in mobile food vending 
units throughout the city. According to recent testimony by the 
Department of Health, one food vendor grilling meat for a day emits the 
same amount of particulate pollution as diesel truck driving 3,500 miles
 – the distance from New York City to Denver and back.


“The under-fired char broilers used by 
street vendors are responsible for a significant amount of particulate 
matter in our air. Not only are the grillers breathing this in, but it 
also impacts nearby residents, businesses and others who must endure the
 clouds of smoke blowing in their windows and hanging over the street. 
Making these vendors more environmentally safe will reduce particulate 
matter and significantly improve the air quality of our city.”

The legislation would not restrict flattop grills, such as the griddles used in Halal trucks.


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