NY street vendors still waiting for pandemic recovery

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After his small Manhattan food stand lost its customers during the coronavirus pan-demic, Abdul Rahman — an Afghan vendor who arrived in New York in 1992 — has resumed service, albeit at a fraction of for-mer business since offices are still far from full.

Rahman and the thousands of street vendors like him, emblematic of New York’s sidewalks, were hoping things would finally go back to normal in Sep-tember.

But that’s far from the case: “The busi-ness is like, 20, 30 percent (less) than before the pandemic,” Rahman, 44, told AFP, standing in front of a display case of doughnuts and other pastries. On the counter is a jug of coffee.—AFP

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