Posts Tagged ‘volunteer opportunity’

Vendors in the News and Street Vendor Pro Bono Project Meeting on Friday, 1/28

There has been a vendor struggle unfolding on 86th and Lexington over the past few weeks. The corner has been the home of Paty’s Taco Truck for the past three years.  While the overwhelming majority of people who live around 86th & Lex love the truck and welcome its presence, it has been the source of some controversy in the past year.  Last summer, motivated in large part by the presence of Paty’s Taco Truck on the Upper East Side, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin introduced a bill that would revoke the permits of food trucks if they receive three parking tickets.

While efforts to pass that bill seem to have stalled, Paty’s Taco Truck  has been targeted for enforcement of a traffic law which prohibits the selling of “merchandise” (not food) from a metered parking spot.  Last week, Paty’s truck was towed three times, and all three tickets were dismissed by the traffic court. A lingering legal question is whether or not the law even applies to food vendors — the vending laws in New York City consistently distinguish between “food” vendors and “general merchandise vendors,” and this traffic law clearly seems intended for the latter.

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Update from today’s ELS meeting

At today’s ELS meeting we:

discussed a possible cold weather boat ride
learned about volunteer opportunities for next semester coordinated by the 1L delegates
celebrated the rad ELS blog
became informed about a new environmental research opportunity
enjoyed delicious hummus and local apples.

Please stay tuned to BLS Connect and the blog for more information about ways to get more involved with the BLS ELS!

Thing you know everything “green” in Manhattan? Prove it at the Green City Challenge!

On October 17th 2010, Sunday, the very first Green City Challenge will take place in lower Manhattan. Contestants will race to green businesses and destinations throughout lower Manhattan and complete challenges that demonstrate their knowledge of how to live, work, and eat green. The Green City Challenge will test your knowledge of sustainability as you earn giant jigsaw puzzle pieces and solve clues in your quest to reach the finish line. For more information, please visit

For this event to run smoothly, the event is now recruiting volunteers and contestants.

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