Arrested Brooklyn street vendor: ‘I have bills to pay. I don’t have any other option.’

Maria Falcon works to feed her family by selling fruit. On April 29, she was arrested for selling inside an MTA station. Now, she's speaking out.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2022, 9:41 PM

Updated 798 days ago


Maria Falcon has had her mobile food vendor license since 2009, and is the subject of a video currently going viral on social media. In it, she is being taken away in handcuffs by the NYPD with her fruit cart for selling fruit in an MTA station on April 29.
“I have rent to pay, I have bills to pay, I have a family to take care of, I have 3 daughters that I am supporting,” said Falcon. “I don’t have any other option but to work.”
Falcon has been trying to get a permit to sell on the street for decades, but due to the cap placed on the number of permits that can be distributed, it has been a challenge.
She was arrested, searched, and held for two hours before being issued a summons. Police told News 12 that she had a previous summons issued on April 5, and has ignored multiple warnings.
Mayor Adams addressed this in a press conference Monday, stating the officers were doing their job and that the city has health standards for a reason. Falcon is set to appear in court on May 19 for unlicensed vending.

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