Airing of Grievances: Do The Nightime Halal Customers on 53rd & 6th Have to be Such Pigs?
I try my best not to be too negative on this site, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to vent. Every once in awhile I’ll share some of the more angry useful emails I get in a post called “Airing of Grievances”. (If the Eater Complaints Dept. would like royalties, I’ll be happy to pay up…)
I have a ‘not really a lunchtime’ complaint but think you might be the best suited to help since its about a Midtown Lunch favorite. You see, I live on 53rd Street (btw. 6+7th Ave.) Yes… against generally considered good judgment some people do actually live there. Well the complaint is about the Famous 53rd Street Halal Guys cart. More specifically about their evening customers. The food is really good and I can’t fault them for their popularity. But the night customers are…well… pigs. Every morning when I take my pup out for his walk we have to maneuver through discarded chicken bones, whole platters of rice, tubs of that super hot hot sauce and most recently shards of broken glass bottles (not to mention the occasional pile of vomit … don’t ask why i know its related to the Famous 53rd St cart).
But wait… there’s more.
My calls to 311 inform me that its generally the buildings responsibility to keep the sidewalks clear (the city gets charged with the street itself). While that generally puts the cart in the clear, perhaps word could be sent out to the Halal Guys to put out some trash cans (I don’t think they have any of their own). Maybe a few signs asking their customers to respect their neighbors and clean up after themselves. Or even a quick utterance of “don’t litter” when handing over the food.
Barring that, perhaps you could work your magic and ask your loyal fans to do their part. Again, its mostly the overnight crowd (the ones that pack in 4-6 per car and line the streets all night and all weekend) so perhaps your blog wont have that much of an impact on them, but every little bit helps. – Nick
Wait a second… you live where? Dios mio, man.
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