Bryant Park Corp Calls Food Carts “Terrible Citizens”
DNAinfo published a story yesterday about the ongoing tension between brick and mortar business owners and food vendors. The 34th Street Partnership is now attempting to launch a campaign that would reduce the number of vendors allowed in Midtown. They quoted the head of the Partnership who called the vendors “the ugliest collection of vehicles,” and “terrible citizens.” They also want the carts to “beautify” themselves to look more like attractive carts like Wafels & Dinges. And they claim this campaign would make Midtown much more pleasant for residents.
First of all, who the hickity heck lives in this part of Midtown? Secondly, this would make it much less pleasant for us ML’ers who value the carts for their delicious, affordable food as an alternative to the generic and overpriced chain restaurants in the area. Not to mention that most of these vendors are legitimate businesses and provide job opportunities for many immigrant workers in this city. And as much as we love Wafels & Dinges around these parts, who wants all the carts on the street to look the same??
The campaign is still in the early stages and I doubt it will get much traction behind it. And anyway, all of this sounds eerily familiar and is just another hurdle in the ongoing fight for the freedom of our street meat.