Rule long desired by our organizations will be in effect by next February.
At 34th Street Partnership and Bryant Park Corporation, we’ve been clear about our position on mobile food vendors in NYC. Clean, well-tended vendors serving healthy, imaginative food can add to the quality of city life. Too often, however, NYC’s sidewalks are marred by unattractive, unsanitary food carts serving unhealthy, monotonous fare and often creating hazards for pedestrians.
While we have many suggestions that would improve the situation, we have long lobbied that at the very least, mobile food vendors should be subject to the same safety and cleanliness standards as those pertaining to NYC’s brick-and-mortar eateries.
Last month, the City Council took a big step in the right direction, unanimously passing a law that will compel all mobile food vendors to undergo inspections by the city’s Department of Health, receive a letter grade, and to post that grade prominently. The new rule is scheduled to go into effect early next year.
We welcome this step, but we won’t rest in our efforts to further improve the situation regarding food carts. The world’s greatest city deserves no less.
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