Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Push to ban Sunnyside food carts

From DNA Info:

Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, said he asked the DOT on behalf of the board to install barriers that would prevent food carts and street vendors from conducting their business near the 46th Street, 40th Street and 33rd Street stations.

He also asked the agency to beautify these areas and improve the "pedestrian experience" including adding green space, art work and more lighting, he said.

A DOT spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the department looked at the location and determined that barriers were not appropriate for this area. But Conley is holding out hope for other improvements.

According to Conley, street vendors other than the food carts have been coming to Sunnyside in the afternoon to hawk goods such as DVDs, usually on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue — on small tables or sheets directly on the street.

“It just looks terrible,” he said.

A few days ago, Conley called police, who made the street vendors leave, he said.

One of the fruit stands located directly under the elevated 46th Street station has become particularly contentious with a vendor who has two big carts that "look like a store," locals say.


Anonymous said...

If local businesses felt they were being badly hurt by this competition, it'd be one thing, but if some jerk on a CB doesn't like how it looks, well, he can deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Fruits and vegetables are not all that they are selling....

Anonymous said...

The City should bring in a sanctioned green market - perhaps run by the local markets. A choice location, the city can reap modest $$ and residents convienience and fresh produce.

Anonymous said...

even the creation of a landmark district doesn't improve things.

Perhaps the Sunnyside Foundation can clean up the

This way more yuppies will be attracted to the nabe to displace those troublesome Latinos who live on the south side of the boulevard.

Anonymous said...

deport the vendors. problem solved.

(grab some of the customers while we are at it, too)

Anonymous said...

"pedestrian experience"

"adding green space"

"art work"

All words and favorable propositions geared towards catering to hipsters/yuppies.


Auntie Invasion said...

The fruit and vegetable vendor is really a huge market from Flushing. it is not a single mom & pop operation. This business has stands up and down Roosevelt Avenue

wtf??? If I vend anything with out a license I get arrested. the illegal aliens and their jackpot babies hawk pirated DVD's & CD's from blankets, sell ice cream, cotton candy, jewelry, etc and nothing is done to them.

what about those crap wagons under the el at Roosevelt Avenue between 61st & 62nd Street?

Anonymous said...

Troublesome latinos? how about criminal illegal aliens? send them back home.

Anonymous said...

No place in Queens seems more than 100 feet away from someone selling tomatoes.

I know all these carts are not necessary, but I'm surprised that so many of them seem to be viable as businesses.

Anonymous said...

I hope the people who purchase these products enjoy the pigeon poop that is dropped from above. Hmmm, crunchy, crunchy. They probably don't even notice the difference. Get the health dept. to look into it. So yucky, makes me sick to my tumtum.

Anonymous said...

I was just being polite and politically correct in my choice of the term "troublesome Latinos".

But I defer to your usage.

Anonymous said...

Once you leave the Sunnyside historic district...
the place is real ghetto!

Those 3rd world vendors really are Klassy, ain't they?

Anonymous said...

Jackson Heights is the same.
Once you leave their historic district the place is a
crap hole.