Chin Spurs Crackdown on Downtown Food Vendors
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One week ago, at the behest of Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the DOH cleaned house in SoHo. The city agency cracked down on food vendors perpetually parked along Broadway, closing their operations and revoking permit decals. Below were the findings:
- 20 vendors in violation of leaving their carts overnight, unattended/abandoned on the sidewalk, and/or in continuous operation 24/7 with no proof of commissary services.
- Carts deemed neighborhood nuisance due to streetside servicing and cleaning, thereby coating sidewalk with grease and liquid waste.
The clean sweep also made its way eastward. This past Tuesday, the Halal cart outside the Bowery Whole Foods also fell victim. The food stand, a fixture of the nighttime sidewalk scene, was also found to be in violation and forced to close.
“The overwhelming number of mobile food vendors on the Broadway corridor is a chronic quality of life issue for the residents of Soho,” Council Member Margaret Chin said. “Vendors have to play by the rules. This is not only a quality of life issue, but a health and safety issue. These carts need to be removed from the street and they must be cleaned daily. I want to thank DOHMH for their action and residents on Broadway for their advocacy on this issue.”