In the News: Food Carts Could Get Doubled

Instagram street cart on Canal••• “There is a limit on the number of food carts and trucks allowed on the city’s streets, and even those who have managed to secure a permit—often on the black resale market—have found that the cost and difficulty of doing business can outweigh the benefits. With that in mind, the City Council intends to consider legislation that would gradually double the number of food vendor permits issued over the course of seven years, making it possible for 600 more street vendors to begin legally selling food each year.” That’s 600 more ugly LEDs, loud generators, overall annoyances. Can we get a limit on the number below, say, Chambers? The notion that vendors from other countries will start selling food from those countries instead of hot dogs is specious. —New York Times

••• “As the number of long-term health care facilities across the borough has declined over the past decade, Lower Manhattan has been hit the hardest by a string of closures, according to data from the New York State Department of Health. That includes facilities for long-term care for seniors, for those with disabilities and traumatic brain injury, and for HIV/AIDS patients.” —DNAinfo

••• According to a survey by the Downtown Alliance, about everywhere below Chambers Street, “Of the area’s 60,000-and-growing residents, no fewer than half are ages 18 to 44—and nearly 70 percent of them are millennials (18 to 34).” —New York Post

••• According to the New Yorker‘s non-review of the Ear Inn, you can rent the apartment above the bar on Airbnb.



  1. Hi Erik,

    Re: Milleneals – the 70% is a bit misleading.

    I believe what they are saying is that 70% of the 50% are millenials. 35% Which works out to 30000 (1/2) x .7 or 21000 millenials out of 60000 population.

    Makes sense based on what I have seen walking around in the neighborhood.

    • “Since 2000, the residential population south of Chambers Street has boomed, much of which can be attributed to the influx of younger residents. Contrasted with both Manhattan and New York City as a whole, young professionals are more highly concentrated in Lower Manhattan. More than 62 percent of the population Downtown is between 18-44, well above the 47 percent share in Manhattan and 42 percent share in New York City overall. Lower Manhattan is home to more young professionals than Greenpoint, the East Village and Downtown Brooklyn and on par with Downtown Jersey City and Williamsburg.”

  2. some thoughts about the food carts…

    why aren’t there regulations about the generators that they use? gasoline generators are not only noisy but polluting. there are propane generators that run much cleaner but no one seems to use them possibly because you need special permits to transport propane.

    the regulations against food carts next to schools is regularly ignored. just go by ps234 at pickup time and the kids are lined up at the ice cream trucks and the whole place spells of exhaust.

    • Would you please direct me to “the regulations against food carts next to schools”?

      I cannot find them in the New York City Administrative Code, § 17-315 “Restrictions on the placement of vehicles and pushcarts; vending in certain areas restricted or prohibited.”

      • don’t know where to find the official regulations but the 200 foot rule is well known and mentioned for example in this ny times article:

        • Upon doing some research, I think the rule you are referring to is Sections 4-08(n)(4) and 4-12(g) of Chapter 34 of the Rules of the City of New York.

          Apparently these traffic rules were originally enacted in 1938 to protect school children from the temptations of ice cream, candy, and other snacks, a few years after the State Liquor Law was enacted to protect New Yorkers of all ages from the temptations of alcohol.

          Since even food vendors parked as far away as the southwest corner of Greenwich and Chambers would be within 200 feet of the main entrance of PS 234, you could file a 311 complaint online (at, upload a photograph and cite the rule violated in the comments:

          “34 RCNY § 4-08(n)(4). Peddlers, vendors and hawkers restricted. No peddler, vendor, hawker, or huckster shall permit his car, wagon, or vehicle to stand on any street when stopping, standing, or parking is prohibited or on any street within 25 feet of any corner of the curb or to stand at any time on any sidewalk or within 500 feet of any public market or within 200 feet of any public or private school.”

          311 complaints about repeated nuisances tend not to be ignored by a local police precinct.