Brooklyn Has Its Own Street Vendor Wars… But Also a Multicultural Fourth of July


The street food vendor wars are not confined to Manhattan. Brooklyn has seen its share of tension between food carts and brick-and-mortar restaurants. Claiming unfair competition, littering, and noise, restaurants in Bay Ridge have asked the city to ban street vendors in the Business Improvement District.
[NY Daily News]

The FDA is warning people against buying Hardcore Energize Bullet and New Whey energy drinks after utility knife blades were found in two of the test tube-like vials the drinks are packaged in. Both brands are being recalled, although no injuries were reported as a result of the tampering.
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Fourth of July in Prospect Park was about more than burgers and dogs on the grill. You might have found squid, fish balls, and shrimp on one grill, and pork ribs, lamb, chorizos, and pre-boiled cactus on another. Family groups as big as 45 got to the park early–some even before sunrise–to secure a spot for the holiday.
[NY Daily News]

A new genetically modified rice developed in Japan has been found to block allergy symptoms, such as runny nose and sneezing. The rice is intended for people allergic to Japanese cedar pollen, which includes 20 percent of the Japanese population.
[New Scientist]

With lobster prices at an all-time low, the Daily News has rounded up the best places to enjoy a lobster feast. Head to DBGB, the Mermaid Inn, or Toloache for a lobster meal, or make your own with lobster from the Lobster Place or Red Hook Lobster Pound.
[NY Daily News]