Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch pens an op-ed in the Times about the latest crackdown on food trucks. He argues that, instead of fighting the law or simply resorting to legal private parking in spaces like the forthcoming food-truck court in Queens, vendors should embrace the illegality of street food in New York City:
New York’s street food scene is unique and vibrant precisely because it exists in that legal gray area. Traditionally only immigrant and small mom-and-pop businesses were willing to risk the city’s intermittent crackdowns. The vague rules have long deterred any passionless big businesses looking for the next lucrative franchise. Turn street spots into legal real estate controlled by the city, and it will be only a matter of time before street food becomes just as bland and generic as that of any fast-food restaurant in Midtown.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 15, 2011