Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Declaring War on Street Cuisine

By ALEX MINDLIN for The New York Times September 3, 2006

IN the noisy shadow of the elevated No. 7 train in Jackson Heights, Queens, an assortment of Mexican and Ecuadorean restaurants lines the mile-long stretch of Roosevelt Avenue between 80th Street and Junction Boulevard.

These restaurants are mirrored by one of the city’s most exuberant arrays of pushcarts. .. Local restaurants have long maintained an uneasy truce with these pushcarts. But over the last year, restaurant owners say, the number of food vendors in the neighborhood, many of them unlicensed, has crept upward...
...City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, whose district includes part of Jackson Heights, is weighing in on the side of the restaurant owners. He plans to introduce legislation to cap the number of city permits for street vendors; currently, more than 9,000 have been issued...
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