NEW YORK CITY, NY – Kimchi Taco, Big D’s Grub, Korilla BBQ and a host of other new gourmet food trucks that have taken to SoHo’s streets have loyal followings that track them via Twitter. But some SoHo residents said they wish the trucks and other food carts would hit the road.
SoHo is the latest in a long line of neighborhoods complaining about mobile food vendors crowding sidewalks, creating garbage problems, polluting the air and seemingly breaking city laws with impunity.
“This has been going on and on and on and something needs to be done,” SoHo resident Peter Davies said at a recent Community Board 2 meeting where locals shared a litany of complaints with representatives of the city’s Health Department, Fire Department and 1st, 5th and 6th police precincts.
James Middleton, the executive director of the city Health Department’s Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation, listed the rules that permitted mobile vendors must follow. They are barred from selling within 20 feet of a building entrance, on a sidewalk less than 12 feet wide or close to a crosswalk or fire hydrant, she said.
But SoHo resident Elaine Young said the city has looked the other way on violations of these rules to prop up the popular trucks and carts.
“The city says ‘give us your money’ and sends all the tourists here, but we don’t have garbage