The Daily News weighs in: http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/queens/2007/07/03/2007-07-03_food_fight_street_vendors_raise_ire.html
Choice quotes: "It just doesn't seem fair that for a small amount of money, a merchant can just park there and block the flow of their business," said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Ghafoori helps manage his cousin's halal meat stand near a Bank of America branch. He said shutting down the business, which specializes in grilled chicken and lamb gyros, would hurt his family. "If they lose this, they have nothing," he said. "That's it. That's their whole life."
Hard to believe that if the push cart - which opened a few weeks ago - has to move a few blocks, Joe Ghafoori's whole life is ruined as is his family's. But then again, last week we had a guy who wanted to expand his attached two-family house to accomodate a kindergarten/temple/water fall/day-care center for Bukharian Jews, but whose real purpose was to honor the 9/11 heroes because after the attack he went into a two-year deep depression - so I guess hyperbole is part of the American Dream.
You know how I feel - I have no problem with the vendors. But the comments from previous posts are skewing about 70-30 against, so it looks like they're gone. Hooray - Boston Chicken and stale danish from nasty cashiers for all!!!
But hey, we cannot disrespect the sidewalk that houses Value Depot and Game Stop.