UPDATE – We were contacted by the NYC Food Truck Association, who said they are “aiming to negotiate a solution by spring”.  That would be great!

We went to 40th St & 6th Ave around 1pm today to try a new food truck named Mike ‘N’ Willies.  There were a few people waiting for their orders, but they weren’t taking any new orders because the police had just told them to close up and leave.

Right now is the slow season for street food, so we haven’t heard about a lot of police activity – but it is obviously still going on.  Once the warmer weather comes, we expect police harassment to increase even more.

Mike ‘N’ Willie were lucky they didn’t get a ticket, because that would have wiped out most of the day’s profits.  As it is, they were forced to close during the busiest part of the day – lunchtime.

Good thing they didn’t offer the cops a Lil’ Piggie Slider.  Then they would have probably been arrested.

The only way this will get better is for NYC to change it’s regulations, just like Los Angeles, Cleveland, Buffalo and a number of other cities have done.  This is where the NYC Food Truck Association needs to step up to the plate on behalf of its members.


  1. As vice pres of 800BUYCART; division of Worksman Cycles here in NYC and probably the individual with the longest running familiarity with the NYC regulations (involved with the manufacturing end since the early 1960’s—I grew up in this business)as it concerns street vending and street vending equipment, I applaud any effort to change/make more transparent regulations concerning mobile vending and the equipment specifications as well.
    Regulations concerning street vending and its equipment have had a long history of being vague, inconsistently applied and interpreted. It is a long time coming for the city to recognize that the mobile food vending industry provides a valuable service to the citizens of this great city. The great varieties in culture and opportunities to work for oneself that NYC is known for is embodied by this very industry.


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