I was on the Upper East Side about 3:30 PM, so I thought I would see what fine dining choices were available in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There were six vendor carts there, five of which had signs indicating they were owned by veterans. I don't know how many carts were there Tuesday a week ago, but I always remember more than two when driving by. All had a steady flow of customers today. There was one Halal food cart, one "Shangrila Express" cart, and four generic NYC hot dog carts.
I took a look at the City of New York's web site. Apparently these are sealed competitive bids with no review. High bidder gets it. I found a few other awards much more reasonable. All the high bidders were corporations, with an address that of a private house or apartment. One recent award went to a corporation for Central Park at 96th Street. The five year rent schedule is Year 1, $18K (for only a partial year), Year 2, $39K, Year 3, $41K, Year 4, $43K, Year 5, $49K. The city approves the price list, which must be posted. They all seem to charge $2 for a small skinless Sabrett, and $4 for a jumbo skinless Sabrett.
As it stands right now, some nut can put in an impossible bid to make sure he gets it, sell a ton of food while stalling the city on rent payments, and then put his corporation in bankruptcy. The parks commissioner couldn't see this in January?
ADDENDUM: I took advantage of Papaya King's limited time special. Two franks with sauerkraut or onions for $3.00 plus tax. Natural casing. Grilled to perfection. Delicious.
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