07/01/09 202 W, 1 I - + 4 - 14 Turf War at the Hot Dog Cart

For your mid-week reading, today's New York Times reports on turf wars between street food vendors. In this corner are upscale food trucks, new to the city and operated by "culinary entrepreneurs." In the other corner are older vendors, who've operated their food carts1 for years or decades, and often at the same spot. There conflict covers the unwritten rules of street vending, as well as the black market for food vending permits. Fascinating story, and ready-made for a longer treatment. Book? Documentary? Mr. and Mrs. Blogger certainly can't wait to see and try these food trucks on their next visit (below photo from 2005 trip). Maybe there's a matzo ball bus up there. Read the article.
1On the subject of food carts, mentioned must be made of Lucky Dog hot dogs, sold on the streets of New Orleans, and famously and hilarious chronicled in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. What, you've never read the story of Ignatius J. Reilly, and his contempt for all things that pass his gaze? Read it immediately, and then read it again. You'll laugh out loud. Here's what Mike wrote about it, years ago.

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