NYC lifts cap on number of street food vendors

On Thursday, the New York City Council passed a bill that will allow more food vendors to serve hungry New Yorkers on streets across the city.

The new legislation calls for 4,000 full-time mobile vendor permits for street food sellers, to be phased in over a decade with 400 each year starting next year.

Supporters say the measure will help certified food vendors working without legal permits.

“Despite the fact that they have a food vendor license, they did the health department training, they know how to protect and serve foods, they pay their taxes like any other business but they are considered illegal vendors,” said Mohamed Attia, Director of the Street Vendor Project.

However, opponents say that more vendors inflates

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Check out Chinatown’s newest NYC outdoor dining row

In the span of one Chinatown block, you can take a quick trip around Asia — all you need is your appetite.

On Mott Street between Mosco and Worth, rows of colorful pavilions line the sidewalk. Thanks to DineOut NYC — a pro bono initiative launched this summer by architectural firm Rockwell Group, in partnership with NYC Hospitality Alliance — nine restaurants slinging dishes from Hong Kong, Japan and even Malaysia can all serve their food al fresco.

With an assist from the city Department of Transportation and local Chinatown agencies, the tantalizing stretch is currently closed to traffic, and marks DineOut’s first communal dining space that multiple restaurants can use.

The result? An appetizing escape from car congestion and the potential risks of indoor dining, speckled with stunning seasonal decorations. Here, some of the tastiest treats that Mott Street has to offer.

Wok Wok Southeast Asian Kitchen serves

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