Roosevelt Islander Online: Hot Dog Cart Vendor Beverage Sales Ruining Visitors Center Kiosk Business Says Roosevelt Island Historical Society President

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy is angry that the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will not move the Hot Dog Cart from in front of the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk entrance.

According to RIHS President Judy Berdy:

As you might have seen lately, the RIHS is still fighting the
battle of the Hot Dog Vendor. The vendor has been parking his cart next
to the kiosk entrance for weeks. No matter of pleas or complaints to
RIOC will move him.

Our problem with this vendor is:

  • Dirty cart. He wears one glove when serving food and violates health rules.
  • Banners hanging from Cart
  • No license with letter rating, though yesterday one appeared stating that the cart was inspected in January!!
  • No price list

Our major complaint is that he has ruined our business. Beverage sales add up and we have hardly sold any since he is there.

Tram staff have made numerous complaints about him being in front of
the station (prior to construction fences) to no resolution.  His cart
attracts rats and vermin also gives off charcoal and fuel odors.

There is no reason why RIOC cannot move him 100 feet away from our entrance so visitors have easy access to our kiosk.

is funny that RIOC defends the rights of this cart over an island
organization and kiosk that has served the community for 15 years.

 Earlier today, I asked RIOC President Shelton Haynes:

I am preparing an article for today about the Hot Dog Vendor at Tram
Plaza operating and competing with the Roosevelt Island Historical
Society for sale of beverages

Does the Hot Dog Vendor’s permit allow him to operate in that area? If
it does, why did RIOC give the Hot Dog Vendor a permit to operate so
closely to the RIHS Visitors Kiosk? Has RIOC responded to any of the
complaints about the Hot Dog Vendor from RIHS President Judy Berdy?

… as we discussed yesterday at the National Night Out, I just want to make
sure as much as possible that the story is fair and accurate so a
response from RIOC would be appreciated.

… Please let me know if RIOC will comment on this matter.

Will update if RIOC replies.


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