This excellent video on NYC’s street food vendors will give you an overview of how important these food carts are to how NYC operates as a City.
But the process of getting and using a food cart permits has been taken over by criminal elements who are illegally exploiting the New Yorkers at the coalface trying to earn a living by the time honored means of selling food in the street.
Many are reduced to earning only $400-600 per week which isn’t enough to support their families. A recent expose in the NYTimes has exposed the corruption and it is hoped action will now be taken. NYTimes