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East Villagers claim Halal cart devalues the neighborhood

December 29, 2013 01:00PM

A Halal food vendor and the intersection of East 2nd Street and Avenue A

A Halal food vendor and the intersection of East 2nd Street and Avenue A

WEEKENDEDITION Forget bars, the East Village has a new scourge: the Halal food cart. A new falafel vendor has set up shop at East 2nd Street and Avenue A, offending locals with its smell and by drawing drunken crowds. 

The cart has only been in the neighborhood three days, but that was plenty of time for residents to start complaining.

“You’re going to attract more people on the corner while everyone is upstairs trying to sleep,” Dan Forkin, who lives above the cart’s new home, told the New York Post. “It’s already noisy to begin with. There’s already the shittiest bars on earth on this corner, so you’re already getting everyone who is obliterated here, and now you add this.”

Fliers have even begun circulating that claim the cart is “devaluing” the neighborhood. But cart owner Farouq Ortega and his wife, Maribel, are defiant, according to the Post.

“They need to understand that we’re in a free country — and we can’t please everyone,” Maribel said. “Legally, we have a right to be there — we’re not bothering anyone, and I don’t think it’s fair that we move.” [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • Kantcant

    The City Council needs to do something about these carts in residential neighborhoods. They are filthy, have no running water, leave grease in the streets, burn gasoline generators under people’s windows, and cause huge noise issues where people are trying to sleep. I completely understand these in a commercially zoned area, but in front of people’s homes this is unacceptable. And Maribel Ortega, excuse me, you do not have a right to be within 25 feet of any doorway, or blocking the sidewalk, or dumping garbage on the street, or waking people up at all hours of the night with your portable “business,” Yes, we live in a “free country.” We have a right to be able to get in and out of our homes, be safe on our sidewalks and sleep in our apartments.

    • RobotChupacabra

      Oh your safety is ever so threatened by the scary man with the food stand.

    • Omer77

      :( Poor you.

  • RobotChupacabra

    Oh look, people who complain about everything are complaining about something. Grow up and stop being so melodramatic. It’s a damn food stand. Few things more annoying than suburbanites moving into NYC and trying to turn it into the boring suburban wasteland they came from.

  • David

    Allah Eat halal Porky!

  • NuYawka

    Why do these people live in the East Village? (Vocal minorities). This is NYC, I love conviences like nearby Halal and bars. If you don’t like it, close your window or move!

  • Milt On

    Buy some earplugs you whiny NIMBYite. Do you think you’re the first person to ever see a halal cart?