Hot-dog vendors banned from Washington Square Park

A private conservancy has successfully lobbied the Parks Department to kick the street-meat vendors out, welcoming gourmet options instead

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park Wendy Connett

NYU students, tourists and passersby seeking frankfurters will have to look beyond Washington Square Park. Washington Square Park Blog first reported that the green space's two hot-dog vendors will be gone from the popular student hangout by the end of the year, having been ousted by Washington Square Park Conservancy. In March, the private group—which includes a city Parks Department employee—got the longtime food carts moved from the arch to the outer edges of the park, and now they're being kicked out.

The snacking options available in their stead are Otto Enoteca Pizzeria Gelato Cart, a gelato stand owned by Mario Batali (who was recently named to the conservancy board); NY Dosas, a popular and long-running South Indian crêpe cart; and, by spring 2014, ice-cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery. Don't get us wrong—we have absolutely nothing against ice-cream sandwiches, but the vendor switcharoo is conspicuously swapping in gourmet offerings for the humble street-meat stands.

A Parks spokesperson told the Post that the hot-dog vendors' contracts were allowed to expire to "ensure clear views of the fountain and arch and…to bring in a more diverse selection of food options."

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