Washington Square Park’s Hot-Dog Vendors Get the Boot

They'll be gone by the end of December.
They'll be gone by the end of December. Photo: edenpictures/flickr

Washington Square Park’s on its way to becoming a bougie food destination: The Parks Department’s private (read: affluent) conservancy board members have decided to let the contracts of two hot-dog vendors expire because they’re “unsightly.” Mario Batali’s Otto gelato cart and the beloved all-vegan N.Y. Dosas cart will stay, and Melt will set up shop selling gourmet ice-cream sandwiches. Whether or not you’re pleased with the glamorous revamp, it’s questionable if this park conservancy should even have the power to make these types of decisions. [NYP, Washington Square Park Blog]