Police Shut Down ‘Rent-a-Vet’ Hot Dog Carts at Met

84237103 Police Shut Down Rent a Vet Hot Dog Carts at Met

Simpler times (2009).

Yesterday police carted away two hot dog vendors after they refused to move their carts from two lucrative spots just outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The two vendors, Armando Crescenzi and Howard Dalton, were recently the subject of a New York Times City Room story that described how they used their military veteran status, and a 19th century loophole, to secure free operating permits while rival food carts in the same location — a pretzel cart and a cupcake cart — paid the city around $100,000 for theirs. Since their work schedule was dubious, the two men were accused of being “rent-a-vets.” The Times reporter even caught one literally napping on the job:

“’They got the cart, I got the permit: it’s a partnership,’ [Mr. Crescenzi] said. ‘I’m 50 percent of this operation, even if I show up and take a nap.’”

Mr. Crescenzi locked himself in his car yesterday to avoid being served a summons for illegally doing business in that location, the Post reports, though he and Mr. Dalton were both eventually arrested. Their carts were impounded.


  1. Armandocrescenzi says:

    You story shows that you are not interested in the truth norr do you care about vveterans.
    Follow me on facebook. For the truth contact me. Veterans First!!!!
    Go find another country that doesdnt send young people to War. You must work for the illegal cartel known as the Parks Dept. And a brown nose of the current administration of King Bloomberg.

    1. Armandosucks says:

      Crescenzi’s Facebook page is
      More than an advertisement for his
      Services. Don’t bother.’he will harass

  2. Mmarklod says:

    Crescenzi is a disbarred lawyer
    who calls total strangers drunk
    and late at night. He sends sucidial
    text messages and makes a general
    of himself.

  3. Mmarklod says:

    The guy is nuts stay away.

    1. Mariapendelton says:

      Crescenzi calls
      People he
      Doesn’t knownat 1:30am- drunk. Says he
      To kill himself and
      Wants to
      Reporters and cops. If you
      Don’t take his call- he
      Will harass
      You. Says he makes $40,ooo per week. How
      does he qualify for legal aid? Lives with his
      Mother, is in famy court for non payment of
      Child support. Dies he
      Smoke his

  4. Concernedcitizen@aol.com says:

    Mmarlod is a psycho bitch and a police informant that needs to take her meds and leave the sauce alone