Hot dogs, at least the organic artisanal sort, have been having a bit of a renaissance in some quarters of Brooklyn. But let’s get real. They are not high class. Unlike the Beresford. And Beresford residents, while they may be subjected to the indignity of passing a hot dog cart in the course of their day, do not want to see one every time they walk out the front door.
A battle is brewing, reports The Real Deal, and the towered luxury co-op wants the hot dog vendor who has been parked in front of the building at Central Park West and West 81st Street since the spring to get off its lawn. Or the narrow strip of subway between the street and the subway entrance that would be the lawn if it had one (instead of a gated interior court).
After all, while the Beresford has a reputation for being somewhat more laid back than its luxury companions across the Park, the building does have standards. And the interests of upscale residents such as Jerry Seinfeld and John McEnroe have to be considered.
“This vendor occupies a very narrow part of the congested sidewalk at the northwest corner of Central Park West and West 81st Street, right in front of the subway entrance, and poses both a safety hazard and adds considerable refuse along the street, including overflowing garbage receptacles,” building manager Alex Kalajian wrote The Real Deal in a statement.
The sidewalk is dirty. The generator on the cart is noisy. And then there’s ever-present the odor of hot dogs. It’s just. too. much.
The board has filed several complaints with the authorities about the vendor without success, Mr. Kalajian said.
Too bad for the Beresford, but the vendor is well within his rights to set up where ever he wants, city officials told the paper. The vendor has a valid permit and a spokesman said that vendors are allowed to change their locations if they want to. This vendor’s decision to shift corners may have been motivated by purely for economic reasons, as Mr. Kalajian claims, but the man—a Middle Eastern immigrant who speaks limited English according to someone from the community board—is an entrepreneur, after all. And most entrepreneurs pick locations for purely economic reasons.
“We have a list of intersections that, for a variety of reasons, [might be off limits]. Maybe it’s close to a subway entrance or in an area of really bad traffic. Otherwise, they’re free to go wherever they want.”
On the bright side, it’s never been easier to get a snack.