Disabled veterans are at an advantage when it comes to food carts parked on prime real estate in New York City. For many years, food cart vendors paid licensing fees in excess of $500,000 to park their small businesses outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Then, two years ago, Dan Rossi took advantage of a 19th century law that allowed disabled veterans access to certain areas that non-veterans must pay to use.
Other disabled vets soon followed Rossi's lead, and as many as eight carts can now be found in the area outside the museum. Other vendors find it hard to compete with the veteran-owned carts which have continued to benefit from the law Rossi capitalized on.
The city, which has been deprived of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue from food cart licenses, has thus far permitted the carts to remain at the Met, but police often ticket carts that are not in a small area designated for food vendors.
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