Friday, June 15, 2012

It's About Time, Roosevelt Island Mobile Food Truck Permit Applications Finally Made Available From RIOC - But Will Anyone Come Due To Extra Fees and Regulations?


Here's the latest on Roosevelt Island Mobile Food Trucks. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) has finally issued food truck permit applications.According to the permit application:
PROCEDURE FOR MOBILE FOOD VENDOR PERMIT APPLICATIONS
1. Applicant completes the Mobile Food Vendor Permit Application Form and submits the form and all required attachments to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Parks and Recreation Department.
2. Upon review of application for completeness, the Parks and Recreation Department will circulate the application and attachments to the appropriate departments for approval.
3. Once all appropriate departments have processed and  approved the application, the Parks and Recreation Department shall submit the application and all attachments to the Vice President of Operations for approval.
4. Vending sites are designated by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation for placement of mobile food vendor carts/trucks.
5. Permit fee amount for each site is $345 per month. Permit fees must be paid by money order, certified bank check, official bank check or cashier’s check.
6. The deposit amount for each site is $345.00 which must be paid by money order, certified bank check, official bank check or cashier’s check.
7. Each year on April 1st, all sites will become available for reassignment.
8. Any violation of Title 17, Chapter 3, Subchapter 2, of the Administrative Code of the City of New York will result in the termination of a vendor’s permit. Vendor will also be held responsible for any costs incurred by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation for any said violation.
9. Insurance. Applicant agrees to maintain:
a. Commercial General Liability Insurance providing  both bodily injury including death and property damage insurance in a limit of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) combined single limit basis.  Such insurance is to be written on an occurrence basis and shall name each of the Indemnitees as an additional insured.
b. Automobile Liability and Property Damage Insurance (where applicable) in an amount not less than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) combined single limit for both bodily injury and property damage;
c. Worker’s Compensation Insurance and Employer’s General Liability Insurance as required under the Worker’s Compensation Law.

Certificates of Insurance for all aforementioned coverages shall be provided to RIOC prior to entering the Licensed Premises and bear notations evidencing a minimum of 10 day cancellation notice to RIOC.  The Applicant's Commercial General Liability Insurance policy shall name RIOC, the Empire State Development Corporation, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the State of New York and the City of New York as additional insureds.
The question now becomes if any Mobile Food Truck vendor will come to Roosevelt Island with the  extra RIOC fees and regulations that are not required in any other NYC neighborhood?

The complete Roosevelt Island Mobile Food Truck vendor application is here and the map of available locations here. The allowable locations for food trucks does include the West Promenade near the subway station which had been initially excluded by RIOC. Other locations include Lighthouse Park, Octagon Soccer Field, Tram Station and Southpoint Park. Existing street vendors are located at the Motorgate Farmers Market and Subway Station Fruit vendor.

9 comments:

YetAnotherRIer said...

I don't think this was made clear: the RIOC only allows one vendor per vending zone? How are the vendors assigned to each zone? Is it first come, first serve?

Anonymous said...

What a joke

Mark Lyon said...

Some responses from twitter:


Big Gay Ice Cream ‏@biggayicecream@markhlyon Damn, $345 a month, three month minimum? Gonna have to pass!

New York Street Food ‏@nystfood@markhlyon Thanks for the info Mark. I may write about it, but at $345/mo, don't know how many trucks will do it.

Westviewer said...

It's obvious that RIOC does not want food trucks on the island, the residents be damned. 

Jesse Webster said...

That fee is ridiculous, and for what? RIOC adds no value in its additional regulation of food trucks, except to "protect" the tiny number of bricks-and-mortar eateries we already have.

Westviewer said...

Not only is the fee exorbitant, the spread-out locations are counter-productive.   Groups of trucks together do better business than an isolated truck here and there.  For example, what if two people are out for a walk and one wants a taco and the other a falafel?  If the two truck are near each other, it's easy to satisfy both cravings.   If they are far apart, probably neither one will get the business.  

RIOC is either clueless, or thinks it is trying to be protective (but is still clueless.)

Anonymous said...

Where wil nonnos be putting a truck

Hibachi Heaven said...

Hey Mark we are Hibachi Food Truck and also interested in joining in

Mark Lyon said...

Yummy!  We'd love to have you.  Permit information is available on RIOC's website - 
http://rioc.ny.gov/generalapp.htm or you can call Donna Masly, the permit officer at 212.832.4563 for information on how to get started.  Look forward to dining with you soon.