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“Crony Capitalism” and Food Trucks

Crony capitalism is a pejorative term describing an allegedly capitalist economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between businesspeople and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and so forth.

Crony capitalism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals.

Crony Capitalism” – Wikipedia

Rich Taco Trucking
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mike Saechang

Government regulation is often a tool for incumbent businesses to prevent competition from new businesses, contrary to the conventional wisdom that Big Government provides a check on Big Business.

Today’s example: DC restaurants using regulation to kill DC food trucks:

Big Business and Big Government vs Food Trucks,” Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner, September 23, 2010

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Best deal for hard economic times

After casting my vote at Hunter College with a minimal wait … the TV media was very sensational about long lines … I went to Chinatown and ate at my local hawker stall on south-east corner of Canal & Mott Streets …. three deep-fried vegetable spring rolls for $1.00 and fried vegetable chow-mein for $1.25 … I walked to the Hong Kong supermarket on Hester Street and bought a can of cool coconut juice for $0.89 … the best deal for this hard economic times … cheaper then the cost of the tip at a 4-star fancy up-town restaurant …
Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester Street., New York [Yelp]

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Fourth Annual Vendy Awards, October 18, 2008

Nominations are open and tickets are for sale for the Fourth Annual Vendy Awards, which will take place Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 3-7 pm in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Purchase your tickets while they last to what has been called New York’s “biggest food event of the year”: www.streetvendor.org/vendys
Tobacco Warehouse, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO, 68 New Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Tony Dragonas

An update on Tony Dragonas, the Greek street-hawker….
I have noticed with great sadness that the city planted tree has been totally embalmed with the greasy-smokey BBQ fire. That poor tree could not survive the constant bombardment of smoke and heat. It is now a blackened dead tree.
This is the good-and-bad about Tony Dragonas… I suppose he must be sent to a re-education camp…
Post by Peter

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Save Tony!

Tony Dragonas has been a vending fixture on the East Side of Manhattan (62nd and Madison) for nearly 25 years.

Last year, a jealous restaurant owner down the street started making complaints to the Department of Health.

Now the City wants to revoke Tony’s vending permit and license. For good. For real.

Save Tony!” The Street Vendor Project

Tony Dragonas – best grilled hamburger in NYC?” A Guy In New York, January 10, 2006
Food Fight: City Hall vs. Vendor,” by Colin Moynihan, The New York Times, May 22, 2008
From Silver To Street Vendors,” by Elizabeth Benjamin, News Blog, NY Daily News, May 22, 2008

The Department of Health will ask the judge to revoke Tony’s license and permit. Tony will be there, with his lawyers, making a defense. The hearing is open to the public for people who want to observe and/or testify in support of Tony. Please come!

You can support Tony by appearing at his hearing, scheduled for June 5, 2008, 9:30 am. NYC Office of Administrative Tribunals and Hearings (OATH), 40 Rector Street, 6th floor, New York , NY 10006

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Red Hook taco vendors

We’ve not tried any of the food from the Red Hook taco vendors, but if it’s sold around a soccer field we’re confident that it is worth trying. Thanks for the tip Ed!
Ikea Hack: Free Ferry and Bus Service Will Give Easy Access to Red Hook Ball Field Vendors,” Ed Levine’s New York Eats, May 16, 2008

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Third Annual Vendy Awards

The Third Annual Vendy Awards are round the corner and nominations are now open, The Vendy awards seeks to recognize the best the street food vendor in New York City.


Vendies Home Page, and the Nominations Page.
The awards ceremony is Saturday, September 29th 2007, 3:00 – 8:00 pm. Tickets: $60-$1000

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2nd Annual Vendy Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Vendy Awards … last year, our favorite, Tony Dragonas, was a finalist … to nominate your favorite street vendor, fill out this online form

2nd Annual Vendy Awards
, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, Second Avenue and East 10th Street

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Tony Dragonas – best grilled hamburger in NYC?

Tony Dragonas, street vendor who has been serving great hambburgers and souvlaki at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue for many years … just one block from Central Park/5th Avenue … weekdays only …

Tony Dragonas grilling
Tony Dragonas grilling …

Tony Dragonas may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC
may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC

Tony Dragonas outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes
try the outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes – it is a large meal with a very generous portion of bite-sized grilled chicken …

Tony Dragonas gyros plate with rice and salad
and if you like lamb get the gryos pita … and make sure to get the secret tzatziki sauce (a yogurt sauce with cucumber and herbs) and on the pita offerings … you can also get the pitas as plates (pictured above), with salad and rice, for an additonal $1 …


Tony Dragonas was a finalist in the 2005 Vendy Awards

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Tony and John Dragonas – street vendors

Tony Dragonas at 62nd Street and Madison Avenue (a finalist in this year’s Vendy Awards) in action over his grill … when hungry for a stick of grilled meat (Soulaki) or a delicious charcoal grilled hamburger … with his secret sauces … mmmmmmmmmm … preparing his chicken soulaki on pita bread and special yoghurt saucemozzarella and procuitto sandwichgrilled T-bone steak … hot-dogs … yummy … for a very special lunch, walk across the street to Sherry-Lehman (679 Madison Avenue) and purchase a nice bottle of wine …
Tony Dragonas’ street food-cart is located on the south-west corner of 62nd Street and Madison AvenueJohn Dragonas’ cart is located on the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue … Sherry-Lehman is located on the east-side of Madison Avenue (679), between 62nd and 61st Streets …


Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Smile, Tony … he finally turned around for a formal shot …

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
62nd Street and Madison Avenue

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Tony Dragonas … smoking and grilling over the charcoal fire …

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Tony Dragonas, the Greek soulaki chef … cooking furiously on 62nd Street and Madison Avenue …

John Dragonas, street vendor, 64th Street and Madison Avenue
John Dragonas, Tony’s brother, in action at the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue on Monday, November 7, 2005



First Annual Vendy Awards, Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:00 – 10:30 pm


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