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NYC Adds Permits for Food Carts and Pittsburgh Adds All You Can Eat Section at Ball Park

The Big Apple Gets Fruity and Pirates Can Eat All They Want

Two east coast food stories caught my eye and the juxtaposition of them is downright comical. The two stories seem to encapsulate the tensions of trying to live the healthy life in this modern age.

First the good news: New York City will be issuing new permits for mobile fruit and vegetable stands – 1,000 of them in fact. This is the Big Apple's latest attempt to combat obesity and bring fresh produce to low income neighborhoods where fruit and veggies are scarce. There are currently about 4,000 permits for produce stands in wealthy Manhattan, so the neighborhoods like the South Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn will have access to these "green" carts too.

To see what the Pirates are up to in Pittsburgh just


On the flip side comes a new tactic to get baseball fans into the stadium to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play. Following a trend found in other stadiums, PNC Park, Pittsburgh's baseball stadium, will be offering an All-You-Can-Eat seating section during specific games for the 2008 season. For $35, you can watch the game and without ever leaving your seat eat all you want of the following concessions: hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, salads, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream and soda. Where are the Cracker Jacks from the lyrics of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." It seems to me the only real physical activity a person can get while watching a game is climbing the stairs after buying concessions.

Which trend sounds more appealing to you? Me, I am for mobile veggie carts.


Join The Conversation
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm all about the veggie carts!! I wish we had them here...that would be so awesome. When I was in college and had limited access to grocery stores, there was a mobile fruit and veggie cart that was about a 5 minute walk from my dorm and I'd go there to buy a sack of apples or pears. They were SO yummy!
AMP AMP 9 years
Veggie carts! We have them in LA, I love to go get some fresh cut up fruit whenever I want. So yum
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
That soft pretzel in the pic looks so good!
lakshmi_g lakshmi_g 9 years
We spoke to a mother in East Harlem yesterday who was excited about the plan to have more fruit and vegetable vendors in New York. She primarily buys fruits and vegetables from delis because supermarkets are too expensive. You can see our coverage here.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
in la, i go to the mexican fruit stands and get my fill of fresh fruit with chili powder. yum. heard it's not too sanitary though. oh wells, whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
well they already have the all you can eat seats at dodger stadium. the ball park's one of the few places, where i don't feel any guilt about enjoying a beer, hot dog, and some garlic fries.
Alexisis Alexisis 9 years
The fruit stands street-side are definitely one of the perks of visiting my sister in the city - they make for a nice snack while trucking around the city all day
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Mobile stands, wooo.
LeLeBabii5 LeLeBabii5 9 years
wow....... and america wonders when it became SO OBESE!!!! totally unnecessary
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 9 years
veggie carts .whoop!whoop!
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