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City Denies Guggenheim Permit to Build Food Kiosk

If you thought it all ended with cupcakes replacing hot dogs and vendors being shoved away from the Met, know that the three-way battle between New York City, food vendors and museums still rages on. This time, in a surprising turn, it was a museum losing the struggle, with the news that the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied the Guggenheim‘s request (PDF) to build “a free standing kiosk” in front of their building, one that was to serve food to visitors and passersby, but perhaps more specifically, to drive away the vendors who camp out there, and make a few bucks for themselves in the process. The Commission turned down the Guggenheim’s request at a public hearing, saying that hoisting up a new structure in front of their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building would damage the view of the iconic museum. As reported by WNYC, those who came out to protest the museum’s proposal also wanted to add, essentially, “Get over yourselves.”

Nadezhda Williams, director of preservation and research for the Historic Districts Council, spoke at the hearing against the application. “There’s already a restaurant and a cafe in the museum, and as has been pointed out, food carts are no stranger to the stretch of museum mile,” Williams said. “This isn’t going to change the situation of the sidewalk. It will just add more clutter, but in a very permanent way.”

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