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The 50-Vendor Poll

Our highly unscientific sampling of cart operators’ opinions.

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How much money do you make per year?
$0 to $5,000…. 6
$5,000 to $10,000…. 7
$10,000 to $20,000…. 19
$20,000 to $30,000…. 7
$30,000 or more…. 4
No response…. 7

What’s your nationality?
Egyptian…. 23
Bangladeshi…. 7
Afghan…. 6
Moroccan…. 5
Vietnamese…. 2
Jamaican…. 1
Algerian…. 1
Argentine…. 1
Puerto Rican…. 1
Russian…. 1
Ecuadoran…. 1
Uruguayan…. 1

How many years have you lived in the U.S.?
0 to 5…. 18
6 to 10…. 12
11 to 15…. 8
16 to 20…. 5
21 or more…. 7

How clean would you say your cart is?
Extremely clean…. 26
Clean…. 21
Not very clean…. 1
Dirty…. 0
No response…. 2

How clean are other people’s carts?
Extremely clean…. 7
Clean…. 26
Not very clean…. 4
Dirty… 0
No response…. 13

Have you ever dropped a hot dog and put it back when no one was looking?
Yes…. 5
No…. 42
No response…. 3

What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever seen?
“Pigeons eating food off the cart.”
“Someone blew his nose in the food.”
“My sink.”

What’s your favorite cart food?
Hot dogs…. 11
Chicken or chicken and rice…. 10
Gyro…. 4
Shish kebab…. 3
Coffee…. 3
Baked potatoes…. 2
Coconuts…. 2
Peanuts…. 1
Falafel…. 1
Almonds…. 1
Fruit…. 1
Oxtail…. 1
Cherries…. 1
Nuts…. 1
Doughnuts…. 1
No Answer…. 7

Who makes the better customers, New Yorkers or tourists?
New Yorkers…. 31
Tourists…. 12
No response…. 7


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