Tavern on the Green Could Become a Site for Street Vendors
By Leslie Albrecht
UPPER WEST SIDE — The future of famed Central Park eatery Tavern on the Green could include up to four hot dog carts and a bike rental business.
As the city continues its search for someone to open a new restaurant on the famous site, the former Tavern space will become a visitor center with plans by the city to solicit bids for up to four "specialty carts" to do business there for up to a year.
The city is also looking at turning the parking lot into a bike rental spot.
The public gets a look at those plans tonight when Community Board 7's Parks & Environment Committee meets with parks department officials to discuss the restaurant site's future.
The iconic restaurant closed in January after its owners filed for bankruptcy.
Tonight's meeting will give the public more details on the vendor carts, the bike rental business and plans to use the space as a visitor center, said Community Board 7 District Manager Penny Ryan.
Neighbors along Central Park West are watching the site's future closely, Ryan said.
"People on Central Park West are interested because they would just as soon not see another restaurant come in because of all the noise they had with the Tavern," Ryan said.
Community Board 7's Parks & Environment Committee meets at 7 p.m. at 250 W. 87th Street.