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New Food Vendors Sought for Hudson River Park

By Andrea Swalec | February 6, 2013 6:44pm

MANHATTAN — New food and drink options are coming to Hudson River Park starting this spring.

The 5-mile-long park, which runs along Manhattan's west side, is seeking bids for seven new food carts and trucks opening May 1 at park locations in Battery Park City, TriBeCa, Hudson Square, the West Village and Hell's Kitchen, according to a request for proposals issued Friday.

The additions to the park will more than double the number of mobile food vendors there. 

Aiming to offer more food and drink options in the park at a range of price points, the Hudson River Park Trust is seeking vendors that sell at least two items for $2 or less.

"We want to make sure that we have enough variety in the park so that people don't need to leave in the middle of their activity to grab something to eat or drink," a Trust spokeswoman said Wednesday. "This is about making the Hudson River Park experience even better for our visitors."

The park, which is facing a projected $80 million deficit over the next 10 years, will collect monthly fees from the carts and trucks based on sales, according to the RFP open through March 15.

Hudson River Park, which is visited an estimated 17 million times per year, currently has six mobile food vendors that sell ice cream, hot dogs, drinks and empanadas, plus restaurants and cafes at Pier 45, Chelsea Piers, Pier 66 and Pier 84.