Watch Police Crack Down on Food Carts, Circa 1903 [VIDEO]
Policing food carts on the city streets is certainly nothing new. It’s likely a contributing factor to why some of your favorite meal-on-wheels oftentimes hit up different neighborhoods. But, again, it’s been happening for over a hundred years. Just check out this awesome video clip, a public domain black-and-white called “Move On” dating back to 1903.
In it we see the hustle-bustle of pushcart fruit vendors within stone’s throw of the Third Avenue elevated train. Toward the end of the clip, a policeman is seen heading up the street, nightstick in hand, ordering all of the vendors to disperse. The cart in the foreground then begins moving.
As to the exact location of the video, it’s fairly difficult to ascertain. Best guess, according to our resident historian Allison Siegel, is likely Rivington and the Bowery.
What’s your best guess?