I've lived in Bay Ridge for nearly 21 years.
I grew up here. I've watched the neighborhood change, I've seen/heard all the tongues clucking about the different populations moving in. And let me tell you, this has all become rather tiresome. The writing is on the wall in many ways, though legal issues are being used as convenient straw men and little else. That said, there are measures to be undertaken.
You don't like the cart? Don't purchase food from it. You don't like the guy who runs it? Voice your concerns to the appropriate authorities in an appropriate way. If the guy who owns Lonestar or any other citizen of Bay Ridge has legitimate questions about how this food cart operation is run, it's their/your right and moral imperative to ask those questions. You can ask the guy who runs it, you can ask the city. Those are your starting options. If the accusations made about both the Lonestar and the food cart can be proven in a quantifiable way, then DO IT the way it should be done: calmly and with a trail of paperwork. Those involved in this idiotic scenario know very well how to act like reasonable adults, you just chose to act like petulant children. And that's meant for BOTH sides.
What really sticks out for me is this question:
Do you feel the same way about food vendors who operate during the 3rd and 5th Avenue Festivals? If so, then the same inquiries should be made. If not, you're a raving hypocrite who needs to sit down and wipe the tears away long enough to realize that we live in a free market society. In essence, the food carts during the festivals are identical, save for the fact that they're operating on one specific day in one location. But what makes their appearance any better or worse than that of a Halal food cart? If you truly believe in a free market, you'd realize that you alone as one person can't cherrypick what stays and what goes. Supply and Demand does that very well for us. If enough people are willing to exchange money for certain goods and services (and it's legal), then it should stay in its place unbothered. Competition exists and should actively be encouraged, despite it favoring one side on a given day. One of the cornerstones of an ideal free market is minimal (ideally ZERO) governmental interference, which includes that of the local sector. But would you really want that? It's all well and good to trot that idea out to suit ourselves and our financial interests, but reality tells us a different story. Without some sort of oversight, monopolies will form and the abuse of things such as labor laws becomes a very real possibility. People complain that brick and mortar establishments have to jump through hoops to meet standards and rules set forth by the city, and bemoan the supposed "ease" of a food cart's existence. They're two different beasts entirely. A brick and mortar establishment is selling an experience, an atmosphere, a certain level of service is provided. And for that, they should be adequately compensated. A food cart is selling a simpler experience, a simpler atmosphere with a minimal level of service. Their overhead costs are obviously much smaller. The rules governing them can't be exactly the same simply because of what they are. But they can be similar. People have the right to know about sanitation concerns, food handling concerns and everything else that was mentioned. But inquiries needed to be made, not demands. There's a wide chasm of difference between the two.
As I said above, if someone has a legitimate concern...take it to a legitimate source and have them do their jobs. If you don't like the way things are being done, then get involved. Put your feelings into making a change, as opposed to puffing out your chest(s) and making a spectacle of yourselves for everyone in the area to gawk at. It's off putting to see adults who claim to be proud business owners engaging in what amounts to little more than a schoolyard fight over "territory".
The comments on here are very telling, and quite indicative of how deep xenophobia can run. That, unfortunately, is par for the course in Bay Ridge. It doesn't surprise me, but I do find it very sad.