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NYC Parks Look To Expand Food Vendor Selections

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A food cart is seen outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY - Jan 8, 2009 - Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

A food cart is seen outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, NY – Jan 8, 2009 – Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP/ CBS New York) - Forget the pretzels and hot dogs. New York City’s parks may soon be offering a more diverse selection of foods.

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The Parks Department has formally issued a proposal for “high quality, specialty mobile food units” that would offer such items as Belgian waffles, gourmet soups, gelato and premium cookies.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told the New York Post that people shouldn’t have to leave the park to have something interesting to eat.

The new push cart and truck vendor fare would be offered in parks in all five boroughs, hopefully by summer.

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