06/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cupcakes At The Met? Museum To Sell Sweets After Hot Dog Crackdown

The Parks Department has come up with an antidote to the unauthorized vendors who've killed its once-lucrative hot dog business in front of the Metropolitan Museum -- cupcakes.

In the first deals of their kind, Queens-based Culinary Engineers, Inc. has won two separate permits to peddle the yummy confections on city property, one on the north side of the steps in front of the Met Museum and another in Washington Square Park.