09/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Police Crack Down On Food Vendors Outside The Met

In what appeared to be a coordinated crackdown on the proliferation of food vendors - many of them disabled veterans - outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, police officers swooped down on Fifth Avenue on Wednesday and began issuing hefty summonses, as well as ordering at least one vendor to shut down his cart.

In all, officers from the Central Park Precinct wrote seven summonses to vendors who had "positioned their carts beyond the curb line," Paul J. Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said.

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