Vendors won't be hawing hot dogs

February 28, 2008 5:13:48 AM PST
New push carts are coming to the Big Apple.

But the vendors won't be hawking hot dogs.

New York's City Council has passed a bill to issue 1,000 new permits for street vendors.

But there's a catch.

The vendors have to sell fruits and veggies in neighborhoods where fresh produce can be as hard to find as a parking space.

Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden says the aim of the program is to bring fresh produce back into neighborhoods where diabetes and obesity rates have skyrocketed.

Permits for the new carts will be phased in over two years.