Apparently, the Guggenheim is too posh for city-licensed curbside vendors. The Guggos wanted to run the vendors out by tacking a food kiosk onto the museum’s side (even though they already have a cafe and a restaurant inside). The competition would have driven cart vendors and their “blue and yellow umbrellas” and “inappropriate carnival like atmosphere” away and done a little ethnic cleansing on the whole knish operation, replacing it instead with a “slick” “European” feeding station.
The proposal was unanimously nixed by NYC’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday – not because of its potential devastation to struggling businesses, but because a tacked-on kiosk would “violate the integrity of this world-renowned building,” i.e. be fuggly.