New York City Parks Releases Bid Request

The New York City Parks Department has just released two Requests for Bids for mobile food concessions throughout the city.  One is for various parks throughout all five boroughs, and the other is for locations specifically within Central Park.

Both were issued yesterday, and both have a Tuesday, May 23rd deadline.  If you’re interested in applying, be sure to read thoroughly through the rules and regulations of the application and the operation.  Historically, NYC has enforced stringent bylaws for these types of operations, including menu items and pricing, operating hours, and initial capital cost requirements.


To read more, click here.  Requires log in to download the RFB documentation.

One Way to Go Green Today: Apply to be a Mobile Food Vendor at NYC Parks

The NYC parks department has issued a request for bids (RFB) for mobile food vendors at various park locations in Central Park and around the city. See below for details, and apply before Thursday, April 7th.

In accordance with Section 1-12 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a Request for Bids (“RFB”) for the sale of food from mobile food units at various park locations citywide (Solicitation #CWB2016B),and a Request for Bids for the sale of food from mobile food units at various locations at Central Park, Manhattan (solicitation #CWB2016A).

Hard copies of each RFB can be obtained, at no cost, commencing Wednesday, March 16, 2016 through Thursday, April 7, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.   All bids submitted in response to each RFB must be submitted by no later than Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Each RFB is also available for download, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 through Thursday, April 7, 2016 on Parks’ website.  To download the RFB, visit, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFB’s description.

For more information related to the RFB contact Zoe Piccolo (for Bronx and Staten Island Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email:; Eric Weiss (for Brooklyn Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email:; Joseph Conforti (for Queens Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email:, or Glenn Kaalund (for Central Park and Manhattan Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email:  


Jacob Riis Park Seeking Lease

Gateway NRA is seeking to lease Bay 9 at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. The goal is to provide fresh, creative and diverse food and beverage options to fulfill the NPS’ vision to create a destination known not only for its land and sea but for its food and enhanced seaside attractions as well. The Request for Proposal and Attachments A-G can be found here, questions and answers will be posted here.

Proposals must be received by the National Park Service no later than January 22nd, 2015 and can be submitted electronically at or addressed to:

Gateway National Recreation Area
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10305
Attention: Bay 9 RFP 

For more information on the space on the request for proposals process, click here.

RFB: Food Trucks at Central Park and Washington Square Park

A Request for Bids (RFB) has been released for Mobile Food Units at Central Park and Washington Square Park in Manhattan. These locations offer an opportunity for mobile food businesses to cater to a wide variety of customers at these popular NYC destinations. All bids in response to this RFB must be submitted no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 am.  

Hard copies of the RFB can be obtained through Friday, April 11, on weekdays only, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m at this location:

Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.

To download the RFB, visit and click on the “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link. Once you have logged in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFB’s description.


RFP Update: Brooklyn Culinary Incubator

The proposal deadline for the incubator space in Brooklyn we posted about a couple of weeks  ago has been extended to January 22nd. You may download the RFP and apply here.

RFP: Brooklyn Culinary Incubator

The NYCEDC is seeking proposals for an incubator space in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York or Crown Heights. A food-use related incubator program, such as food manufacturing, storage, or shared commercial kitchen space is preferred; however proposals for other incubator uses will also be considered.

The submission deadline is December 4, 2013 at 4pm, and you can download the RFP here.

RFP: Jamaica Workspace Opportunity

The NYCEDC is seeking proposals for a co-working space, business incubator or combination of the two in downtown Jamaica, Queens, preferably on or near Jamaica Avenue and/or Jamaica Station. The submission deadline is December 19, 2013 at 4pm.

NYCEDC will consider:

  • Co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups
  • Incubator programs for startups and small businesses in the fashion, technology, new media services, arts/cultural, culinary and other business sectors
  • A combination of the two

If interested, you may submit questions no later than 5pm on November 15, 2013 to or call the Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969.

You can download the RFP after registering for free here or pick it up in-person between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday from NYCEDC at:

110 William St, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk (btwn Fulton and John sts.)