I'm not sure if coffee/breakfast carts exist as prevalently in other areas as they do in NY, but I've grown accustomed to them and simply wanted to voice my support for these guys.
A lot of building owners and BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) hate them, basically because they don't have to pay anyone. Same goes for the pretzel guys, halal food, etc.. I used to work for a BID and when I found out how much they detested the guys, I really enjoyed spending a dollar or two most mornings.
I only remark on it now, because I recently switched jobs and am not anywhere near my old cart guy. He was the nicest dude and I always made a point to tip him. Now, I am faced with blocks of new carts, none of which feel right. The one I've "chosen" now is simply because there are the fewest people in line, though I have found a cart manned by a team (unheard of), who seem pretty jolly, but it's in a busy spot. Which is a downside. My current dude is pretty surly and seems to disappear a lot. Maybe he's got irritable bowel syndrome.
Now, what I have discovered with the new job, is that I'm close to the old deli I used to frequent at a different old job for coffee. This throws a wrench in my overall plans but is generally exciting. The coffee here is better. And my old MS-13 buddy works there. Not sure if he was actually a gangbanger, but he’s got some gnarly fucking tattoos that I’d always meant to ask about. And now I can.
There's no real point to this thread other than I support coffee cart businessmen and am thoroughly distraught at not having my usual high-fiving, free-wheeling coffee-and-possibly-donut-if-the-mood-strikes-me-i.e.-I'm-hungover-interaction.
You’ll find I am also extremely cheap when it comes to coffee. I drink a lot of it and can certainly tell the difference between cheap coffee and good coffee shop coffee. But I hate coffee shops. I’m sure a rant exists somewhere about that, too.