A fruit stand on 67th Street and Broadway without any fruit now doesn’t have a stand either. The city Health Department shut it down this week after a complaint, the department told us.
The stand is run by a man named Mohamed Ismaiel, according to a New York Post story that delves into the mystery of why Ismaiel runs a fruit stand with no produce. On the rare occasions he has bananas, he tends to give them away. While Ismaiel didn’t comment for the story, his friends said that he’s complained about competitors lowering prices on fruit, and his Facebook page references conflicts with other vendors. Although he has no fruit, he opens every day in order to keep his spot, so someone else doesn’t take it.
The Health Department says he can reopen when he gets the right paperwork and inspection.
The Health Department inspected this fruit cart following a complaint. The vendor could not provide proof that the cart is serviced and stored at a commissary, which is in violation of the NYC Health Code. Once the vendor successfully completes the reopening process – which includes a pre-permit inspection and providing documentation that the unit is being serviced and stored at a commissary – the vendor will be allowed to reopen.