Are Lemonade Stands Allowed?
One refreshing antidote to the stifling heat: lemonade.
But lemonade stands — a summertime staple for American children — are not as easy to find in the city as they are in the suburbs or at the beach.
Which got us wondering: Are they even allowed here?
Though most young entrepreneurs don’t encounter problems setting up folding tables and selling carafes of freshly squeezed lemonade to thirsty (read: supportive or nostalgic) passers-by, it isn’t unheard-of for unsuspecting children to have their stands shut down because of complaints from neighbors or businesses. Even a stand put up by Jerry Seinfeld’s family in East Hampton was shuttered.
Families without proper vending or health permits have had to close stands in Oregon, Texas, California and Colorado.
In the city, operators of pop-up lemonade stands are required to obtain a Temporary Food Service Establishment permit, according to Carolina Rodríguez, a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. But city officials don’t usually make a big deal of it, she added.