There goes the neighborhood: Filthy Islamic Halal food carts in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn


What was once a beautiful, mostly Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, is going downhill fast with the influx of Muslim halal food venders, stinking up the streets with their foul-smelling food.


CBS  It’s a case of street vendor vs. local businesses in Brooklyn. A turf war is brewing in Bay Ridge, where some local brick and mortar stores are saying one cart is causing trouble.

sammy-kassenSammy Kassen, who manages the food cart, says he feels like he has been treated like an “animal” by some local business owners, who want him and his cart out of the neighborhood. The corner of 86th Street and 5th Avenue becomes a popular place to grab something quick to eat at lunch time. The halal food cart at the location has been on the same corner for the past three years, but in the past three months, some local businesses have been vocal about getting the cart to leave.

They’re kind of taking away from all the local businesses — Burger King, McDonald’s, the pizzeria, the Pork Store, everyone,” Tony Gentile, owner of the Lone Star Bar, told CBS 2′s John Schriffen.

Gentile’s establishment is down the block from the cart and he said it is ruining the neighborhood’s quality of life. “You can’t come down the block half the time because the corner is so crowded. There’s filth all over the floors,” he said.

The manager of the cart disagrees and claims he’s the one being harassed when the local businesses call the city to have his permits checked. “I feel like an animal. I feel like I’m not being respected like a human being. I’m a tax-paying business like anybody else. I’m a good citizen,” manager Sammy Kassen said.

Kassen is now fighting back. His lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to the owner of the the Lone Star Bar for allegedly making false claims. He is also asking for support from the community and has posted a sign asking all fans to join the cart’s Facebook page.

Kassen, who insists his permits are up to date and that he’s allowed to stay on the block, said he has no plans on leaving and hopes everyone can learn to get along.


44 comments on “There goes the neighborhood: Filthy Islamic Halal food carts in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

  1. Halal does NOT mean clean. It means the animal was cruelly slaughtered (similar to Kosher). Second “food” carts are NOT inspected by the Health Dept. I see these guys cooking food without their beards covered (as required by NYC health codes) and using putty knives from Home Depot to chop the food (also a violation). I’ve seen the van that delivers their supplies and it’s like a garbage truck, very filthy. They have made the corner of 86th and 5th very filthy. The sidewalk around the cart is almost black from all the spilled food. They also block the bike rack that the city installed at that corner. Have you asked “where do they wash their hands before preparing my food”? The same guy taking money then touches the food. GROSS!

    • MO, I have never bought anything from these carts in Manhattan. Not even a soda. Actually the smell of their cooking is nauseating. Yet people line up to buy this filth.

      Halal is NOT like Kosher:

      Kosher vs. Halal:
      Kosher – requires the animal be slaughtered quickly and humanely, strictly forbidding cruel slow methods like strangulation.

      Halal – requires the animal be bled out in agony while sick people who get off watching that kind of thing have a “festival.”

      Kosher – requires the blood be drained cleanly from the *carcass* of the humanely killed animal, removing toxins released from cells into the bloodstream at the moment of death from the meat.

      Halal –leaves the meat *filled* with toxins released at the moment of death because the blood is removed while the animal is dying and therefore is not present in sufficient quantities to remove those last toxins.

      Kosher – contains little to no cortisol or norepenepherine (two stress chemicals that are similar enough from mammal to mammal to cross species) because the animal to be killed is treated well before it is put down and is generally not frightened as it is put down (because in a truly kosher slaughter situation, animals cannot be slaughtered in a sequential fashion, as the waste of one could contaminate the next, so they are not exposed to the “scent of death” the way non-kosher culls are)

      Halal – animals watch other animals die during the blood letting festival, smelling their fear and raising their own stress. These stress chemicals “marinate” the meat in hormones known to raise levels of aggression and violence in nearly all mammal species (including human).

      Kosher – requires cooking the cleanly drained meat completely, cooking any remaining stress chemicals into oblivion.

      Halal – allows for a surprising range of cooking methods, including even some “tar tar” dishes (raw or nearly raw), allowing for the spread of disease and chemicals and hormones that were not removed by the idiotic slow bloodletting practice and half-measure cooking.

      Kosher – the spinal cord is sectioned thus cutting off pain to the brain. Therefore, no suffering or terror.

      Halal – spinal cord left intact.

    • I hate all muslims. They are all violent and filthy. Stupid black muslims don’t realize that the Arab muslims hate the black muslims. May they all eat swine and die.

  2. You got to be crazy to eat that filth, those guys pee in a can then they touch your food…. E. coli contaminated meat muslims are known for that… Also YOU’RE funding terrorism by buying that……NYC you need to wake up

  3. These are signs of the time . Is happening allover New York . I am surprised New Yorkers are willing to eat that halal shit. I guess they have these exotic cravings cause they cannot afford steak and potato anymore.

  4. Where the he// is the Italian Bosses when you need them? I know they are laying low but they will not give up THEIR territory this easily. I never thought I would want Gotti back to get rid of the real scum!

  5. Hog Maws and Chit’lins! Beans and Rice with Ham Hocks! I wonder if I could offend the Mohammedans by opening a “Soul Food/Southern Cooking” cart right next to them?

    I’d start up bright and early, about 6am, cleaning chit’lins and starting them cooking, with a fan to blow the odor toward the Mohammedan “Halal” carts. Of course, I’d have a separate part of the cart for kosher foods, prepared by a separate crew from those making the soul food!

    *beatific smile with horns*

  6. This is America people from the East ATTACK this Nation . It is still our right to not use that food cart and eat muslim food. Or want their why of life or why the live or their laws.

  7. All I can say to this is I am sure happy that I do not live there!Good neighborhoods are turning bad because of this invasion of the overseas aliens.To bad they are not green monster beings,,those we could legally kill!!LOL..

  8. Somebody needs to pull another cart right up next to this guy and start selling …The BaconBonanza Cart, or The Pork-a-palooza Cart, might work. All pork all the time.

  9. These carts engage in extremely nasty business practices. They look for existing carts, park next to them and engage in all maner of nasty tricks, threats and violence to drive away the cart that was in the spot previously. There have been articles in the New York dailies about these nasty creeps.

    If they just competed by being cheap and good then fine. But they use extremely unamerican nasty practices to drive out real independent businesses.

    Also eating halal meat is participating in animal sacrafice (kosher slaughter doesn’t involve the “blessing” that halal does)

    When the butcher slits the throat of the animal he must say literally “for allah the greatest”. I dunno if it’s the blood, the life of the animal or the killing of the animal which is being sacraficed to their god but any way you look at it, it can’t be anything else but animal sacrafice.

    And that they say the same thing when killing non muslims (“allah akbar”) as when sacraficing animals – Well, what do you think that means?

  10. Dawn has some good ideas. The best idea is to boycott the muslim slop trucks. No business they will move on and leave the corner.

  11. I’ve invented a new sport that you could use at this place.
    It’s called splat a muzloid. It involves running into a Muslim business, throwing slabs of bacon on them and running out of the door.

    • Damn, you beat me to it. A few decades ago those carts would have been there for about 5 minutes before they were run out of town for good.

      • Chris, Mr. BNI is from Bay Ridge. He told me that knowing the Italians from the old neighborhood, they won’t be there for much longer.

      • BNI, I lived in Bay Ridge for many years and saw the slow(then fast) influx of muslims there. There are very few street tough Italians left in the Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst areas. They’ve mostly moved to Staten Island. It truly was a magnificent neighborhood. Ahhh, I miss the old days.

  12. I just heard the doctor who helped the CIA find osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 33 years in jail. paki bums!!!

    • That’s absolutely and criminally EVIL as well as insane!!!!

      This proves to me, once and for all time, that Pakistan can – and should – NEVER, EVER be considered as a Western “ally”!!! This at the very least at the minimum as long as Muslims are governing that evil country!!!!

      First, our support and recognition should unreservedly go to India (made conditional upon their stopping ALL persecution of the Christian minorities of the nation), with the development of trade and other things being done there instead of with China, Pakistan or Bangladesh (or, for that matter, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma or Nepal – this last is also being very anti-Christian!!) as far as that area of the world goes.

      Second, ALL Pakistanis – and ALL MOSLEMS, while we’re at it – should be rounded up, stripped of any Western citizenship and other Western privileges they may have accrued (unless they have totally assimilated AND renounce Islam publicly and eternally!!!) and deported straight back to the Moslem world!!!! [Simultaneously, ALL Westerners should be quickly recalled from the Islamic stinkpot on pain of being otherwise regarded as themselves traitors. Any “hostages” that are seized by the Moslems should be retaliated for by impounding ALL Moslem assets in the Western world – to be released only as both Western “hostages” plus native Christian minorities are handed over to the West!!!]

      Third, cut ALL ties (diplomatic, commercial, etc.) with the Islamic world to the barest minimum possible – best of all if there be NO TIES WHATSOEVER!!!! Also, warn them (Moslems) that the least possible provocation could be grounds for Moslem cities and populations to be eradicated from the earth’s face!!!

      • That doctor, if he renounces Islam, can be amongst those minority people who can then be brought to the West in return for impounded Moslem assets and people here.

      • Do you understand how idiotic you sound right about now? First of all, we can’t possibly make a move without China since we’re in debt to them. And since China supports Pakistan and the Pakistani people, we can’t mess with them either. Secondly, it’s MUSLIM*; learn to spell properly. Thirdly, Muslims and Muslim countries could bring us down in heartbeat if they wanted. We need them more than they need us.
        So before coming here and blasting half of the world, get your facts straight.

      • Oh really? So it’s China’s fault for the “illegal slaughter of innocents” on Iraq and Afcrapistan?

        And we need mohammadan countries? For what?

        And just how can ignorant, unorganized, lazy, ass backwards (Yes, I am including the Western educated ones in this description), bufoons possibly “bring us down in a heartbeat”?

        Half the world? You clowns aren’t even 1/3 of the world’s population.

        Everything you’ve spewed is so typically arrogant and ignorant mohammadan saber rattling.

        Nice try, jihadi. We’re not islamphobes. We don’t fear you. The islamophobes are the leftists of the world who appease you and make excuses for you throwbacks because they fear you.

        To us who loathe you, your disgusting culture, and your vile ideology all your rhetoric is as frightening and factual as the nonsense coming out of the mouths of schoolyard bullies. Which in a nutshell describes the entire ummah.

  13. To that photo in the top right corner: Did they just dig up whatever slop in the dumpster and decide to throw it all together to call it “Halal” food? Why don’t they just get those Muslims a feeding trough in a barnyard instead of stinking up an area of the city with good restaurants?

    • How true. OMg I can’t quit laughing. I don’t even eat where I see a known muslim working. Who knows what they would do to your food.

    • I hate to admit it, but that slop is pretty tasty. Used to buy something similar from a food cart in Istanbul near one of the ferry stops. You can buy hotdogs or burgers with fries and everything smooshed together and floating in the condiments of your choice. However, there are no health codes or enforced health codes anywhere, not even in “four star” restaurants, in that “moderate” crapistan so I was damned if I did and damned if I didn’t.

      The United States is another story. Here we *do* have health codes and practices that must be followed. No exceptions. I have no doubt that the bearded half wit in this story does not follow them. So more power to the bar owner who’s trying to get junior jihadi shut down.

  14. Isn’t there a health code law about uncovered beards? I wouldn’t touch food from anyone that has a beard and does not have it covered. Do to the muslimes as they do to us, use the laws to stop them from selling halal food. Post signs in your restaurant windows about the halal method. Take some time to picket the halal food truck. They will lose business and then move or stop selling the food.

  15. I like Middle Eastern food myself and also Far Eastern, such as Indian and Pakistani, but I am nervous about buying from the carts because of the health risks. They have them in Philadelphia, and they have a few here in Buffalo, now downtown. But most of the time, I bought from Greek owners, but not usually Arab.

    Muslims like to brag about how clean they are. But examples show that this claim is often exaggerated. What? Wiping your ass with your left hand and eating with your right hand makes you clean? Washing your feet before going to pray in a mosque makes you clean?

    How about washing your hands!? Both of them. With soap and water! How about taking a bath or shower, with soap and water, washing under armpits, and other body crevices? How about using deodorant? Many Muslims don’t seem to believe in these things.

    How about cleaning your carts? Washing the floors, throwing away old food? Arab and Pakistani cart vendors have the worst and most frequent health violations.

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