The prolonged pain of a desolate New York for street businesses

The prolonged pain of a desolate New York for street businesses

In 2012, Josh Gatewood — then in his 20s, living in New York City and surviving on food stamps — won $25,000 in “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

“It changed my life,” says the 36-year-old father of one, who invested his spoils in a food truck and permit and began selling all-American chicken tenders to hungry New Yorkers. His business was a success. In 2015, Gatewood set up his second truck and in 2017, his third, under the umbrella name Yankee Doodle Dandy’s. 

Then COVID-19 struck. 

Gatewood’s chicken tender empire crumbled before his eyes. Over the past year,…

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