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Facing Criticism, Upper East Side Food Trucks Head West

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A halal food truck operates at East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue (Photo/Gabriela Resto-Montero, DNAinfo.com)

A halal food truck operates at East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue (Photo/Gabriela Resto-Montero, DNAinfo.com)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Food trucks continue to be a big hit on the streets of Manhattan, but that popularity has not translated to the Upper East Side.

Some residents say the trucks take up valuable parking spaces and City Councilwoman Jessica Lapin had even introduced legislation in June seeking to take away a truck’s license after three parking violations.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

One of the trucks in the middle of the controversy is Patty’s Tacos truck, which spent over two years operating from a location on East 86th Street at Lexington Avenue, according to DNAinfo.com. The truck was recently towed away by police after a series of tickets and violations.

The taco truck has since moved to the Upper West Side and set up shop on Broadway and 118th Street.

After facing complaints and criticism, some of the food trucks have decided to move their establishments to Columbia University. That move has some students excited.

“I think it’s smart of them to migrate over here,” one student told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

After spotting a hot apple cider from the “Sweet Treats” truck, the student believes the Upper East Side’s loss has become the West Side’s gain.

“Anything like this, for example, like can totally swing up the day — freezing weather during exam period. I think it’s smart of them,” she said.

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