Facing Criticism, Upper East Side Food Trucks Head West

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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  • MW

    food truck 86th

  • Peter

    I used to eat some meals from food trucks as a student in Philadelphia. I like that food purveyors operate food trucks in Manhattan. Every once in a while I get a $3 bacon, egg & cheese on a roll with a free small coffee. Now that’s a value.

  • edy

    Just looking at th people behind the trucks makes me not wan’t to buy anything.

    • harriet in ny

      wow, that’s really hard. Besides feeding into sterotypes its wrong, had you actaully been to a food truck or two you woud have noticed the vendor’s vary, alot, there’s no on group with a monopoly on food trucks

  • David Flores

    silly rabbits, tricks are for kids. truck food is delish and affordable.

  • niklu

    And you think food from the stores are safer and cleaner?
    Probably less rat droppings and roaches on the trucks

  • David Flores

    racist sexist bigotist UES hope you go hungry and cant get food from the trucks. your loss my gain.

  • edy

    Why would anyone eat out of those trucks. Where do the operators relieve themselves?. Where do they store these trucks & food overnight? I ate meat from one of those trucks once (one too many) & thought I was going to die from indigestion.

    • Devenio

      Maybe you should go back to Iowa. You surely are not a New Yorker.

  • William T.

    The UES was never meant to be a commercial strip for the trucks. But if the trucks are near educational institutions like Columbia, Barnard, then its a good thing…

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