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Food Fight Heats Up Over Pot Luck Cafe Food Truck On Upper West Side

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The Pot Luck Cafe food truck on the Upper West Side - New York, NY - Jun 21, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

The Pot Luck Cafe food truck on the Upper West Side – New York, NY – Jun 21, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - A food fight on the Upper West Side is getting nastier.

Residents living on West 68th Street near Broadway say the Pot Luck Cafe food truck takes up parking spaces and runs a noisy generator.

Dorchester resident Barbara Feldman says she has called the authorities but so far no action has been taken.

“I think that it’s unfair of anybody, no matter who it is, to invade a street and assume that it’s their property,” she says. “I have stopped the DOT. I have called the police station. I’ve gone to the Fire Department. Everyone says they’ll look into it. You know, it’s just an abuse.”

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The truck is owned by Korean war veteran Edward Prokopiak, who says he’s already been chased from a spot around the corner.

“I served my country sixty years ago. I’m an 82-year-old veteran. I earned this license and I’m going to stay there whether they like it or not,” he said Tuesday. “I was told that one of the tenants in the building [across the street] said they did not want a ‘ghetto truck’ in the area. It’s not a ghetto truck.”

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Co-op resident Carol Green doesn’t see a problem.

“My understanding is the city has given him all his permits and I don’t have an objection. He’s just trying to make a living,” she says.

Evelyn Walsh is a food truck fan.

“I find them very convenient. You don’t have to go into a store. They’re right there and I think they’re great,” she says.

Both sides agree on one thing. The rules governing street vendors need to be clarified.

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