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

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.”

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Upper West Side

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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  • Blimpie Debased

    And the other restaurants that are in the area who pay rent really love
    that this vendor can pull up and just be in business.
    My older Brother served in the US Army in the Korean war and he is dead so what does the military have to do with this? These food trucks are getting numerous
    and should pay to use the street a rent equal to the rent our shark landlord’s
    get in a building. Roach Coach Rents, cool thought.

  • Bruce Goldensteinberg

    Those in this article are nothing more than anti-American lowlives. This man put his life on the line for ALL of us and now you want to spit in his face? all those who savage him on this board are no different from those who spat upon returning heros from Viet Nam. I wish i could find you people and get in your face!

    • dave

      Please don’t get in my face Bruce. That would be very very scary for me.

  • nathan

    Up at 559 just to impersonate me? Dude that IS sick lol.

    • nathans brother


  • NaRd

    Hey guys! what’s up. I’m just joining in. I’m black, my name Nard and I think y’all are being dumb. I just wanted to say HEY to all you haters, cut it OWT

  • Yup

    This man cannot afford to live on Social Security because over the years the politicians spent all the money. He has done eveything he is required to do under city codes to own and operate this truck. About time an American Citizen is allowed to operate one of these roach coaches. Now if we can just get rid of the illegal ones then maybe he can actually earn some money for his efforts.

    • debbie

      he should have vegan options, he sounds like a chauvanist pig!

    • debbie

      I agree Yup. But his food isn’t organic, so he should move the truck.

      • NaRd

        with debbie

      • NaRd

        I agree

      • KPMc

        beg pardon? You don’t like his food so he should move? It’s not organic? Elitist trash!

  • Devenio


    • evensteven

      NYC subway you suck! look at all the racist blacks you have on your trains! always preaching hate towards whites!

      • joey

        now now, guys we all know that race has nothing to do with this guys truck, Devenio, we dont appreciate klan members on the site so chill out with that anti-black talk

  • Devenio

    Hey reasonableguy… Please tough guy… Post your real name and address… I wanna come over and say hello to a fellow klan member.

    • ted

      Hey Devenio, if youre a klan member you better keep that garbage to yourself, we dont like biggots here in nyc

  • Devenio

    Hey, if you don’t like truck, move. Its a free country.

  • cindy

    this guy urinates in the food!!

    • JustSaying

      Only in yours Cindy, because he knows how much you love it!

      • Big Nard

        JustSaying that’s funny, but you never see these street vendors go to the bathroom. I bet that habib dude showers once a week. If that.

      • Big Nard

        That’s funny.

  • paul

    “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,”

    this guy sounds as dumb as they come, no wonder he fought a rich mans war

    • Sonny

      THat time would put in under the Korean conflict. Where do you tie together Communism to wealth?

      • paul

        HMMM lets see, have you ever heard for the military-industrial complex? wow you are no brighter than he is Sonny boy!

    • ham07

      Paul you aren’t that swift either.
      Military industrial complex was coined in 1961 when Eisenhower left office. This was about the cold war, and weapons aresenals.

      The Korean war ended in 1953 and was a war in idealogy, it was not a rich’s man war. Back to school for you or go to Iraq, that my friend is a rich man’s war. Hippie wannabee

      • joshua goldenbloom

        “a war in ideology?” haha thats the funniest thing ive heard all day…….yes Ham, its ideas that shape the world….it has nothing to do with power or wealth


      • paul

        Yes, Ham, the military industrial complex is something that only came about in 1961………moron…………the concept has been around for thousands of years just because it was coined in american pop culture in 1961 that doesnt mean it never existed before that……RICH PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PROFITING FROM WAR SINCE THE DAWN OF MAN YOU STUPID BRAINWASHED MORON (World War 2??)…….wow you must be from NJ or republican or both!

      • ham07

        You are the brainwashed ass, the war in Korea was fear of having an Eastern bloc in Asia. Wealth was the main reason for war in asia, it was fear of communism. Stop trying to sound like an intellect with your MIC and stick a shell up your but and light it up. The man fought a war for this country show some respect you moron.

      • ham07

        yes Josh if it wasn’t for the morons that stormed the beaches on D-day in WW2 your genetic line might have ended in Aushwitz. You thankless puke. Amazing….There was no idealogy to free Europe from the Nazis, it was all about wealth. Wealth for the US in WW2 was an afterthought and spoils of war. Roosevelt did not declare war with $ signs on his mind.

        You and Paul should get a room together and play skin flute and hide while the men take care of the business.

  • josh goldman

    So because this moron was dumb enough to fight for this country, that means he gets to cause noise and air pollution?? to people who pay more in rent each month than he earns from that piece of garbage

    • IgnoranteElephante

      “So because this moron was dumb enough to fight for this country” I would expect such a comment from a josh goldman.

      • nathan

        while i think josh should show more respect for a former member of the military, i also think you should lose the jew-hating comments like ” I would expect this from a Josh GOLDMAN”. Nazi sympathizer.

      • josh goldman

        thats because goldmans are too smart to fight, but we sure love to accept bail outs!

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Gee nathan, I don’t think that I ever said anyth
        ing anti semetic. You calling me a Nazi sympathizers is more hateful than the Upper West Side calling the food cart a ghetto cart. After all, the Nazis engineered the systematic extermination of an entire people from Europe. Not I did I not sympathize with anything remotely resembling a Nazi ideology, but I also did not say anything anti Jew.

        It appears to be another case of the pot calling the kettle black. You should stick to posting about asking the moderator to censor the posters because we know how fond you are of prior restraint.

        Hey, isn’t nathan a Hebrew name. Ah, I digress!

    • KPMc

      Fighting for his country is not dumb. The fact that YOU get to enjoy the freedoms he fought for… now that’s the real travesty.

    • KPMc


      If you are going to say something at least have the nads to own it.

      You said… “I would expect such a comment from a josh goldman.”

      now if you didn’t mean “I would expect such a comment from a jew.” then I apologize but you really should clarify what you intended.

      But to me it’s pretty clear what you meant… and even more pathetic that you don’t have the stones to admit it.

      • nathan

        KP — Elephant Dung is a coward plain and simple. Hes throws bigotry out there and then runs away. Bad enough to be an anti-semite but to be a sissy on top of it – wow.

  • nathan

    “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.” “Ghetto truck” : Code for racist.

    • Nocode Here

      code? what code is there for self respect? not shooting at each other and not walking around with our azzzs hanging out of our pants? no one is hiding anything, you people , you people , you people, stay in your stinky neighborhood and I will stay in mine.

    • davd

      which race nathan? because their are all kinds of ghettos from all races….so please tell me what race the person was targeting….you moron

    • nathan

      Funny how the KKK members here show their true colors so easily. I pity anyone who knows you, and most of all I pray for your families.

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Are those who self proclaim to be from the “ghetto” racist too, nathan?

      • nathans brother

        leave my brother alone

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