Food trucks in NYC have been suffering from an image problem since the initial excitement of the trend wore off several years ago. They’ve also become a target of city officials and older street vendors, who don’t like them taking up precious curb space to sling their wares. But as Grubstreet NYC points out, the food-truck community came through big—and earned themselves a major PR boost—due to the unfortunate logistical nightmare following Hurricane Sandy. With their generators, mobility, and overall helpfulness throughout the crisis, they were able to demonstrate to some
curmdgeonly city officials they’re just as vital to the landscape as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
Last month, the Fire Department of New York called out food trucks for being what they viewed as “transient hazards,” essentially suggesting that they could be used for terrorist attacks. (Really? The Big Gay Jihadist Truck? Seems rather unlikely.) Fast forward a month later, officials are singing a different altogether as the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has enlisted food trucks for help in delivering food to parts of the city like Coney Island and Breezy Point still recovering from the storm.
Like Grubstreet, we’ll wait and see if city officials keep their newfound positivity toward food trucks once the dust has settled.