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Signs of Spring: Bring on the Food Trucks

After a wet, chilly start to spring, New Yorkers are ready to revel in something they love: food trucks.

Though Mister Softee is the mainstay of chilled treats, the gourmet food truck craze now includes a plethora of upscale alternatives like smoothies, slushies—is there a difference?—and frozen yogurt with toppings.

What's your favorite food truck in New York City? Let us know by posting a comment below. You can also listen to voices at food trucks this week and check out a slideshow of what's for sale below.

The Joyride truck was parked at 26th and Park and fast to tweet about it. There doesn't appear to be a gourmet food truck in the city that doesn't rely on social media to get the message across.
The Joyride truck was parked at 26th and Park and fast to tweet about it. There doesn't appear to be a gourmet food truck in the city that doesn't rely on social media to get the message across. ( Julia Furlan )
Colleen Nicosia received a taste of Joyride's buzz flavor, a frozen yogurt with a bit of caffeine for the after-lunch slump.
Colleen Nicosia received a taste of Joyride's buzz flavor, a frozen yogurt with a bit of caffeine for the after-lunch slump. ( Julia Furlan )
Hard not to recognize the most traditional (and ubiquitous) player in the food truck movement: Mister Softee.
Hard not to recognize the most traditional (and ubiquitous) player in the food truck movement: Mister Softee. ( Julia Furlan )
Five-year-old Pedro Correa took a break from daycare with a sno-cone at Mister Softee at 26th Street.
Five-year-old Pedro Correa took a break from daycare with a sno-cone at Mister Softee at 26th Street. ( Julia Furlan )
Students from a nearby high school called their Mister Softee break a "field trip." From left: Angel Vaughn, Jason Maris, Will Borden, Zihan Vaughn and Andrew Jansen.
Students from a nearby high school called their Mister Softee break a "field trip." From left: Angel Vaughn, Jason Maris, Will Borden, Zihan Vaughn and Andrew Jansen. ( Julia Furlan )
This passerby seemed to be color-coordinated with the Taino food truck, parked on Hudson Street.
This passerby seemed to be color-coordinated with the Taino food truck, parked on Hudson Street. ( Julia Furlan )
For the smoothies and falafel sold here, it's all in the name, apparently.
For the smoothies and falafel sold here, it's all in the name, apparently. ( Julia Furlan )
As Taim truck looks on, competition in the form of the Rickshaw dumpling truck pulls into the neighborhood.
As Taim truck looks on, competition in the form of the Rickshaw dumpling truck pulls into the neighborhood.

Common practice among food truck employees is to exchange food, so some, like Rickshaw dumpling's Lauren Byrne, enjoy the company.

( Julia Furlan )
"It gets up to 120 degrees in here in the summer," said Lauren Byrne (left). "But it's better than the winter."
"It gets up to 120 degrees in here in the summer," said Lauren Byrne (left). "But it's better than the winter." ( Julia Furlan )
"That dumpling truck over there is on the money," said a local employee on her lunch break. "But usually I stay cheap and bring my own."
"That dumpling truck over there is on the money," said a local employee on her lunch break. "But usually I stay cheap and bring my own." ( Julia Furlan )
David Rodriguez is employed by a Taste of Korea food truck to mind the lines that are sometimes 50 people long.
David Rodriguez is employed by a Taste of Korea food truck to mind the lines that are sometimes 50 people long. ( Julia Furlan )
There's sometimes competition between food trucks.
There's sometimes competition between food trucks.

"I've had some problems with falafel vendors before," Adam Ruhl, co-owner of the crepes truck said. "They park in front of my truck, then I have to move my truck back and forth, then we start yelling. It's a whole big thing."

( Julia Furlan )
On Fifth Avenue, two trucks work side by side. Kelvin (left) sells specialty slushies while on the opposite side of the street, crepes can be found in a custom-made truck.
On Fifth Avenue, two trucks work side by side. Kelvin (left) sells specialty slushies while on the opposite side of the street, crepes can be found in a custom-made truck. ( Julia Furlan )
The Coolhaus New York truck sells gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Starting Thursday, 4/28 through Sunday 5/1 they will be on the street in NYC serving frozen treats for free.
The Coolhaus New York truck sells gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Starting Thursday, 4/28 through Sunday 5/1 they will be on the street in NYC serving frozen treats for free. ( Courtesy of CoolhausNY )
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