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Souvlaki VS a Spot, on New York City's Streets

Friday, June 18, 2010 - 09:45 AM

The "Treat Truck" food truck parking in Manhattan(New York, NY - Kate Hinds, WNYC)  Food trucks are a fixture of New York City's corners.  From halal chicken and rice to fancy desserts, they offer a curbside piece of the city's culinary fabric.

But they also take up parking spots.  And they get used to the streets they serve.  “There is a vendor on 86th and Lex. who thinks that he owns the northeast corner," says New York City Councilmember Jessica Lappin.  "I don’t think it’s right.”

Lappin has introduced a bill that would keep truck operators from getting too attached to their turf.  It would also penalize those who get multiple parking tickets by taking away their permits.

Shaban Azab runs the food truck that drew Lappin's ire.  "This is going to happen to every car, or only me? Only the food truck? What do you want me to do?” he said.  More.

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