Beginning this Sunday, June 19th, The Prospect Park Alliance is turning the one-time NYC Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza into a monthly festival, which will occur through October. Some local business owners are welcoming the event, but others are SO. NOT. HAPPY.
Here are a few reactions, Via The Brooklyn Paper:
[Melissa Murphy, owner of Sweet Melissa Patisserie] “I am paying so much money on rent, and there is a truck parked right outside my door on most days,” she said. “The fact that the community is supporting these non-local vendors is beyond ignorant.”
“Having a few trucks at the park one afternoon does not affect things all the way down on Fifth Avenue,” said Caitlin Geoghan, owner of Gorilla Coffee on Fifth Avenue. “This neighborhood is big enough and affluent enough to support many different kinds of businesses. So, more power to the trucks!”
Should we welcome the food trucks, which may bring more people to the nabe to visit our local businesses? Or are they intruding like the girl at the party who wasn't invited and eats all the cake before hitting on your boyfriend and blacking out in the bathtub?