New York City is the greatest city in the whole world, if for no other reason than you can buy a delicious Lobster roll from a truck on the corner of Madison Ave. NYC Food Trucks are like the startups of New York’s food scene. They’re nimble, innovative and disliked by old-school establishments.
Have you heard of the food truck ban? Due to a recent court ruling in February, it is now illegal to sell food from a food truck at a metered parking spot in New York City (including the outer boroughs.) The suspicion is that local business’s are upset that the food trucks are “stealing” business from bricks and mortar establishments. There is talk about health inspections and permitting as well.
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From the NY Times: “As the police are asking the trucks to move along, another branch of city government has been wooing them. Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner, has recruited a dozen high-end food trucks to the city’s parks and is actively seeking more.” As your favorite food trucks seek shelter in parks or dark alley corners, hiding from the Po-Po, you can find them with this awesome new app.
Food truck enthusiasts Jess Eddy and Joel Potischman created the Tweat.it website last year as a way to help people track down food trucks in the city based on tweeted locations. Just this month, they launched an iPhone app, which makes it easy for you to find the nearest food trucks on a map, on the go, and in realtime. In addition to the map, the simply designed app features food truck tweets for secret discounts and specials.
If I had known about this app earlier today, I could’ve taken advantage of some free juice! I’ll be checking this iPhone app more often. Download it for free here.