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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Food Trucks, The Answer: They ARE Promoting Them!

I was wondering just why we are seeing these nasty food trucks descend on Stuyvesant Town every day till nighttime. Well, I was just sent a copy of the mailing that residents get who sign up for official e-mail notifications from Management. And, sure enough, "Food Trucks on the Oval" are being promoted as part of the charm of living here:



"Enjoy gourmet treats and artisanal snacks right on the Oval with the best of NYCFTA's food trucks!"

Gourmet? Artisanal? This has to be the work of Lady Maya!

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

What, they're not "truckalicious" ???

Anonymous said...

First it was Stadtmeyer and now it's Maya.

The wheels in the trucks go round and round.

Anonymous said...

FYI:
City Councilman Daniel Garodnick has been calling for a letter-grading system for food vendors since last year. "If restaurants have to bear this burden, why shouldn't vendors selling food right on the street?" he said. "People should know that the food they're eating is safe, free of vermin and bugs, and that the seller is keeping a clean environment." Unfortunately, the Health Department has no immediate plans to stick letter grades on food carts or at the very least to post the mobile food vendors' violations online either.

Anonymous said...

I loved my Mud Truck coffee while shopping at the farmers market yesterday.

So glad that Stuyvesant Town is starting to get back to having a sense of community again!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Anon 9:28am - Hey, Maya, welcome to the blog!

Anonymous said...

"I loved my Mud Truck coffee while shopping at the farmers market yesterday.
So glad that Stuyvesant Town is starting to get back to having a sense of community again!"

To park large food trucks, every day, on the oval walkways will bring back a loss sense of community
to StyTown... guaranteed.

Wow, what a brilliant idea Ms. Maya!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

It's important to understand that the foods being offered are not just ordinary slop, they are gourmet and artisanal. Like bbq pork, pizza and sweat-inducing "mud" coffee.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks the trucks are paving the way back to a sense of community better check out what was in their Mud cup. The sense of community is long gone. Dirty food trucks won't bring it back.
And you're wearing out Maya's name. She's being paid by Rose to do what he wants. It's all him.

Anonymous said...

What's funny is they want to give people the impression they're so hip and cool but the idea of an idling gaseous food truck seems like a relic of the 50s. What's next, a cotton gin tearing through the oval? lol

Anonymous said...

While my name is not Maya, and I'm not certain who she is, I'm prepared to be addressed by that name for the following comment:

I enjoyed grabbing dinner from one of the trucks last week and eating it outside. It was a lovely way to spend an evening in Stuy Town. Perhaps I'm one of the few who still loves living here (although it never seems that way when I'm outside with my neighbors).

Enjoy the cooler weather!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Anon 5:45pm... You actually had dinner from one of the trucks? A full dinner? I'm curious which truck provided you with this dinner.

While I'm sure it's convenient for you, and a certain amount of other residents and non-residents, to use these food trucks, do you not see how they devalue the aesthetics of the Oval? A lot of money and effort was spent to make the Oval look reasonably nice. It's supposed to be (or was supposed to be, before TS came here) an "oasis" in Manhattan, a treasure for those living here. And you see nothing wrong in putting tacky food trucks on the Oval, trucks that can have engines running and be making noise? Throughout the entire day and into the evening?

Why not just buy your dinner five or ten minutes away, at one of actual food stores that pay high rent to Rose, and then eat it at the Oval?

Anonymous said...

"seems like a relic of the 50s"

It seems like most people on this board want this place to go back to being like it was in the 50s

Let's bring back Mr. Potter kicking out families for their kids walking on the grass - let's get those chains back up around the oval - put those "no sunbathing" signs back - Everybody quiet i deserve my 5pm nap on a beautiful saturday afternoon.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

No, I don't want Stuy Town to go back to the 50s. I've used the Oval in "new ways"... I've attended a concert or two, watched a film or two here, and make regular use of the Oval lawn. But management is overdoing it, and bs-ing, also. These events, etc., are NOT just for "residents and their guests." It's open house for all of New York, as far as management is concerned. These events, etc., are meant to pimp the property/rentals here. So where's the community spirit in that? Our attendance is just being used as a sales gimmick. That's why management frequently photographs the events.

As for the food trucks, they are the final disgrace, a tacky ploy to, once again, try to make Stuy Town seem happening to outsiders.

Anonymous said...

@635

My previous comment went right over your head. The point I was making is that Rose and their event planners are desperate to make people think this place is a hip, cool place when it isn't. Selling food from a truck like Mr. Softee is such a 50s thing to do. Not cool or hip.

Nobody on this site wants Stuy Town to be like the 50s. What people forget is this place was nice up until 2007 when the amenities came and now we have to host concerts and artisinal cracker fairs for people who don't live here and will never rent here. They come in from the EV and LES because it's something to do in the summer. They are not apartment hunting and can't afford the rediculously high rents that are to blame for these rampant roommate situations.

The gimmicks are dumb and are a waste of time and CW Capital's money.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Potter never put out families because their kids walked on the grass. On the rare occasions that people were evicted it was because they either didn't pay their rent after many months; were disruptive and destructive to an extreme degree; or didn't live here legally. I knew Mr. Potter. I doubt that you did. Mr. Potter and his staff knew how to manage this property and keep it livable as well as affordable. The current management could run a bodega.

Anonymous said...

Of course the food trucks are cool and hip. Lady Maya was told so by the trusted source that is Time Out New York! Let her run wild with CWs money and we'll soon have a mini mall selling $15 quarts of ice cream like the Limelight.

Anonymous said...

I meant could NOT run a bodega! That would be too much for their limited brainpower!

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:35 PM:

I'll take my chances and go with Potter & the 50's.

My family has lived here "since the cement was wet" and your characterization of life in the complex is simply not accurate.

Put the chains back up...

Anonymous said...

Want to solve the problem?

Ask the food trucks to park their vehicules
in the loops where they belong!

Anonymous said...

I love the food trucks--except when they run their engines, I agree. But when they don't, I enjoy them--some of them are great and win awards, like from James Beard. I tell them all the time I'm glad they are here, and thank them when they don't run the engine. And to me, it's the opposite--their presence makes it more likely I'd socialize with other residents over a cup of coffee or otherwise, just enjoy the fountain. I don't want to pay for that silly Amenities, so if I want to stay on the grounds, this is better than hanging at one of the amenity spaces.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

If you are not part of management, I'm glad that you think more of your convenience than in retaining the oasis-like feature of the Oval.

Truly, I don't see people having social events with the food or coffee from these trucks. This is NOT building up community; it is tearing it down.

Anonymous said...

To you it's not building, but to others, like me and pretty much anyone who does enjoy these things, it is. (And I'm certainly not management, to say I have issues with them is an understatement--don't even get me started using students to create frequent turnover to drive up the rents or showing the apartments in these packs of 20 people--who would ever rent when you get treated like a number before you've even given $$). BUT, I also do love the activity, the movies in the Oval (not Oval film though), the concerts, even some of the food trucks. To me, it's not destroying the community, it's making it even more so. But to others, it's not their thing, so in my view, they should just ignore them and not patronize them (again, except when they run their motors--that's a whole different and reasonable complaint). But otherwise, why try to take them away from others?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

How can one ignore large, brightly colored food trucks at the Oval? And at times noisy and pollution causing ones, too? The solution for those that enjoy eating at the Oval or drinking coffee or tea there is simple. Get your food and drinks from the many stores that surround us, or make your own snack and coffee and tea in your apartment. And then enjoy the Oval. Your food will probably be healthier, too, and certainly cheaper. Don’t let your laziness ruin it for those that do not want food dives purring on the Oval throughout the day. Save the beauty of the Oval; do not be a part of its destruction.

Anonymous said...

Trux on the lawn Sux.

Period.

Anonymous said...

Filth Ratings:

Our "beloved" Frank's Trattoria on 1st Ave. scored a neighborhood-besting 73 points on it's latest health inspection. Holy cow!

Anything over 28 points gets you a "C"--and there is no "D." At some point they just come in with the haz-mat suits and purge the whole place.

So who here thinks that a stinky, diesel-bilching wagon with no proper toilet, washing, refrigeration or food preparation facilities is going to score much better? Well...I can see at least one rube waiting on line right now that thinks so!

Read about how NYC scores real restaurants:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh//downloads/pdf/rii/how-we-score-grade.pdf

Of course, trucks don't get grades--they just move on.

Look up a rating on your favorite restaurant:

http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do

Just be prepared to make your own dinner after you do...

Anonymous said...

Disgusting. There's no reason for what they've done here. Stuy Town isn't Bryant Park. And there's no reason to take business away from the rent-paying restaurants and delis around here. Lazy, selfish and thoughtless. We're paying the price. You cannot say "quality of life" and "Rose" in the same breath.

Anonymous said...

I tried socializing with my neighbors at the food trucks too. One couldn't catch her breath after gasping on fumes and the rest of us couldn't hear a thing over the roar of the engines. Just like Shelter Island!

Anonymous said...

Stop complaining...it's ambiance!

Anonymous said...

Oval Choke!

Anonymous said...

As I passed through the South Oval this afternoon, I was greeted by the artesnal ice cream truck. You know, I didn't even know that the Artesenals made ice cream but, what the heck.

Someone's paid nanny was buying a cone as the Honda generator droned on. You could just see the sense of community growing in her eyes.

On the other side of the truck, a Rose official was desperately twisting some really big wires into wire nuts (no...that's not crazy folks that hang from telephone poles, they're used to insulate electrical connections). From the looks of it, I wouldn't have been comfy with that connection for a home extension cord but, hey, what the heck? Good enough for Oval Food.

You don't suppose any kids could grab a hold of that hot wire on the ground? Nah...

Anonymous said...

I posted this on 7/15/11 at the “Here’s Mud in Your Eye” tread.

“One more vent. Hey Maya, the new buzzword, which the gentrifiers now use to justify their douche bagging of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is “artisanal”. Gourmet is so eighties.”

Who knew? DB says what? What drives me nuts is that Rose takes one step forward, then two steps back. They also seem to be “doubling down/circle the wagons” on their PR theology/stance on the food trucks as per the 7/14/2011 T&V. Sounds like a certain political party these days? Adam Rose seems to treat us like dumb children with his rants that are not based on reality. If you want to sell food, look at Central Park and use carts, not trucks. The Oval is like the Sheep Meadow, one of the manmade created landscape jewels of Manhattan . Why treat it like the SW corner of Third Avenue and 14th Street? One does not see food trucks on the Sheep meadow or the Long Meadow in Prospect Park. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux would be rolling over in their graves. When Prospect Park promotes food trucks, they are on the OUTSIDE of the Park.
http://www.prospectpark.org/home

There seems to be the usual R&R (Rose and Rubes) trolls on this tread. A frigging sense of community? I bet you guys love malls. I am far from a snob but to think that aesthetically food trucks with pseudo graffiti “art” logos belong in the Oval is gaucheness at its extreme. Why don’t you be true to yourselves and advocate the paving over of the Oval, construct a Starbucks and a Subway and be done with it. Also, Adam, whatever happed to the permanent evergreen tree that was supposed be planted in the Oval?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Anon 1:02pm. Ha, I forgot about that "artisanal" suggestion of yours. LOL. Maya did pick up on the word pretty quickly. These people are so predictable.

Anonymous said...

+1!

Anonymous said...

Let CW Capital know that you are against the food trucks and Rose ASSociates in general. Let them know you wont pay your rent until the 10th of each month. Tell them you will run all your appliances and water to run their expenses up as much as possible. Let them know you will join any class action lawsuit filed against them if they dont stop with the harrassment.

CW Capital
555 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10017
646.253.8800

Anonymous said...

I'm already doing all of that stuff. Do I really have to tell them about it? If everyone did it, they'd just get the message. Actions speak louder than words.

One month I dropped my check in the box on the 7th. They sent someone over to see me just to make sure that everything was alright!

As an aside, does anyone else point their hair dryer at the A/C unit while it's running just to see which one wins?!? Makes the hallway lights dim...

Anonymous said...

Coming soon: Gourmet Delights next to Playground 12!

From schnitzel to Korean tacos, you can find almost anything at New York food trucks. But next weekend, one new truck will offer something that even New Yorkers may find out of the ordinary.
The Trojan "Good Vibrations" truck will be traveling around Manhattan and Brooklyn on Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29, to promote sexual health awareness by showcasing Trojan's line of vibrators.

The truck will be handing out free Trojan Her Pleasure condoms and giving away Trojan Vibrating Rings. They'll also be offering the first five "pleasure-seekers" to check in on Facebook the chance to win a Trojan vibrator. And in an effort to truly connect with young people, they're busting out the iPads and letting people take a "What's Your Vibe" quiz, which they say will match participants with their perfect Trojan Vibrations product.
The truck will be handing out free Trojan Her Pleasure condoms and giving away Trojan Vibrating Rings. They'll also be offering the first five "pleasure-seekers" to check in on Facebook the chance to win a Trojan vibrator. And in an effort to truly connect with young people, they're busting out the iPads and letting people take a "What's Your Vibe" quiz, which they say will match participants with their perfect Trojan Vibrations product.

Anonymous said...

I hear all of Stuy town is a "BUZZ" with the news.

Anonymous said...

OK, so no one else seems to be responding to the "mobile condom dispenser" message. Don't know if that's because STR is out to dinner or no one cares.

They posted it twice. That seems odd.

I'm OK with it as long as it coincides with an Oval event geared towards preschool children. I mean, if we are going to offend the community, it should--at the very least--include influential children.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

"STR is out to dinner"....

Just to note that for the last week or so, I've been able to monitor the comments on a more frequent basis, but that generally I'm doing other things (like working), which prevents me from getting to the comments for hours, if not much longer.

Anonymous said...

Hey, no one said you weren't entitled to take a meal break!

Anonymous said...

Just make it a short meal break!

Anonymous said...

Hey, he's gotta eat!

Anonymous said...

I knew Mr. Potter and his staff. They were all excellent people. Moreover, unlike the current and recent band of 9-5 management mercenaries whose interest in ST and PCV is largely for the paycheck it brings them, Mr. Potter and most of his senior staff, including Joe Flanagan, Ed Mackey and some of the security and maintenance staff, were also neighbors. Bill Potter's title was RESIDENT Manager. Yes folks, they actually lived here, raised children here, and were involved in the community beyond working here.
One can only hope that the next owner of this property insists that management live in the community and gets ride of the trucks and other such "amemnities" that have turned the Oval oasis into a three ring circus.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

That's very interesting about Potter and his staff living here and having families here. I never knew that, though I'm been in Stuy Town for twenty years plus. Certainly makes a difference.

And you are right about the 9-5 management we've seen since then.

Anonymous said...

Bill Potter lived in 3 Peter Cooper Road; Ed Mackey lived on the Avenue C loop (his children still live here) and Joe Flanagan lived in ST.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody remember a maintenance employee names Joe Maldanado? I think they used to call him "Laughing Joe" because he had such an infectious laugh. He used to do private work and was really great, but I heard that he got sick and left his job. Anybody know what happened to him? I just hope he's ok, wherever he is. He did such fantastic work and was always reasonably priced and I used to love his laugh.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't it a great thing that kids can eat cheap and small business owners can make a living by having food trucks on the oval?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The food truck "small business owners" have other places to go and are hurting the real business owners that pay rent to Rose Associates. And the food in these trucks ain't cheap, that's for sure!