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DUMBO Food Trucks Rent Parking Lot After Increased Ticketing and Turf Wars

By Janet Upadhye | April 19, 2013 1:17pm

DUMBO — It can be a dog-eat-dog world for food trucks in DUMBO forced to compete for parking spots and customers while also avoiding transit police ticketing.

But turf wars may soon be over if Thomas Yang, owner of Taiwanese street food truck Bian Dang, has anything to do with it.

Yang recently joined forces with Fun Buns and Fishing Shrimp to create a co-op to lease the parking lot on the corner of Jay and Water streets, according to DUMBONYC.

"We know people want food trucks, but it seems that there are some people that don’t want us here and the police have been shooing us away," Yang told DUMBONYC. "This lot will allow us to be there to provide good food."

Yang plans on rotating several trucks through the space, including Wafels & Dinges, Korilla BBQ, Milk Truck, Palenque, Domo Taco, Food Freaks and more.

And locals cannot be more excited. 

Alyssa Galella, the woman behind the twitter handle @DUMBOFoodTrucks, said she understood "that it's important to keep the streets of DUMBO clear for traffic passing through, but it's still disappointing when the food trucks can't find a place to park or when they're asked to leave."

"Now that they'll have a special designated lot, at least a few of them will always be guaranteed to find a spot in DUMBO, which is really exciting!" she added.

Food trucks will be in the lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays starting as early as April 22. The co-op is also tossing around the idea of dinner hours from approximately 5 to 9 p.m.