Is 50th and 6th Becoming Too Hot As Well?
Yesterday we noted that several trucks have had trouble parking off 6th ave on both 51st and 52nd streets, but as Lunch’r “locondcoco” pointed out in the comments:
Well, clearly 50th btw 6th & 7th isnt a problem. 4 trucks lined back to back there today! (Desi, Big D’s, Sweetery and CrepeTruck). As sad as I am that these trucks wont be right outside the office anymore, a rather short walk to 50th I can deal with.
But how long can this last?
Recently I celebrated my eighth year as a Rock Center Lunch’er and I can honestly say (and please do correct me in the comments if I’m wrong) that until the Desi Food Truck started parking outside the Time Life Building on 50th, I can’t ever remember that being a “truck stop.” Sure there were (and are) plenty of hot dog/pretzel/halal carts on the south side of the street. The Daisy May’s BBQ cart and Sombrero cart used to park on the south side. And occasionally you’d see a Red Soft Serve Truck in a spot on the south side of the street as well, but the North side? Never.
And, as seems to be trend these days, yesterday sure enough the number had grown to four trucks, all parked back-to-back. Between the number of trucks and the crowd of people waiting for food I couldn’t even get a good angle on a photo that would show them all in a row (hence the two views above). It was like a mini-food truck rally.
We haven’t heard anything about this spot blowing up, so don’t get too worried just yet. But as a midtown west luncher, while I’m always happy to have more lunch options, this sort of density concerns me. With warm weather ahead that’s bound to bring massive sidewalk snarling lines, I hope everything remains friendly between the vendors and the building tenants on 50th and 6th.