Food Trucks Banned From Dyker Heights During Holiday Season

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 19, 2019 - 5:39 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A popular Brooklyn neighborhood for Christmas light sightseeing has become too popular—and now there's a backlash, with food trucks banned from the area during the holiday months.

Christmas lights in Dyker Heights have drawn larger and larger crowds every year as the neighborhood gets more publicity.

“To drive two blocks, it takes 20 minutes,” one resident said.

“On evening nights you can’t get down the block to your house,” said another resident.  

Vendors have descended on the area too.

“Now when the food trucks come, they block the traffic from moving even more,” John Gillen, a 50-year resident of the neighborhood, said.

"People see this on the internet, they say, 'Oh, we've got to go look.'" he said. "They don't understand they're coming into a massive traffic jam."

It's such a mess the City Council has voted to ban food trucks during the holiday season.

The ban, which also includes other sidewalk salespeople, is in effect from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Eve Day.

Like many in Dyker Heights, Gillen thinks the food truck ban is a good idea.

But not everyone agrees. Sofia is among those who say the food trucks will be missed.

“It’s nice to have a hot cup of cocoa while you’re roaming the streets, watching the decorations,” she said.

She says the real problem is the people who leave messes behind.

"I don't think the trucks really cause any more people to come," she said.