I don’t fully understand the hipster cachet of food trucks — is it a sort of faux-rural slumming, where you like to pretend you’re eating at a county fair? Is it the fact that some of them sell cupcakes and casual racism, both things of which hipsters are fond? Or does food just taste better when it’s lightly seasoned with diesel fumes? In any event, food trucks are popular among young gentrifiers and their dogs. But in the no-power zone below 40th Street in New York, they’re no longer just urban ambiance. They’re providing people with hot meals, free coffee, and charging stations that they might not be able to find anywhere else.
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