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The Food Truck:
Red Hook Ballfields
We are generally pleased about the food truck explosion that's taken place here in Brooklyn over the past few years. Much of the food is extremely delicious—slightly elevated, or at least expertly rendered, versions of classic comfort foods that are a far cry from the hot dogs and pretzels people have traditionally associated with the streets of New York. There's a small part of us, though, that still wants to complain that they're noisy, that they may or may not take business away from the rent-paying stores and restaurants in front of which their lines form. And also, there's the fact that many among the most recent wave are serving up some of the most over-priced food in a borough that, frankly, is full of it, already.
None of these concerns enter into play at all when it comes to the Red Hook Ball Fields, where, in 1974, Latin American vendors began congregating to sell food to the people who were out watching soccer. Every weekend between spring and fall, the vendors still line up, attracting diverse crowds coming out in search of the affordable, authentic, and high-quality South American fare for which you'd otherwise have to search far and wide.
Red Hook Ballfields, 155 Bay Street
Photo Helena Wolfenson