Watch out, world! We went to Costco!
As you can imagine, a handful of meek and unconfirmed sparks fired dully throughout the bus. It was not the explosive fireworks we had been hoping for, but it was somehow magical nonetheless. A bunch of kids sitting in the dark, shooting off peppermint scented sparks.
Darkness is inevitable, but in
it is above all improbable. New York City
When Hurricane Sandy blasted the island last week, it ravaged the coastline-taking boats with it, and leaving piles of garbage in its place. It left the bottom third of the island without power for several days, making aerial shots of the city eerily similar to the iconic satellite photos of North and South Korea. A duality of lifestyle presented by the shocking juxtaposition of darkness and light.
Thrown into a pre-electricity existence, essentially everything below
St. shut down. No trains, no lights, and no hot
food. Gangs of New Yorkin’ it.
EXCEPT for a very specific resource that flag-wrapped Daniel Day Lewis did NOT have at his disposal…Food Trucks.
I write about food trucks because they are widely delicious, almost exclusively seasonal, and they reflect the hands-on methodology of today’s great chefs. Now there’s another reason to add to the list.
It is easy to take things for granted. It is a psycho-emotional side effect of our modern times.
is a city of ultimate accessibility, but when it
needs to be it is also a city of ultimate resourcefulness. In a city where you
can get absolutely anything that it might occur to you to want (I once passed a
shop in the village that dealt exclusively in animal portraits) you can stand
in a blacked-out street 3 days after an unprecedented natural disaster, charging
your phone and eating a nutella smeared liege waffle from the Wafels and Dinges
truck. Or a kimchi and chicken thigh burrito from Korilla BBQ. New
New York city knows exactly what to do with darkness. You use it to help you see sparks.
*All photos courtesy of The NYC Food Truck Association Pinterest pinboard.