Behind The Scenes With The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, After Hours


[Photographs: Donny Tsang]

Signs of spring are beginning to show—perhaps most welcome among them, the Mister Softee trucks roaming the streets. And at Serious Eats, our favorite of those is the The Big Gay Ice Cream truck. I caught up with BGICT frontman Doug Quint in his usual Union Square spot when he brought his truck out for one preview day last week. Even more interesting? I tagged along as he shut down the truck for the evening.

At around 6:15pm he put up the "closed" sign, and we got on our way up to the truck's new depot in Hunts Point—Doug's old truck depot had moved everything up to a new location in the Bronx, and finding it proved to be difficult. (Navigating unfamiliar bridge approaches after dark is not an enviable task.)

Running a truck—any truck—requires a lot work and a lot hours that customers usually don't see. Here's a brief look at where the trucks sleep.

About the Author: Donny Tsang traded a life of traffic jams in LA for one of crowded subways in NYC, where he's been since 2003. Now he is a Brooklyn-based food photographer and founded the website Great Food Photos, where he interviews other food photographers.

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