The 2006 Vendy Nominees

Pizza truck, 47th between Park & Madison Hot dog vendor, Poly Place East of 7th Ave, Brooklyn Grilled chicken & beef vendor, NE Corner 57th & 7th Sam Talbot, Stanton & Rivington Hallo Berlin, 54th & 5th Avenue Kwik Meal, 45th & Sixth Avenue Mr. Khan, 45th & Sixth Avenue Chinese food vendor, NE Corner Broome & Broadway Gois ei n od N sa &C dr t e l a M x a F o, asu ea Sr t r’ c es Halal vendor, NW corner 50th & Sixth Avenue Chicken & lamb vendor, NW Corner 57th & Eighth Ave Power Lunch, Wall Street & Pearl Street Taco stand, 50th & Sixth Avenue Best Halal, 53rd & Sixth Avenue King of Falafel & Shwarma, Broadway & 30th, Queens Tony Dragonas, 62nd & Madison Indian cart, 53rd & Park, SE Corner Halal vendor, Beaver between Broadway & New Sts. Rojas Ecuadorian, Red Hook Ball Fields

(a complete list)

Hot dog vendor, NE corner & 72nd & York Mexican tacos, 65th Street & Roosevelt Ave, Queens Falafel vendor, Worth Street & Lafayette Xpress Power Lunch, Whitehall & Maiden Lane M i e F le 4t &Sx A eu o h’ a f, 6 s s a l h ih vne t Fruit vendor, Wall Street & Broadway A gls ol k 3sS. Se w y v, ues ne ’S u ai 1t t& tn a A e Q en o v , i Fruit vendor, 79th & Broadway, SE corner Super Taco, 96th & Broadway Spiro, 40th Street and Queens Avenue, Queens El Rey de Tacos, 30th Ave near 33rd Street, Queens Breakfast vendor, Astor Place & Lafayette Michael, Bowery & Bond, SE corner Grilled food vendor, 57th & 6th Avenue Halal food vendor, 40th & Broadway Halal cart, Broadway & West Houston G og’G rs3sSre &3sA eu, ues ere y , 1t t t 1t vne Q en s o e

The Street Vendor Project


The Second Annual Vendy Awards
October 22, 2006 St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery 2nd Avenue and 10th Street, NYC 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Each one of these vendors will receive a Vendy Nominee placard (at least if we can find them). Nominations for the 3rd Annual Vendy Awards will open in August, 2007 at Join our mailing list for reminders. The Vendy Awards are dedicated to every one of the 10,000 or so people who work hard to sell things on the streets of New York City. Vendor power.

5-6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6– 8:30 p.m. 83 ’ h pm. :0i s . VIP Reception Doors Open Eating, Drinking, Judging Wec meb Mih e Wel lo y cal l s Benediction by Reverend Billy Short Video Presentation Award Presentation

Jesse, Brian & Dave Vendley (Brian, pictured)
“a x o a e sd” C l i C r A aa ec n Wooster and Prince Streets, Soho Ages: 38, 26 and 23 Years vending: 4 months Specialty: carne asada

VIP Sponsors
Kenneth Puhala Juhu Thukral & Jeff Yamaguchi Jen Runne Nicole Douillet Mervin Burton Jason Fitz Jeffrey Zalaznick Henry Lihn Fares Zeide Ejim Dike

We come from a farming family in Imperial Valley, an agricultural region on the California-M xobr rI ei o e t c d .’ s ntn aa l t C l ra otep iai ;’ o i tli h afn m spol m g ei h g lk e i i e o e n t s more about rodeos and pickup trucks than surfers and m v s r C lrli eulas ei ad m r oi ts uu l t qapr M xo n A e e a . tay ’ s t c ica: the Mexican side is called Mexicali; the Californian side is called Calexico. Ia eo e Yr1 ya aoad’ be coi C l i -style carne asada for friends since I cm tN w o 2 er g,n Ie en ok g a xo k s v n ec arrived. The response I got was so enthusiastic that I started kicking around the idea of opening a little restaurant somewhere, but it was a daunting proposition for someone with no formal training or experience. Then one day, as I was standing in line at my local lunch cart, it occurred to me that carne asada would be perfect street food. I started saving money and developing a menu, and a year later, I was ready. But I cu n d i l eS Iae m b t riC l ra n tdhmm p nTe gtn orrh ol ’ ot o . o cld y rh sn afn ado t dt an l oe i i o l e y l .hy oo ba i t a dg away. My brother Brian came out here first and spent many frustrating months figuring out how to get a pushcart up and running. Our youngest brother, David, followed a few months later. He and Brian live out in Astoria, and I live with my wife on the Upper East Side. Te epne a be trcTe ep it ni br o hv e b cd s i oe a sI h r os hs enei. h pol nh e ho od ae m r e u wh pn r .’ s ri f e e g h a t m t s been a lot of fun, but a lot of work, too. With the exception of tortillas, we make everything from scratch. We see ourselves as part of a growing movement in New York street cuisine, one in which people bring the best recipes from home and cook them as authentically as possible. This approach has been pioneered by poll R lr H l Br ,huh “oa a, n t “r a ayoQ en. e oeo oep i o fm ao ei Ti t D s M n adh Ae Ld”f uesW hp tcn e k fo e l l r e n ” e p tinue that with our cart, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. -Jesse Vendley

The Judges
Jennifer Schiff Berg Roger Clark Todd Coleman Rachel Kleinman Nancy Ralph Mimi Sheraton Laren Spirer Caroline Waxler Kara Zuaro

Maria Piedad Cano
“h Aea ay Te r Ld” p 79th Street and Roosevelt Ave, Queens Age: undisclosed Years vending: 20 Specialty: fresh corn arepas Benediction by Reverend Billy

About the Organization
The mission of the Street Vendor Project is to advance economic justice and civil rights for all the people who sell their wares on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. This diverse group of about 10,000 New Yorkers — mostly immigrants—enlivens our city by providing convenient food and merchandise at reasonable prices. Vendors are a hallmark of our city. Yet, for many years, they have been besieged by more powerful forces. The waiting list to get some licenses is more than 20 years long. Huge swaths of the city have been closed to all vending. Every day, many vendors are arrested and prosecuted for no crime other than trying to make an honest living. The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 550 active members who are w rn t e e t c a a edr m vm n f pr aethne F d g edr it s et ok g o t ro r t vnos oe eto em nn cag. i i vnosn h t e i gh ee ’ r nn e r s and the storage garages, we hold legal workshops to educate vendors about how to combat police harassment. We publish reports and file lawsuits — and hold events like the Vendy Awards — to raise public awareness about vendors and the contribution they make to our city. We also help vendors grow their businesses by facilitating access to small business training and loans. The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers. The Street Vendor Project is funded through member dues, a few private foundations, and generous individuals like you. To learn more, please go to

I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I came to the U.S. in 1986 because of the violence in Colombia at the time. Back home, I worked as a trial lawyer and judge, and I was elected Mayor to the municipality of Necocli. I was also a police inspector for a time in Medellin. When I got here, I knew a friend from Colombia who had been a secretary in one of our offices there. He was working as a street vendor in Queens. I worked at his cart for a whileHenry Lihn business. Eventuand learned the ay svd nuh oe tby y w crIe en ei a pso2 ya nw lIae eog m nyo u m o n a.v be slg r a f 0 er o . l t’ l e n r s M hsadad d o e solaeIohr s Ia trs or usn a b m slIi ’ ae y ubn n Ii r d hr frgte ,o hdoa e uf ros l y ye.d n hv vc t t y e i o l f dt a food vending license at first, so I had to run from the police a lot. We d n hv m nyor tr o. i ’ ae oe f e of d dt rn o One winter, my oldest son broke his arm, and we had to depend on a church to help us with food. After that, things got a little better, but I still had to work hard - sometimes 80 hours a week. Vni ia e ie sn j bcue o gt b i eedn Io’ aeo o f ayoyI ed gs vr n r tgo eas yu et en pnet dn hv tw r o nbd, n y te i b o d . t k r work for myself, and I sell things that I like to make. But, it is also very hard to work in the street, mostly because of the weather during the winter in New York. Also, sometimes the people on the streets at night are disagreeable. But in general the people are very nice. All week I make arepas, and on Friday and Saturday nights I sell them. But I like to go to the movies with my sons and daughters in law. Three of my four sons live in New York, and two of them are married. My youngest son Douglas is now studying at Hunter College —he wants to be a laboratory technician. - translated from Spanish by Matt Furshong

The SVP Leadership Board
Angelo Vega, Jr. Badara Thiam Delvin Chu James Williams M’ y Mo sa b e us a Teresa Gonzales Michael Wells Modou Gueye Mohammed Anwar Hussain Mohammed Shahidullah Moustapha Cisse Mohammed Ali

Jeffrey Zalaznick

Special Thanks to:
Reverend Billy & Savitri Durkee, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, Elevated City Pa nn (l a doB q eo G r R t, n S t Myr)H ’R W B e, aod ln ig Ae n r a u r, ay oh a d eh es EB E e rH rl j , Liu, Wei Shung Lin, Vikram Bhat, Rakesh Chaudhary, Sam Talbot, Christina Stevenson, and all the finalists, interns, judges, SVP board members and other vendors who helped make the 2nd Annual Vendy Awards possible.

Samiul Haque Noor
Sm yrm“a m ’H l” a m f Sm y a l o s a 73rd Street and Broadway, Queens Age: 36 Years in business: 6 Specialty: chicken & rice

Thiru Kumar
“h D s M n Te oa a” Washington Square South & Sullivan Age: 38 Years in business: 5 Speciality: pondicherry dosa

I was born near Islamabad, Pakistan. I came to the U.S. in 1990 to make a better living for myself. I worked at a store for a while, cleaned offices, and then I was a taxi driver for a number of years. I knew some friends who asked me if I wanted to learn the vni bs esI o e o W r S etn o eoy l ’crt n er n n qa .h f d ed g ui s. w r d n oh teo sm bd e e a, e naU i Sur Teo n n k t r s s th o e o we made was good, but I knew I could do better by making the food more flavorful. So, I got my own cart. I decided to put it in Jackson Heights because there were no Halal carts here, even though we have many people from the Indian subcontinent. Now, there are 4 or 5 other Halal carts right around me. But I was the first. I have been in this spot for 3 1/2 years. And now I have another cart that sets up on 4th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. People say that the difference with my food is the spices. My family in Pakistan had a business that imported and exported spices, so I grew up around spices. I buy my goods at the wholesale Desi market in Maspeth. But I think the real key to the business is communication. You have to speak a lot of languages to keep up with this community —I speak Pashto, Punjabi, Urdu, and a little Spanish and Arabic. I have a wife and 2 small daughters, aged 4 and 5 1/2. They are completely beautiful —their names are Sauda and Maryiam. We live in a one-bedroom apartment in Flushing. Sometimes we go as a family to Kissena Park in Queens to ride bikes. And, my daughters love to go to Chuck E. Cheese. As for me, I play in a cricket league in Flushing Meadow Park some weekends. Most of the guys on my team are from Pakistan and Afghanistan, but we play against teams from all over – India, Guyana, the Caribbean.

I immigrated to New York City from Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1995, with my wife and daughter, after I won a green card in the diversity lottery. I worked for a travel agency in Sri Lanka, so I knew a lot about the U.S. First I worked in a gas station doing construction, then an iron factory on Long Island, then I got a job as a cook in a South Indian restaurant in Flushing. I worked there for almost five years. The restaurant business pays well but I wanted to be outside in the fresh air. I tried to get a permit to work on the street but there is a long waiting list, so I went through the process of applying for a spot in the parks. I chose Washington Square Park because it is near NYU which has a lot of international students who I knew would like my food. Some of these recipes are family recipes from my mother and my grandmother, and some are my own creations. To keep the traditional flavor of my dosas, I use a stone grinder to make the lentil-rice batter. I really love my customers, most of whom are NYU students. People love street food because they want to be able to have me create it the way they want it, right in front of them. I became a citizen in 2000 and now my life is here. I live in Flushing with my wife and daughter, who is 15. The rest of my family is still back in Sri Lanka, and there are still some things I miss. I went back to Sri Lanka for two weeks this past May — Ian be bc i1 ya .hrw rls fhne.s yd i m m m ad hd’ en akn 0 er Te e o ocagsIt e wh y o ,n t s e et a t lots of relatives came by to see me. I wanted to stay longer, but I had to come back early to work with the factyht a di sm r oaos n y uha.vri eh Vny l ter’ gtn l onw o t w s o g o ee vtn o m pscrEes c t edsa ya Ie oe ao fe r a n n i t n e s ,v t t business. Now I have a bigger grill that can make 3 or 4 lunches at once.

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