Culinary Report From Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in East Harlem
Cecomex, the community organization that figured largely in this week's Voice cover story, sponsored this year's East Harlem Cinco de Mayo festivities. The street fair filled two city blocks, from Lexington Avenue to Second Avenue on East 116th Street, a thoroughfare now almost entirely flanked by Mexican businesses. This area is currently the city's oldest Mexican immigrant community.
I accompanied Victoria Bekiempis, the article's author. She went to see if the fair had been diminished from previous years by the incarceration of the organization's founder, while I went to check out the food. Bekiempis reported: "Calle One Sixteen was definitely abuzz with patriotic revelers, who seemed to take more notice of the street food and child singers than community power struggles. And the food was fantastic."