New York's Churro Vendors in Quotations and Pictures

Categories: Street Food

Hannah Palmer Egan
"In Manhattan it's really hard to sell these. Here too, the police, sometimes they arrest you, and sometimes they threaten you--they say things," says Ernesto, an immigrant vendor who's been selling churros underground for two years.

In this week's Village Voice, I cover the people behind New York's black-market churro economy. Here, I've rounded up more photos and quotations from the men and women behind the scenes.

An MTA employee walks by a churro cart at Broadway Junction in Brooklyn
"The thing about it is, they don't like [the churro vendors] here, and the police don't bother you for candy. Since I started selling candy here, they all started selling candy. Normally they'd be over there. ... The churro lady now sells candies!" says Lucky, a candy vendor at Broadway Junction, pointing to the lady selling candy on opposite platform.

"They shouldn't be here, but I still see them. ... They think if they sell candy, they won't be bothered, but they're not supposed to be selling anything," says NYPD Officer Nieves, on vendors selling candy.

Ernesto makes a sale
"To tell this story, you have to learn about those who became millionaires and made money, and those that didn't, who came for a dream, and the dream in this country turned into a nightmare," says Ernesto.

Flip the page for Julio's observations on why churro vendors don't get licenses.

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