New York's Churro Vendors in Quotations and Pictures

Categories: Street Food

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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.

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Egan
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.

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Egan
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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