On Tuesday May 3rd the Street Vendor Gala hosted by the Urban Justice Center took place at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square Park. It was a really fun night - where vendors mingled, ate, danced and chatted with other fellow street vendors.
The Street Vendor Project is a collaboration of more than 700 NYC street vendors of all kinds that work towards permanent legal changes for fair regulations and equal treatment for New York City’s many street vendors. They hold regular meetings where they plan collective actions for getting street vendors voices heard. Also, they help vendors grow their businesses by linking them with small business training and loans. It’s been an amazing resource for the community and one Nuchas is proud to support!
At the event, there was a full bounty of delicious food provided by many of the street food vendors. Nuchas donated empanadas, Korilla BBQ their delicious Tiger Balls (made with bacon kimchi fried rice, monterey jack cheese, and panko bread crumbs), DUB Pies sent pies,Khao Man Gai NY was also in the house! For dessert, people lined up 30 people deep to indulge in the famous vegan donuts from The Cinnamon Snail. The line was crazy long!
Since it was two days before Cinco de Mayo, a local Mexican group performed a traditional Zapateado dance.
Nuchas was happy to sponsor a table to support this amazing cause that supports us on the street every day. In attendance at the dinner was our Founder, Ariel, our Director of Operations (Quique), our director of Catering (Joanna) our Retail Manager (Kristy), the General Managers from our Truck and our Kiosks (Eiselynn, Jon and Altis).
The New York City street vendors bring an amazing amount of flavor and color to the city. There are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City — hot dog vendors, flower vendors, t-shirt vendors, street artists, fancy food trucks, and many others 1.
Stay tuned, we have some fun NYC Vendor facts to share soon. Imagine this: did you know that Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s started as Pushcart businesses?
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