The Great War and NYC: Street Vendors and Public Markets

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April 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the First World War. America’s involvement was comparatively brief, yet the war had massive impacts on American society. This month, we will be posting a series of articles about the ways in which the war affected the sites where we work in New York City.

New York City was far removed from the battlefields, occupied territories, and blockaded countries locked in the struggle of the First World War. While many of those places experienced food rationing, shortages, even deadly famines, the US was largely spared these deprivations. Nevertheless, the war was extremely disruptive to the food system of the nation and New York City, leading to the creation of new modes of food distribution to respond to this national crisis. (more…)


Humanities New York: Tour and Workshop

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Designing for Public Engagement: Tour and Professional Development Workshop

On December 12, 2016, Turnstile hosted a Food Cart Tour of the Financial District at lunchtime, followed by a two-part professional development workshop for Public Humanities Fellows at Humanities New York that explored the challenges and opportunities of creating publicly accessible resources and programming with community partners, informants, and collaborators. Using the tour as a common reference point, combined with a series of facilitated activities, workshop participants shared ideas, questions, and concerns about their respective projects, learned about and discussed logistical and ethical considerations for designing and implementing public-facing projects, and reviewed project management tools that support facilitating mutually beneficial collaboration with community partners.


Essex Street Market: A Look Back at Opening Day, 1940

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New York Times, January 10, 1940.

In celebration of Essex Street Market’s 75th anniversary, we have partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the market’s vendors to offer a series of free one-hour tasting tours this fall that share the history of New York City’s public markets and the stories and flavors of the diverse array of businesses that occupy the market today. As part of this special tour series, we’ll also be sharing highlights from our research every week on our blog.

The Essex Street Market opened for business on the morning of January 9, 1940 in what the New York Times described as, “one of the shortest dedication ceremonies on record.” Beckoned by the celebratory music of the Parks Department band, a crowd of over 3,500 residents gathered on this blustery winter morning out front of the newly-built market for the 15-minute ceremony. (more…)


2015 NYC Vendy Awards: Best Street Drinks Nominees

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

This year, the Vendy Awards launched a special category honoring the best street drinks on the street. These five nominees will help wash down the rest of the great street food on offer. The videos features a warm chocolate-based Mexican drink from Catalina’s Chumparrado, coconut smoothies from CoCo & Co., the classic Dominican refresher morir soñando from Best Juice Uptown, bubble tea and more from Tea and Milk, and inventive and seasonal lemonade flavors from Renegade Lemonade.

2015 NYC Vendy Awards: Best Street Drinks

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2015 NYC Vendy Awards: Rookie of the Year Nominees

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

Every year, there are lots of new food truck and cart vendors debuting on the streets of New York. The Vendy Awards honors the five best rookies. Here is a video featuring the five finalists for 2015, including Lil Zeus Lunch Box’s Greek souvlaki, Coney Shack’s southeast Asian tacos, Kaya NYC’s Taiwanese steamed buns, The Shuka Truck’s Israeli shakshuka, and Old Traditional Polish Cuisine’s old traditional Polish cuisine.

2015 Vendy Awards Nominees: Rookie of the Year

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2015 NYC Vendy Awards Street Drinks Nominee: Catalina’s Champurrado

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

Up in Washington Heights, Catalina Soriano Salas has a cart where she sells tamales, tacos and authentic Mexican drinks. Her most popular drinks are arroz con leche (a milky breakfast drink made with rice) and champurrado (a hot chocolate drink that is thickened with masa de maíz). You can find her vending with her family near the 191st Street train station.

Catalina’s Champurrado

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2015 NYC Vendy Awards Street Drinks Nominee: Renegade Lemonade

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

For many it’s a rite of passage to operate a lemonade stand. Megan Bailey from Renegade Lemonade has made it an art. She operates at markets around the city selling unqiue lemonade flavors made from fruits, herbs, and spices. Her flavors include inventive combinations like watermelon jalapeño, chai pear, and apricot ginger.

Renegade Lemonade

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2015 NYC Vendy Awards Street Drinks Nominee: Best Juice Uptown

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

Hector Palaguachi moves around Washington Heights with his extraordinary little juice cart. At Best Juice Uptown, he mixes all sorts of vegetables and fruits together to create delicious and healthy elixirs. His most popular treat is a Dominican specialty called “morir soñando” which consists of fresh squeezed orange juice, condensed milk, and cane sugar and appropriately translates to “to die dreaming.”

Best Juice Uptown

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2015 NYC Vendy Awards: Market Vendor of the Year Nominees

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Once again, we are producing a series of videos introducing and documenting the nominees for this year’s Vendy Awards. Look for a new video every few days.

Throughout the seasons in New York, there are dozens of markets and festivals featuring some great food vendors who keep their business mobile in a different way. The Vendy Awards brings together five of the best market vendors each year. In this video, we document the finalists for 2015, including the hand-cut french fries at Home Frite, unique and surprising empanadas from YourPanadas, natural homecooked Mexican dishes from Carnitas El Atoradero, tasty authentic dishes from Burmese Bites, and warming spicy Cajun stews at Gumbo Bros.

2015 Vendy Awards Nominees: Market Vendor

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