A subway food vendor summit
In the wake of a highly publicized crackdown on subway food vendors, including arrests of a woman selling churros and a teenager selling candy earlier this month, civil rights advocates met with the NYPD’s top transit cop yesterday. The reverend Kevin McCall told press that he and others spoke with chief Edward Delatorre to discuss a possible “multi-borough summit” to reconsider policing issues. Delatorre has agreed to the meeting, which some are referring to as a “churro tour” or summit. Police will conference with subway food vendors in each borough except Staten Island — exact dates haven’t been released.
The recent crackdown on food vendors likely stems from an influx of 500 more cops in the New York City subway system. Vendors aren’t legally allowed in the subway system — Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the arrested churro vendor, for instance, was “creating congestion” and breaking the law. Possible permitting, or limited permitting zones could be one path forward, de Blasio has suggested.
In other news
— The Times highlights Kusina Pinoy Bistro in Woodside, Queens, where chef Noriel Satir started serving classic and contemporary Filipino food in March.
— A new Vietnamese pop-up from a Mission Chinese alum called Ha’s Đậc Biệt is making its way around Brooklyn.
— The Bronx Night Market, filled with Dominican foods, burgers, and banana pudding, is the borough’s homegrown answer to other food gatherings like Smorgasburg.
— Vietnamese coffee, but make it fashion: