The Street Vendor Project is Set to Host Award Event for Best Mobile Food Vendors on Governors Island, Gothamist Reports

Posted on September 13, 2017

Meet The ‘Bad Hombres’ Competing In This Year’s Vendy Awards

Originally Published in the Gothamist on September 12, 2017
Written by Nell Casey

The Street Vendor Project puts on the Vendy Awards each year as a fundraiser. Executive director Sean Basinski finds this year to be particularly important because of the political climate. “NYC street vendors—almost all of whom are immigrants, many of whom are Muslim, many of whom are Latino, and many of whom are undocumented—have paid a steep price since Trump’s election,” Basinksi says. “We created the Bad Hombres category, celebrating Latino food vendors, to acknowledge the difficulty our community—among many others—is now facing. By using his own words, we seek to mock Donald Trump and subvert the culture of fear he would like to create. We wholeheartedly embrace the same aspects of street food—its diversity, its accessibility, its inclusiveness—that he would condemn. We honor the same people that Trump would disparage.” The Vendy Awards—which is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink tasting event—takes place Saturday, September 16th on Governors Island.

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