Samiul Haque Noor, of Sammy’s Halal at 73rd and Broadway in Queens, is the winner of the 2006 Vendy Awards!
Runner-up for the second year in a row was the Thiru “Dosa Man” Kumar, who operates at Washington Square Park South at Sullivan Street.
And let’s not forget the other two finalists: The Vendley Brothers’ (Jesse, Brian and David) “Calexico” operating at Wooster and Prince Streets, and Piedad “the Arepa Lady” Cano at 79th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. They represent the tastiest of the thousands of vendors that add character, falafel and one New York story after another to our streets. The event was a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project (SVP), which advocates on behalf of vendors.
All the finalists were there serving food, and all the food was delicious. Reverend Billy gave a rousing speech just before the winner was crowned, and his enthusiasm and energy was indicitive of the entire event as a whole.
* “Vendelujah” coined by Reverend Billy.