The Vendy Awards have been particularly unkind to New York’s northernmost borough. A quick peek at the list of those who have been honored by the non-profit Street Vendor Project — since the award was established in 2005 — reveals that just one Bronx-based food cart has been recognized.
Fauzia Abdur-Rahman’s Heavenly Delights cart, on the corner of Sheridan Avenue and 161st Street, has been serving up “Jamaican fusion” for nearly fifteen years. At lunchtime, her customers often form long lines, waiting for Abdur-Rahman’s unique blends of curry, jerk and seasonal produce.
On her menu each weekday, Abdur-Rahman promises to include rice, a chicken dish and a vegetarian option — everything else depends on how Abdur-Rahman feels and what supplies she has available.