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The Arepa Lady

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Our Tip Heavenly griddled arepas topped with cheese from an icon of New York's street food world. Check her Twitter for updates on when she'll be out, usually after dark during warmer months.
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Video: The Arepa Lady of Jackson Heights, Still Sainted

Video: The Arepa Lady of Jackson Heights, Still Sainted

When we, as diners, talk about how delicious a plate of street food can be, it's easy to lose sight of just how tenuous the career of a street vendor—especially an immigrant street vendor—is. For this brief moment, the Arepa Lady reminded me that for those who come to America to make a new and better life for themselves, cooking (even saintly cooking of national infamy) isn't necessarily the life they have in mind.