World of NYC Green Carts Revealed
New York City Green Cart vendors, the men and woman who have ventured into some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, are the subject of a significant photography exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition — called “Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program” — chronicles the lives of the cart vendors and their customers.
Gabriele Stabile, one of the five featured photographers, follows Patricia Jimenez, a Mexican woman whose produce cart on the edge of a South Bronx neighborhood once dubbed “Death Valley” is described as a “daily point of reference in the community.”
Thomas Holton, meanwhile, documents in intimate detail the lives of two Bangladeshi vendors who man a cart in Brooklyn.
Each photographer examines different dimensions of the Green Cart program, an initiative launched in 2008 to bring more fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods dominated by fast-food chains.
Will Steacy documents the neighborhoods, while Shen Wei captures still life photos of unusual fruit sold at the carts. LaToya Ruby Frazier focuses on black-and-white street shots of the vendors.
The Green Cart program was developed to help address the issue of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses prevalent in communities with limited access to fresh produce.
Unfortunately the program has had only moderate success. Less than half of the 1,000 permits allotted for Green Carts have been issued. As of March 2011, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which runs the program, had issued 450 permits, according a report released by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
The “Moveable Feast” exhibition will run through July 10.
For a related New York Bounty post, click here.
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