Exploring New York City During Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is here once again among us and the Muslims around the world are observing this month by fasting from dusk to dawn. This afternoon, I decided to go out and take a little walk towards Jackson Heights area. Though, I generally walk on Broadway to go to Jackson Heights from my neighborhood, today I thought of taking a different route to go there.

Jackson Heights is the go to place for many Muslims who lives in surrounding neighborhoods and wants to buy special food to break their fast which is popularly known as Iftar. I wanted to have some food as well and I didn’t dare to cook anything at home. I know there quite a few Bengali, Indian and Pakistani restaurants in this neighborhood that makes special food during Ramadan.

So, I started walking on 82nd Street and make a left where it connects with 37th Avenue. As you can see from the video there are so many street vendors on both side of the 82nd street. Are they legal? not quite sure about that. As far as I know generally street vendor requires permission from the city authority. However, many of them are doing business over here for a very long time and the number of the street vendors are growing. I remember walking down the same street back in 2007 or 2008 when I move to Queens from Manhattan, back in those days there were few street vendors on this street.

As I keep walking on 37th Avenue, on my left you will see United States Post Office and PS69 School which is part of New York City Public School system.

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