New York Today: Battle of the Food Trucks

Good morning on this luscious Friday.

The Academy Awards are for film.

The Tonys, for theater.

And the Vendy Awards?

They are “the Oscars of food for the real New York,” according to the celebrity chef Mario Batali.

The annual street food competition — now in its 12th year — returns to Governors Island on Saturday, bringing together about two dozen top food trucks out of the more than 10,000 street vendors across the city.

Among the awards up for grabs: best dessert; best vegan; rookie vendor of the year; and the crown jewel of them all, the Vendy Cup.

Caitlyn Napolitano and Carlos Dacosta are among the finalists for best newcomers.

The couple — she is a former waitress; he is a firefighter with Engine 64 — met six years ago while out dancing on the Lower East Side.

Beyond break dancing, they also share a love (and talent) for cooking.

Several years and many trial-and-error platefuls later, they opened their Latin-inspired, hot-pink truck, Los Viajeros, in July 2015.

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Caitlyn Napolitano and Carlos Dacosta in front of their food truck, Los Viajeros.CreditGregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

“The truck matches the food,” Mr. Dacosta told us on Thursday, just before the lunch rush began outside Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

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“The truck is vibrant and colorful. The tacos are the same,” he added.

El Jefe, a burrito made according to his grandmother’s recipe, is filled with slow-cooked, shredded brisket, sweet plantains, Monterey Jack cheese and jalapeños.

(Yes, we tried it and can confirm: It tastes as good as it sounds.)

You can find Ms. Napolitano and Mr. Dacosta, as well as other finalists, including Sweetface Snoballs, Matzahbrei, Raindrop Cake, Bamboo Bitesand Yeah Dawg, at the event on Saturday.

Purchase tickets here, and arrive with an empty stomach.

Here’s what else is happening:

Weather

TODAY IN NEW YORK, NY
Pleasant with sunshine and a few clouds
68°F 77° 60°
TOMORROW: 80° 69°

Today looks absolutely delicious.

Sunshine, the odd cloud and a high near 73 are on the menu.

Saturday should be equally scrumptious, with a high near 76.

Make sure you fill up on these two days of yummy weather: Thunderstorms, rain, and sticky heat are expected on Sunday.

In the News

A man was shot 18 times by the police in Midtown Manhattan after he slashed an off-duty detective in the head with an 11-inch meat cleaver. [New York Times]

The 2015-16 school year was the safest on record for the city’s public schools. [New York Times]

The population of the Bronx is booming, while nearly half the population in Queens is now foreign-born, according to the Census Bureau. [New York Times]

A construction worker fell 42 stories to his death in Midtown Manhattan, the Fire Department said. [NY1]

A man who attacked a gay couple with a chair at a Chelsea barbecue restaurant last year was sentenced to nine years in prison. [New York Post]

The penthouse at the skinny 432 Park recently sold for nearly $88 million. [New York Observer]

It’s William J. Bratton’s last day as police commissioner. [PIX11]

Here are six well-meaning New York City schemes that went all wrong. [New York Times]

The lap of luxury: An 18-karat gold toilet was installed at the Guggenheim Museum, and yes, you can use it. [New York Times]

The M.T.A. is looking for artists to design murals at five subway stations in Brooklyn. [Ditmas Park Corner]

The fictional apartments of young New Yorkers on TV are getting grimmer these days. [New York Times]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “The Baritone on the Citi Bike”

Scoreboard: Red Sox splotch Yankees, 7-5. New York Red Bulls stomp Alianza F.C. of El Salvador, 1-0. Jets tear past Bills, 37-31.

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Friday Briefing.

Coming Up Today

“Forced From Home,” a Doctors Without Borders exhibition about the global refugee crisis, opens at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. 9 a.m. Through Sept. 20, times vary. [Free, register here]

A reading of “Generation Chef,” about the next crop of young restaurant chefs, with the author Karen Stabiner at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side. 7 p.m. [Free admission]

Watch “Pitch Perfect 2” under the stars at McKinley Park in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. [Free]

The spoken-word artists Miles Hodges and Yomi Sode honor Shakespeare’s legacy, through performance and poetry, at the New York Public Library. 7 p.m. [Free, register here]

Back to the Block, a concert, brings up-and-coming local musicians to the Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx. 7 p.m. [Free]

A harvest moon will rise over New York City tonight, beginning at 7:10 p.m. [Free, look up]

Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (WPIX). Mets host Twins, 7:10 p.m. (SNY). New York Liberty at Chicago Sky, 8:30 p.m.

The Weekend

Saturday

The Brooklyn Book Festival continues, with tours, panels, readings and other events at various times and locations around the borough.

Take the little ones to explore the scarecrows, pumpkins and gourds at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. 10 a.m. [Adults $25; children $10]

The Public Theater presents a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Faber Pool and Park in Staten Island. 1 p.m. [Free, reservations required]

Check out the city’s largest outdoor chess tournament — with hundreds of players, ages 5 to 95 — at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Free admission]

As part of the Chinese in America Film Series, the documentary film “Reunification,” by the director Alvin Tsang, will be shown at Chatham Square Library in Chinatown. 2 p.m. [Free]

Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (FOX). New York City FC hosts FC Dallas, 7 p.m. (YES). Mets host Minnesota Twins, 7:10 p.m. (WPIX).

Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring Bill Keller, the editor in chief of The Marshall Project and a former executive editor of The Times, and other guests. Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. on NY1.

Sunday

Explore the great outdoors by foot or bike at Discovery Day at Freshkills Park on Staten Island. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Free]

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with Dahl-themed activities, readings and screenings at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library. 1:30 p.m. [Free]

Join the Annual Hudson Valley Bike Ride — for a 10-, 25- or 62-mile ride — leaving from Purchase, N.Y. Departure times and prices vary. [Register here]

The Cinder Block Comedy Festival continues with sketch, stand-up, improv and musical comedy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Show times andprices vary.

Giants host New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX). Mets host Minnesota Twins, 1:10 p.m. (SNY). New York Red Bulls at Toronto F.C., 5 p.m. (FOX). Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN).

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

Commute

Subway and PATH

Railroads: L.I.R.R., Metro-North, N.J. Transit, Amtrak

Roads: Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.

Alternate-side parking: in effect until Oct. 3.

Ferries: Staten Island Ferry, New York Waterway, East River Ferry

Airports: La Guardia, J.F.K., Newark

Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.

And Finally…

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Al Dorow of the Titans, the team we now know as the Jets, seeks a receiver. CreditErnie Sisto/The New York Times

While MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J., may be home to the Jets and the Giants, each of the city’s boroughs can lay claim to playing a role in the history of New York football.

Brooklyn: In the 1920s, Ebbets Field was home to several professional football teams, including the short-lived Brooklyn Lions.

Staten Island: The National Football League had a team in Staten Island from 1929 to 1932, called “the Stapes,” as in the Staten Island Stapletons.

The Bronx: Yankee Stadium was the site of the 1958 National Football League’s championship game between the Giants and the Baltimore Colts nicknamed, the Greatest Game Ever Played.

Manhattan: Both the Jets and the Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Harlem before the stadium was demolished in 1964.

[Source:-The New Yourk Times]

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