Timbuktu Islamic Center Food Vendors in New York, New York

On a Friday afternoon during Ramadan, the food-laden table in front of Harlem's Timbuktu Islamic Center waits like the prelude to a party. The mosque, a center for Harlem's Malian community, is full of the faithful at jumu'ah, the Friday afternoon communal prayer. Until the evening descends, and with it time for iftar (the fast-breaking meal), the vendors sitting with their lovingly made and packaged Malian snacks will continue to wait. Once the clock strikes a little after 8 p.m.,...

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