City stories: Cecelia Gomez, 57; Bushwick, Brooklyn

A sidewalk interview with a cotton-candy vendor on wheels: "I painted this Jeep pink because it's an attention grabber"

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Photograph: Jorge Quinteros

How long have you been selling cotton candy?
Thirty years, and I see the end coming very soon. It’s a scary thing when the potential to make money is dependent on the weather.

Why do you work out of your car?
I thought that if things were slow, I’d want the option to move on to the next neighborhood as quickly as possible. I painted this Jeep pink because, you have to admit, it’s an attention grabber.

Where are you from?
I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia. I try to visit as much as I can, but everyone expects me to come bearing gifts—and that’s like buying two additional plane tickets.


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