Bring Back the Paletas: Help La Newyorkina Rebuild

Chef and owner of La Newyorkina, Fany Gerson creates frozen treats inspired by her native Mexico. Much of the equipment in her Red Hook-based kitchen was destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of La Newyorkina

It’s freezing cold in New York City, but the winter weather is not stopping us from dreaming about summer, a time when bergamot is blooming, bees are buzzing, and paletas are plentiful on the High Line.

Alas, we were saddened to hear that the Red Hook headquarters of La Newyorkina, one of our beloved High Line food vendors, were devastated by severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy.

Chef/owner Fany Gerson wants to rebuild the kitchen equipment, but she needs help. Follow us after the jump to learn more and watch her Kickstarter video.


La Newyorkina has been serving up Mexican-inspired ice pops, or paletas, at the High Line since 2011. She uses all-natural sweeteners, such as organic cane sugar and local honey, to create innovative flavors like roasted plum and yogurt with berry swirl, as well as tropical flavors made with the highest quality Latin American mangos, chilies, coconuts, avocados, and tamarind. She’s also taken time to teach kids about healthy eating during Play With Your Food, a seasonal program for kids and their caregivers at the High Line.

La Newyorkina needs help getting back on its feet. Fany is asking for donations through a KickStarter campaign to replace crucial kitchen equipment that was destroyed during the storm.

With your help, Fany can rebuild – and start making more of her delicious paletas once again!


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