Girl Planting seeds

Meet the street nun helping people make a living from New York's cans

Sure We Can, the redemption center Martínez de Luco co-founded more than a decade ago, must move somewhere else for the fifth time. Their lease in Bushwick – for which they currently pay $5,302 a month – expires at the end of February and the owner wants to sell the lot. According to Martínez de Luco, the asking price is $3m. “That’s the equivalent of 60m cans,” she jokes.  Roughly 11m pieces were redeemed at Sure We Can in 2018, brought here in shopping carts by hundreds of canners – more than 500, according to the center’s data.  Read more...



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