Many immigrants to New York support friends and family back home through money transfers known as remittances. Outside this market you can see the draped banners of two electronic providers, Transfast and MoneyGram, as well as an alternative, in the round, just outside the front door. Barrel shipping replaces fungible currency with tangible goods; though barrels travel more slowly and under less regulation than electronic transfers, these "remittances" give greater assurance that the money has been well-spent.
At markets such as this, a vigorous flow of outgoing remittances, in whatever form, often signals a deep and varied supply of incoming goods. On this afternoon a traveling companion secured several harder-to-find West African ingredients; most had apparently been imported in bulk, then portioned into plastic tubs and branded with the Legacy name. I also noted a large open bin of dried kangbe, further labeled as flying fish — though given their dessicated and gaping-mouthed condition, it's hard to be sure of that I.D.
Legacy Africana Market
671 Bay St. (opposite Broad St.), Stapleton, Staten Island