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Your Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food & Flea Markets

Weekend Market Picks, June 30 – July 1, 2012 + TESAGE Handbags & Totes

I’ve admired TESAGE handbags for several years, although I only recently met their designer, Yukiko Sato. But I feel like I’ve known her for a long time through her designs. She makes lovely, feminine bags and totes with beautiful fabrics in a variety of colors and prints. Yukiko is an experienced costume designer, stylist and kimono dresser, and her work reflects a subtle richness that feels distinctly Japanese to me. She creates a variety of styles, including shoulder bags, cross-body bags, totes and pouches. I recently picked up a TESAGE purse organizer, which is a brilliant invention. It is a lovely fabric bag with pockets and a drawstring handle that you can simply transfer from one purse to another with everything you need in it. No fuss, no muss, no forgotten lip gloss.

Yukiko and the TESAGE Collection will be at the Independent Designer Pop Shop in Chelsea Market through Monday, July 2nd. Visit to see the bags online, and follow TESAGE on Facebook for upcoming events!

If you’re in New York for the weekend because you’re visiting or because you are beach homeless, come with me to these fabulous market events:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chelsea Triangle French Market: I am THRILLED to have this new food market open in the Meatpacking District The Bensidoun Group is a family owned business that produces most of the outdoor farmers markets in Paris, as well as several indoor food markets and the Vanves Flea Market. They also run markets in New York State and the Chicago French Market. And now they’re bringing the magic of artisanal French and French-influenced local food to the New York markets. (Chelsea Triangle on 9th Avenue between 14th and 15th Street, Fridays & Saturdays, 10:00AM – 3PM, rain or shine, Manhattan)

Crest Fest Hardware Arts Show: Crest Hardware in Brooklyn is sponsoring this art show featuring 200 pieces of art made with items found in a hardware store. The festivities also include music, local food purveyors, and a handmade artisan market. I’ve not been to this event before, but it looks like fun, and some great market vendors are participating! (558 Metropolitan Avenue between Lorimer & Union, 1PM – 7PM, Brooklyn)

SUPER!market: This designer market has gotten a bit of a makeover. From what I hear, they have painted the walls in the venue and made a few more changes to make it easier to showcase the fine handmade jewelry and clothing there. If you need something new to spark up your holiday weekend, definitely stop by SUPER!market and see what they have for you. (268 Mulberry Street, 11AM – 7PM, Manhattan)

Saturday, June 30 & Sunday, July 1, 2012

Independent Designer Pop Shop: As I wrote earlier this week, the ID Pop Shop is celebrating their first year of existence and their 8th designer pop-up event. This one features 27 fantastic New York designers selling men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry of all styles, vases, pillows, cosmetic bags. It is taking place in the center of the Chelsea Market, so beat the heat, grab lunch inside and then go shopping! (75 9th Avenue, Chelsea Market, 10:30AM – 7:30PM through Monday, July 2nd, Manhattan)

Fulton Stall Market: I’m just fond of this market in the Seaport. This week they’re featuring foods from around the world: Taiwanese shaved ice, South American empanadas, Dutch poffertjes, and Italian preserves. It’s one of those markets with a great balance of food to eat right then and there, ingredients to take home, and handmade artisanal treasures. (South Street between Fulton and Beekman, 11AM to 5PM, Manhattan)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cooper Park Farmers Market: The Community Markets organization launched this new market this season around Cooper Park in Williamsburg. Although it isn’t a large market, the vendors are outstanding and provide everything the community needs, including fresh produce, delicious bread, cheese, dairy, flowers and more. (Cooper Park, on the sidewalk on Maspeth Ave. at Olive St., 11AM – 4PM, rain or shine, Brooklyn)

And tomorrow Coney Island’s Cyclone Roller Coaster is celebrating its 85th Birthday! rides are 25 cents for the first 85 minutes after the noon opening. It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, so drink lots of liquids and slather on the sunblock so you can stay pretty.

  1. SATURDAY JUNE 30, 2012

    **OPENS 11AM-3PM**

    12:00pm-1:00pm: Fresh Pasta Class with Nonna
    1:30pm-2:30pm: Poultry Butchery

    Sunnyside Community Services
    43-31 39th Street bet Queens Blvd & 43rd Ave Sunnyside, NY 11104
    2 blocks from 7 train @ 40th Street-Lowery

    By SUBWAY: Take the 7 train to 40th Street/Lowery. Exit to the right of the token booth. Walk two blocks west (toward Manhattan; you will see the Citibank building) and turn right onto 39th STREET. Sunnyside Community Services is next to NY Sports Club

    By BUS: From Eastern Queens, take the QM 32 or QM 60 along Queens Boulevard to 39th Place. Walk one block west toward Manhattan; turn right onto 39th Street. From Western Queens or Manhattan, take the QM 32 or QM 60 to 39th Street (at Citibank). Cross Queens Boulevard and 39th Street and walk north on 39th Street.

    By CAR: Street parking is limited; some spots open up at 10 a.m. and by afternoon parking is easier. Metered parking is available along Queens Boulevard, both on street and under the elevated 7 train.

    From downtown Manhattan (and to avoid city traffic): Take the Williamsburg Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway east. Exit at 48th Street; go left on 48th. Continue on 48th Street to 47th Avenue, turn left onto 47th, and follow to 39th Street. Turn right on 39th Street and walk about four blocks.

    From midtown Manhattan: Take the Queensborough Bridge at 59th Street and follow signs to Queens Boulevard. Take Queens Boulevard to 39th Street; turn left. SCS is just up the block. (If you find yourself on Northern Boulevard instead of Queens Boulevard, just turn right at 39th Street.)
    or: Take the Midtown Tunnel and stay in the extreme right lane to exit at Borden Avenue. Make a left onto Borden, go to Greenpoint Avenue, make another left onto Greenpoint and follow that to 39th Street. Turn left onto 39th.

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