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Weekend Market Picks July 22 & 23, 2017: Mid Summer Delights

Handmade Leather Goods by Aixa Sobin

Handmade Leather Goods by Aixa Sobin across from

I ran into Aixa Sobin, the amazing leather artisan I wrote about a while back. She sells her beautiful notebooks, bags, belts, and pencil rolls out on the sidewalk of Spring Street across from Balthazar Bakery (location, location, location). I carry a small notebook I got from her, and it’s seen better days. She sewed it up for me, and it’s as good as new. Aixa’s Etsy store is Luscious Leather NYC.

I also wanted to give a shout out for my friend Cezar Del Valle, New York’s premier theater historian, who will be telling stories and sharing historic photos at the Coney Island Museum on Saturday. You won’t want to miss this event if you love fabulous stories about New York’s most creative people throughout its history.

Weekend Market Picks:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friends Flea Market: This fun flea is sponsored by the Friends of Sheepshead Bay Library! Check out all sorts of vendors and sip cold lemonade with neighborhood shoppers and vendors in this great Brooklyn neighborhood. 11AM – 5PM, 2636 East 14th Street at Avenue Z, Brooklyn

Harlem Pop Up Shop & Sip: Shop from fine local vendors and craft artisans , and enjoy live music with the Live Cobras while you’re at it! You’ll find all the snacks and refreshments you need there too, as well as a raffle and giveaways. 12Noon = 5PM, RAW Space, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Bouleveard (7th Avenue between 121st & 122nd Streets), Manhattan

Marcus Garvey Farmers Market: The Marcus garvey Park Alliance and ChatmanJ Caeks have launched a new farmers market in a park in Harlem. I tlooks like a great mix of local produce and prepared food. You’ll also find organic skin care. Harlem Historian and Author Regina Abraham will be there as a special guest. 9AM – 4PM, 124th Street and Mount Morris Park West, Manhattan

Nerd Swap Episode 2: Attack of the Swap: Our good friends at the skint are hosting their second swap meet. It’s not exactly a market, but who doesn’t like a good swap? Bring your nerdiest stuff to trade for new or nerdier stuff with people who share your passions. 3PM – 6PM, Commonwealth Bar, 497 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

Rejuvenation Farmers Market: FLO Yoga is hosting this lovely market where you can purchase local handmade products focusing on health and well-being. Free mini massages and reiki sessions too! 10AM – 5PM, FLOgaYoga, 226 East 54th Street, Fl. 7, Manhattan

South Bronx Farmers Market: This dynamic market brings nutricious, locally grown, and affordable foods to the South Bronx. This normally underserved community loves its market, and it’s a fun way to spend a Saturday with neighbors uptown. 10AM – 4PM, 138th Street, between Willis and Alexander Avenues, Mott Haven, South Bronx

Stuyvesant Indi Bazaar Summer Night Market:  What a lovely way to spend the evening: shopping and hanging out on a beautiful deck in Brooklyn. The Indi Bazaar is in its third season, and this is the second of three markets they are hosting this summer, with a focus on wellness and local independent artisans. 8PM – 1AM, Life Wellness Center, 376 Tompkins Street between Jefferson and Putnam, Brooklyn 

Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, 2017

LIC Flea Wine & Sweets Festival: I love the sound of this event! The wine tastings run the gambit from light Riesling to Nero D’Avola – almost 20 to choose from. And the sweets? Think shortbread, waffles, and frozen treats. Tickets required for wine tastings and 3 sweets. 12noon – 6PM, 5-25 46th Avenue, LIC, Queens

Nolita Outdoor Market: Look for the pretty, uniform umbrellas along the brick wall of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Prince Street, and you’ll be surprised and delighted by the quality of the handmade products at this market. Jewelry, clothing, candles, it’s hard for me to walk by without finding a treasure I can’t leave behind. 10AM – 7PM, Prince Street between Mulberry & Mott Streets, Manhattan

RB Farmers Market: This neighborhoods of Ridgewood and Bushwick  farmers market includes three venues per week, including a Friday night market (6PM – 10PM, 434 Troutman Street) in three different venues! Stop by for fresh produce and locally made craft items. Saturday 9AM – 3PM, Maria Hernandez Park, Knickerbocker Avenue between Starr and Suydam); Sunday 10AM – 4PM, 553 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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