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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Market Picks for June 18 & 19, 2011

Well, Friday’s going to be a wet one, but the weekend weather is looking promising for the markets! My Market Picks for this weekend, June 18 & 19, are:

Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19:

Lincoln Center American Crafts Fair:  This wonderful show is in its 35th year, so you know it has to be good.  A traditional craft show, this event features fine handmade designs from around the country.  You can find jewelry designs with gems and precious metal, art glass pieces, handmade clothing and hats, and kitchen items, like the image above of an inlaid cutting board by Meb’s Kitchenwares.  Plus it’s fun to hang out at Lincoln Center.  Check out their new fountain!

Saturday, June 18:

Arthur Avenue Retail Market: Miss the smells, sounds, and flavors of Manhattan’s Little Italy?  Well they’re all alive and well on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  You can pick up fresh, homemade mozzarella, handmade meatballs, and imported Italian pasta in hundreds of shapes and sizes.  I go absolutely insane over the gooey, fresh torrone with almonds, which is completely different from the dry version.  This market is truly a time capsule of all the wonderful things brought over from Italia last century.  Definitely plan on eating lunch there, and pick up some hand rolled cigars for Father’s Day!

East 67th Street Flea Market: The East 67th Street Flea Market has a wonderful variety of vendors, including an independent farmers market and many classic flea and antiques vendors.  There is vintage jewelry of all kinds too. I have seen a Cartier watch once owned by Big Edie of Grey Gardens fame, and a collection of vintage showgirl bling. You can also get your watches fixed and batteries changed in the cafeteria area.

DUMBO Epic Stoop Sale:  I’ll come clean and say I just found out about this event.  (Thanks, and Open Smile Embrace!) Never heard of it, even though this is the third year.  So I have no idea what it will be like, but it sounds like a community flea market, and if it’s stuff from DUMBO households, it’s bound to be worthwhile, right?!

Sunday, June 19:

Jackson Heights Greenmarket:  The Jackson Heights Greenmarket in Queens is amazing for food shopping and people watching.  It sets up on the perimeter of Travers Park, and it is the largest Greenmarket in Queens. In addition to the fresh local produce and products, this market features a wide variety of hot peppers!  This weekend’s events include textile recycling and composting.

7th Heaven Street Fair in Park Slope:  This is the third annual 7th Heaven Street Fair, and it looks like it’s going to be another great day!  Yes, you will see standard NYC street fair vendors, but this event belongs to that small group of fairs that actually involves local businesses.  There will be loads of activities, food, and handmade crafts from many of New York’s finest design entrepreneurs.  The fair runs from Flatbush Ave. to 16 St.  And how about pulling together a team to do the famous 7th Heaven Scavenger Hunt?!

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you out at the markets!

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