• Karen Seiger

Weekend Market Picks April 11 & 12, 2015: A Wealth of Spring Markets

Illiustration of The High Line by Nadia Ackerman, Natchie Art


Artist and Musician Nadia Ackerman of Natchie Art has captured the feeling of the High Line in her new illustration. I received a print of it for as a birthday gift, and I love all the little people both in the park and also in the buildings nearby. I also love all the square windows and plaid patterns on the peoples’ clothes. If you love the High Line, you’ll understand just how great this image is. If you have not been on the High Line, go this weekend. The extended hours began on April 1, so the High Line park is now open 7AM – 10PM for strolling, snacking and dreaming.

Stop by to pick up your own print or another one of Nadia’s many wonderful images at ID Pop Shop inside Chelsea Market or at The Shops on Front Street in DUMBO.

Weekend Market Picks!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Foodieodicals Food Magazine Fest: The Food Book Fair is a fascinating event, but it’s a bit pricey. So if you want to get a feel for what it’s all about, then I suggest going to this cool Saturday event where you can meet the people behind influential food publications, like Edible Brooklyn, Cherry Bombe, Lucky Peach and more. It’s only $5, but buy your tickets in advance. 12PM – 5PM, the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue at North 11th Street, Brooklyn

Greenpoint / McCarren Park Greenmarket: This market has a lot going for it. It’s in a pretty park setting, for starters. It has live music, textile recycling and compost collection every Saturday. And it has a wonderful collection of local farmers and food makers selling seasonal fruits and veggies, as well as bakeries, fishmongers, a mushroom vendor and much more. It’s a real neighborhood market. 8AM – 3PM, Union Avenue between Driggs and N 12th Street, Brooklyn

Manhattan Vintage: Shop from dozens of vintage clothing and accessories dealers. I guarantee that these garments were built to last a lot longer than the new things we have access to today. Plus, what’s groovier than a 1960’s mini dress with a huge belt buckle, or a maxi dress from the 1970’s? Find wonderful classic designs as well at this semi-annual event. (Entry fee.) 11AM – 6PM, 125 18th Street, Metropolitan Pavilion, Manhattan

Pacific Flea: I thought I’d show some love for our neighbors across the Hudson! This flea market in Jersey City opens for the season. They have a great lineup of vintage vendors, upcycled artisans, handcrafted products, food and live music. What more could you want? 11AM – 6PM, 149 Pacific Avenue Jersey City, NJ

Ridgewood Night Bazaar: I am so glad to see the growth of night markets in the city! It’s about time. And this one is a first for the Ridgewood Market. Hang out with your friends and shop, eat, drink and even dance. There are also prizes to be won. Not a bad idea for a date either! 5PM – 11PM, Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens

Vegan Shop-Up: It’s time for this monthly pop-up market to get us all ready for spring with healthy, delicious vegan foods and products. Eat the empanadas and pulled porkless sliders from Freakin’ Vegan, plus samosas, pies, cakes, cookies, truffles. You can also find vegan clothing, handbags, wallets and backpacks from Grape cat. Everyone’s safe and happy at the Vegan Shop_Up! 12PM – 6PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2015

City Kitchen: In a super smart move, the Row Hotel opened up this beautiful food hall in mid-town. It’s not in the throngs of Times Square, but it’s close enough for tourists and people working in the neighborhood to enjoy delicious options for breakfast, lunch  and dinner. You’ll see some longtime market favorites, like Sigmund’s Pretzels and Dough Donuts, as well as Luke’s Lobster, Wooly’s Shaved Ice and several others. And then check out the spacious hotel lobby bar for drinks. 6:30AM – 9PM Sunday – Wednesday, 6:30AM – 11:30PM Thursday – Saturday, 700 8th Avenue at 44th Street, Manhattan

ID Pop Shop: Moving into the second week of their April pop-up, ID Pop has a beautiful collection of fine local designers of jewelry, accessories, home goods and clothing. It feels like time to refresh our look for the new season, and ID Pop is the place to do it. Next week, they will be welcoming some new vendors to switch things up a bit, so stop by more than once! 10:30AM – 7:30PM, in the large event space at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, Manhattan

LIC Flea: GRAND OPENING! Welcome back to the LIC Flea for the 2015 season! This large outdoor market is home to some great vintage sellers, handmade artisans and amazing food. This is their 3rd season, and they are home to 80 vendors. So there is a lot to do, see, buy and eat out in Long Island City this weekend! 10AM – 6PM,  5-25 46th Avenue at the corner of Fifth Street, Long Island City, Queens

Park Slope Flea: This sweet flea and artisan market opened last weekend, and it’s in such a great location. The school yard at PS 321 is right in the heart of Park Slope, so you’ll see families and neighbors mixed in with some adventurous tourists. I love seeing vintage sweaters hanging from the playground equipment. You can also find several excellent food vendors there if you need a snack. 10AM – 5PM, 180 2nd Avenue between 1st & 2nd Streets, Brooklyn

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hand Makers Market: If you’re looking for a little spiritual uplifting after our intense winter, than visit this market. You will find artisans selling handmade, eco, holistic and vintage goods, and “items inspired by indigenous, sacred ceremonial traditions from around the world.” You can also find vegan snacks and healthy drinks. Kid friendly too. I felt more relaxed just reading about it. 1PM – 9PM, at the Sacred Arts Research Foundation, 107 Green Street, G55, Greenpoint Brooklyn

Prospect Park Food Truck Rally:  Truth in advertising! Enjoy the great variety of savory and sweet treats from at least 14 of our favorite food trucks, all in the park on a Sunday afternoon. 11AM – 5PM, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Don’t step on any brave little crocuses this weekend! They need all the support we can give them.

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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