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Weekend Market Picks August 1 & 2, 2015: Sweet White Elephant

White Elephant

I’m back! I was in Las Vegas for a technology conference, but mostly to visit Grandma Teapot, my friend who is 103 years old. What an amazing woman, filled with incredible stories about life in the US throughout the last century. We just missed that crazy pool fire in our hotel too – we’d left that morning. The Vegas Strip is like a gigantic Times Square. Even James was won over by the fountains at the Bellagio hotel, but it sure is nice to be back to the low key atmosphere that is summer in New York City.

I have been meaning to share this little white elephant with you. No “white elephant” jokes – she is too sweet for that. I saw her at Perryphernalia, the Perry Street Fair in the spring, and fell in love. But I didn’t buy her! Regrets all around. I’m sure she went to a wonderful new home, but how many times do I have to learn my lesson and just buy it when I see it if I love it?

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Meatpacking MKT: NEW! Finally – a street fair that goes beyond tube socks and roasted corn! Read the full press release and stop by for local food and local artisan goods. 11AM – 6PM, 9th Avenue between 14th & 17th Street, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2, 2015

Chelsea Market: If it’s too hot outside for you, then visit this beautiful food emporium. Bakeries, seafood, Asian street food – whatever you want to eat, you can find it here. Pop in after you stroll through Meatpacking MKT!  7AM – 9PM Mon – Sat, 8AM – 8PM Sun, 75 9th Avenue, Manhattan

LES Indoor Summer Market: Gallery La La is hosting this pop up on the Lower East Side where you can shop for beautiful and affordable handmade designs. 11AM – 7PM, Open 7 days a week, 154 Stanton Street, Manhattan

Nolita Market: Look for the pretty umbrellas above this bucolic sidewalk market filled with outstanding and unique handmade goods from local artists and designers. 10AM – 7PM, Prince Street between Mulberry & Mott, Manhattan

Queens International Night Market: Grab your friends and hit this new and ongoing night market for food, local artisans, and entertainment under the stars. It’s only slated to run through August, so go there now! 6PM – Midnight, New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Saint Anthony’s Market: This market sets up right on Houston Street every weekend. If you’re going to Soho, make sure and stop by for vintage and handmade wares, as well as colorful imported products. 10AM – Dusk, West Houston between Thompson & MacDougal Streets, Manhattan

Smorgasburg Queens: Smorg’s Queens location, the “World’s Fare,” is an indoor/outdoor space filled with carefully curated food vendors from the borough itself. Smorgasburg Queens is filled with delicious things to eat, and it is an easy walk from the 7, E, M, R and G trains. 11am-6pm, 43-29 Crescent Street, Long Island City, Queens

Summer Pop Up on Governor’s Island: It’s a lovely ferry ride from Lower Manhattan to Governor’s Island out in the New York Harbor. Visit this charming handmade Etsy artisan shop in the first house on Colonel’s Row. Sponsored by Better Than Jam. 11AM-4PM Saturdays and Sundays, 1am-5pm Fridays and Mondays, through September 27th, 410A in Colonels Row, Governors Island

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Park Slope Down To Earth Farmers Market: I love this market because the neighborhood loves it. The Down To Earth organization sponsors markets that combine region farmers and local food vendors. Check out the wonderful lineup of edibles in this market on Sunday! 10AM – 4PM, 4th Street at 5th Avenue, The Old Stone House, Brooklyn

Vendy Plaza: If you want to meet the newest upcoming food vendor stars, visit Vendy Plaza up in East Harlem. This market features Vendy Award winning food purveyors, and it also serves as an incubator for new food entrepreneurs. Go hungry. And there’s beer! 12PM – 6PM, Park Avenue between 115th & 116th Street, under the Metro North Tracks, Manhattan

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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