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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Weekend Market Picks for April 21 & 22: Gauge NYC + Earth Day

I love my LOVE earrings from Gauge NYC.  I picked them up last month at the Artisan Bazaar (coming back soon!), and now Gauge is in the great new Springle Market inside Chelsea Market.  Paul Smotrys, the metalsmith behind Gauge NYC, creates wire sculptures that are hearts, flowers, single letters, and beautiful words. His pieces range from larger letters and words to adorn a wall or a mantle, to delicate necklaces and earrings.

Here are my Market Picks for this weekend:

Saturday Only, April 21, 2012

Prospect Heights Craft Fair: This craft fair has a wonderful vibe and a fantastic collection of crafters.  Last year’s event was filled with beautifully made objects and delicious treats. Markets of New York City is a sponsor for this event because the proceeds go to support arts programming at PS 9 in Prospect Heights. My art teachers were some of the most influential people in my life growing up, so I’m happy to help kids learn to be creative for the rest of their lives. (11:00AM to 6:00PM, PS 9, 80 Underhill Ave, between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street, Brooklyn)

Smorgasburg : Smorgasburg features a seriously delicious array of local food artisan.  There are so many irresistible options that my best advice is to forgo any ideas of savory to start and sweet for dessert. Just go for the shortest line you see and try whatever they’re selling. And go hungry, because you’re going to leave wishing you had a bigger stomach and vowing to come back next week. (11:00AM – 6:00PM, East River Waterfront btw. North 6 + 7 Streets, Brooklyn)

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket:  While you’re wandering in Park Slope, stop by this big, gorgeous farmers market. They always have great cooking demos and 30+ sellers of produce, grains, baked goods, pickles, eggs, maple syrups and more.  Don’t forget – it’s Asparagus Season, and the ramps will only last for so long till next year! (8:00AM – 3:00PM, Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue, the Northwest Corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

Saturday and Sunday:

Springle Market:  From the organizer of the festive Jingle holiday market comes the airy, treasure-filled Springle Market!  This new seasonal pop-up market boasts 19 independent merchants, and each has created small, lovely boutiques. Linden Hill Gardens up at the front creates an instant sense of green calm with plants, flowers, terrariums and dish gardens flowing through their shop. Congratulations to Elements/Jill Schwarts for creating a true spring market! (10:3oAM – 7:00PM, Inside Chelsea Market, 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Street, Manhattan)

Park Slope Flea Market:  The Park Slope Flea Market is a classic. It has been a part of the neighborhood for years, but do not take it for granted. There are some great things in this market, including antique lace, old books, miniature collectibles, bonsai trees and bric-a-brac.  Sometimes the furniture selection can be great too. So if you’ve walked past this market in the PS 321 schoolyard a million times, stop in and have a good look around this weekend. (7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets, Brooklyn)

Sunday Only – Earth Day!

Jackson Heights Greenmarket: Another wonderful farmers market, the Jackson Heights Greenmarket is also great for people watching because the neighborhood is so diverse. Celebrate Earth Day this weekend at this market by making a seed sprout necklace! They also have textile recycling and composting every weekend. Visit the GrowNYC table for more information. And then go straight to the Jackson Diner for my favorite, amazing Indian Lunch Buffet. (8:00AM – 3:00PM, 34th Ave at 77th St, Queens)

Happy Earth Day, Happy Spring, and don’t forget that Mother’s Day is right around the corner! (Shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day?)

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