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Weekend Market Picks July 6 & 7, 2013: NEW VIDEO with Ice Riders Shaved Ice

Is it hot out? I hadn’t noticed. I’ve been busy dreaming about my next shaved ice from Ice Riders. This group of transplanted Texans are bringing eco-friendly, heat-busting, cowboy-hat-wearing frozen relief all summer long at the LIC Flea & Food Market.

Jet, David and Chelsea are building their icy empire around a very cool, bike-powered shaved ice machine. Plus everything that isn’t edible is recyclable – cups, spoons and napkins. AND their flavors are certified kosher. As if that isn’t enough, they donate a portion of their proceeds to charities.

Last weekend at the LIC Flea was enough to melt even the most tropical-blooded shoppers. As a tea fanatic, I was thrilled to see that Ice Riders were serving up their signature Southern Style Sweet Tea shaved ice. I shot this video to show you what these Ice Riders are all about. I can’t show you what their shaved ice tasted like though. You’ll have to get out to Queens and try one for yourself at the LIC Flea every weekend through the summer.

Weekend Market Picks

Note: Some markets are closed for the holidays or the heat. So please check their websites and FB pages for updates!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hester Street Fair: It’s going to be a hot day, but Hester Street has plenty of shade and cold drinks! Plus killer vintage and artisanal market sellers! 10AM – 6PM, Hester Street at Essex, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 2013

Brooklyn Flea: You know the Brooklyn Flea has two market locations, right? Plus the new venue in Philly! If you’re among those of us who are not at the beach this weekend, check out the Brooklyn Flea Saturday and Sunday. 10AM – 5 PM, Saturdays at 176 Lafayette Ave., Sundays at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.), Brooklyn

Smorgasburg: Smorgasburg, the Brookyn Flea’s incredible food market, is also open Saturdays and Sundays. It’s probably a great weekend to go too, as the lines may be more reasonable (what with everyone but us at the beach and all). 11AM – 6PM, Saturdays at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.); Sundays at Front + Fulton St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn

Artists & Fleas: You may just want to focus on indoor markets this weekend, and Artists & Fleas has two great indoor locations. The ongoing market in Williamsburg is one of the most dynamic designer and vintage markets in town, and their seasonal pop-up in Chelsea Market has the added bonus of being inside one of the foremost food markets in Manhattan. 10AM-7PM, 70 North 7th Street between Kent & Wythe Avenues, Brooklyn; Open 7 days 10:00AM-7:00PM inside Chelsea Market, 88 Tenth Avenue & West 15th Street, Manhattan

Essex Street Market: The Essex Street Market serves the dual purpose of providing staple and imported foods to the neighborhood and also of being the home to fine, artisanal food purveyors, including chocolates, cheese, bread and much more. Shop for products and eat there too! Open 7 days: Monday – Saturday 8AM – 7PM, Sunday 10AM – 6PM, 120 Essex St. at Delancey, Manhattan

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Flea Marqueta: I haven’t visited this market yet, but I’m aiming to get there on Sunday to check it out! I love that this historic Harlem market is continuing to see the spirit breathed back into it. 12PM – 6PM, 1640 Park Avenue at 116th St., Manhattan

GreenFlea Market: This classic Upper West Side flea market also includes some outstanding handmade products, as well foods to snack on while you stroll. Do not miss the inside vendors in the hallways and cafeteria. Some serious treasures to be found. 10AM – 5:30PM, Columbus Avenue between W. 76th and W. 77th Sts., Manhattan

79th Street Greenmarket: I usually recommend this beautiful farmers market together with the Greenflea because they are caddy corner from each other, just across Columbus Avenue. We are entering my favorite season in the markets, with strawberries, peaches, tomatoes and corn in abundance. 9AM – 5PM, Columbus Avenue btwn 78th & 81st Streets, Manhattan

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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