• Karen Seiger

Weekend Market Picks March 22 & 23, 2014: Visit The Union Square Artists

Despite rumors of a nor’easter next week, it is officially springtime in the city. And that means that the Union Square artists are back outside. They are permitted to sell in Union Square as expressive matter vendors, under the First Amendment of the Constitution that protects freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

These painters and photographers are the real thing. Stop at their tables and learn about their art. You may be inspired to take home some new pieces to liven up your home.

And definitely stop by and check out the range of intriguing photographs by Susan, whom you may know from her Himalayan rock salts and beeswax candles in the Union Square Holiday Market. She only sells her photographs in Union Square, but definitely ask her about her amazing pink rock salt and salt lamps.

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23, 2014

abcmkt: ABC Carpet & Home recently opened a food, tabletop and kitchen market on the lower level. Stop by for tastings and events. And make sure you ask the staff about products that interest you because every item has a story. 10AM -7PM Saturday, 11AM – 6:30PM Sunday, 888 Broadway, Manhattan [Map]

The Market NYC: Visit three floors of fashion, jewelry and home decor products in this artisan market on Bleecker Street. 11AM – 9PM Saturday, 12PM – 8PM Sunday (Open Wed – Sunday weekly), 159 Bleecker Street, Manhattan [Map]

First Amendment Artists Market: As I mention above, this loose convergence of real painters, photographers and other artists gathers on Union Square when the farmers market is not going on. You will find some artists on Saturday, more on Sunday, and there will be some out during the week when the weather is good. Union Square, Manhattan [Map]

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe for spring, come to this flea market! It is the place where fabulous fashion finds new life. Check out other great flea market finds too, including furniture and memorabilia. 9AM – 5PM, West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, Manhattan [Map]

Essex Street Market: This food market originated in the 1940’s, and today’s food vendors reflect the same quality of the original ones: fresh food, locally made, accessible to the neighborhood. There are some really fabulous food stalls here, both to eat on premises and to take home for later. 8AM – 7PM Saturday, 10AM – 6PM Sunday, 120 Essex Street at Delancey, Manhattan [Map]

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Carroll Gardens Greenmarket: This neighborhood farmers market by GrowNYC has a great variety of vendors selling regionally grown products. Stroll through the market early and then hit a tasty brunch spot. Textile recycling and compost collection too! 8AM – 3PM, Carroll St and Smith St, Brooklyn [Map]

Park Slope Winter Farmers Market: A leisurely 20 minute walk from Carroll Gardens is an even larger Sunday farmers market. Brought to us by Down To Earth Markets, the Park Slope market offers a beautiful array of fresh produce, baked goods and prepared foods. They also do textile recycling and compost collection. 10AM – 5PM, 4th Street at 5th Avenue. Brooklyn [Map]

It’s officially SPRING! Enjoy!

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