• Karen Seiger

Weekend Market Picks May 16 & 17, 2015: Bleecker Street Artisan & Flea Market

Sheila Strong, Bakelite Expert and Founder of the Bleecker Street Artisan & Flea Market


If you’ve ever stopped to shop at the Bleecker Street Artisan & Flea Market, you have probably met my lovely friend Sheila. If you love Bakelite, I’m certain you’ve spent time with her beautiful collection at this market or one of several vintage markets during the year.

Sheila founded the Bleecker Street Market shortly after September 11, 2001 to help revitalize her corner of Lower Manhattan. It remains one of my favorite markets, although I confess that I simply walked right by without really stopping for many years. But that was before knew better. Once I focused on the wonderful offerings of markets in the city, I realized how rich the offerings on Bleecker Street are every weekend. Take my word for it; walk over to Bleecker Street this weekend and spend some time in this market. There are many treasures to be found and many nice people to meet there, like Sheila.

Visit the Bleecker Street Artisan & Flea Market Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM – 6PM, on Bleecker Street between Leroy and Carmine Streets in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, May 16, 2015

101 & 102nd Street Block Association Spring Bazaar: For people who love a pile to rummage through, this is the event for you. It is essentially a giant stoop sale, where neighbors declutter their homes and bring their items out to the street to sell — most likely to other neighbors! It is a family-friendly event with face-painting, balloons, live music and refreshments. The Rain Date is Sunday, May 17th. 10AM – 5PM, 103rd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive, Manhattan

Bedford Barrow Commerce Fine Arts and Crafts Fair: Get a taste for what it’s like to live in the Greenwich Village community at this annual event sponsored by the Bedford Barrow Commerce (BBC) Block Association. Artisans, food purveyors and musicians take the place of parked cars for the day. There are plenty of tables under the trees, where you can take a load off and meet a new friend. 10AM – 7PM, on Bedford, Barrow and Commerce Streets, Manhattan

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair at Smorgasburg: There’s a lot of love out there for vinyl. This annual event attracts thousands of music lovers who can shop from almost 70 record vendors. There are 5 DJ’s spinning all day, plus the incredible variety of food purveyors at Smorgasburg. 11AM – 6PM, 90 Kent Avenue, East River State Park, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Let’s get out and show some love for New York’s first and fabulous night market. You probably heard that they have lost their lease, and they will be closing in this location at the end of the month. They will be hosting night bazaars out in Far Rockaway starting next weekend, and they will also be looking for a new year-round venue. Food, drinks, music, art, pingpong – what more could you need on a Saturday night? 7PM – 1AM, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn

Vegan Shop Up: The city’s first all-vegan market is popping up for May with their amazing collection of locally made and delicious vegan food to eat on site or to take home with you. They are also hosting a book signing with Chef Adam Sobel for his wonderful new cookbook,  Street Vegan: Recipes and Dispatches from The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck! 12PM – 6PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015

9th Avenue International Food Festival: It’s nothing short of astonishing that the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood closes 9th Avenue to vehicles for pretty much the whole weekend, all for the love of food. The 9th Avenue Association hosts this annual even to promote neighborhood businesses and invite the community out to have some fun together. There’s a huge variety of foods to try, so pace yourself. 12PM – 5PM, Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street, Manhattan

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fabulous 5th Avenue Street Fair: Fabulous 5th isn’t your average street fair. It has always been a “merchants first” event, inviting and giving priority to more than 200 local shops and restaurants in Park Slope to spread out onto the sidewalk and the Avenue for the day. You’ll find tons of food, lots of amazing handmade designs and even a vintage car show. Wear your walking shoes! 12PM – 6PM, Fifth Avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street, Brooklyn

Seed Market: Everything in this market is plant-based and cruelty free. There are multiple vegan food and drink vendors, find handmade craft artisans, and a roster of speakers and chefs sharing their experiences and recipes throughout the day. It has a really great vibe! 11AM – 6PM, at The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Vendy Plaza: They’re back! Every Sunday through September 6th, a collection of the Vendy Award finalists and other premier street food vendors are gathering in East Harlem La Marqueta, under the Metro North railroad tracks. Different New York breweries will be serving up cold beers every weekend as well. This event was hugely popular last year, and I am thrilled to see that it will be running regularly this year! 12PM – 6PM, Park Avenue between 115th & 116th Street, under the Metro North Tracks, Manhattan

Coming Up: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Vegan Beauty Affair:  Vegan Beauty Affair is “a seasonal showcase of the finest vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands and products using natural, safe and sustainable ingredients.” Sounds amazing, inside and out! 6PM – 9PM, Spreadhouse NYC, 116 Suffolk Street, Manhattan

Enjoy the weekend, rain or shine!

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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