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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Weekend Market Picks May 23 & 24, 2015: Six Season Openings and Peony Season

Peonies from Dutch Mill Gardents in the Greenmarkets

Peonies from Dutchnill Garden in the Greenmarkets

I try not to play favorites, except for peonies. They are my very favorite flower. I love the way they smell, I love their soft, translucent leaves that are still quite resistant. I love their perfectly round buds that eventually pop open to reveal a soft silhouette with cool yellow pollen inside, or sometimes a bright streak of pink in an otherwise perfectly white flower, like the ones from Dutchmill Garden in the Greenmarkets.

It’s peak peony season now, and several vendors have them in the Greenmarkets around town. They are absolutely glories, so make sure you pick up a bunch to take home. And when you do, clip the stems and change the water every day to make your peonies last as long as possible.


Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Closing Night: Sadly, this amazing market has lost its lease, and Saturday is its final night in the space it has occupied so thoroughly and successfully in Williamsburg. I am hopeful that they will find a new home that is even better! But for now, go drown your sorrows in a game of air hockey. And follow that up with some therapy food. Drinks, food, art, crafts, entertainment for just one more night. 7PM – 1AM, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn

Morningside Park’s Down to Earth Market: OPENING DAY! This lovely and diverse farmers market opens for the season on Saturday with 15 vendors of produce and prepared foods. Upper Manhattan is always glad to have this market back! 9AM – 5PM, Corner of 110th St. & Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2015

25th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: Sponsored by Theater for the New City, this Lower East Side festival includes free theater, music, art, dance and cultural activities. It’s not a traditional market. It’s more like a market for your creative soul. 6PM – 12AM, 155 1st Avenue between 9th & 10th Streets, Manhattan

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: OPENING WEEKEND! On a happier note, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar organizers are spreading their reach to the beach! Stop by for live food, music, drinks, beach volleyball and general entertainment on the weekend throughout the summer.  The food vendors are open 7 days a week. 11AM – 9PM, Gateway National Recreation Area, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens

Smorgasburg in Coney Island: OPENING WEEKEND! 12 Smorgasburg vendors are joining the party at Coney Island this summer, starting this Saturday. The will be spread out along Bowery Avenue near the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium. Vendors include: Blue Marble, Bon Chovie, Dan & John’s Wings, El Gato Nacho, El Super, Excell Kingston Eatery, Home Frite, La Newyorkina, Mile End, Mofongo, Queen Cobra Thai, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. 11AM – 8PM, 1320 Bowery Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn

Smorgasburg in the SeaportOPENING WEEKEND! Smorgasburg is back in the historic Seaport too this summer, with 8 of their famous food and and a bar that are open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Vendors include: Cemitas El Tigre, Lonestar Empire, Lumpia Shack, Milk Truck, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Schnitz. 11AM – 8PM, 19 Fulton Street, Manhattan

Summer Pop Up on Governor’s IslandOPENING WEEKEND! Bushwick artisan collective Better Than Jam is hosting the 5th annual summer pop up shop on Governor’s Island. The shop features some of New York’s most talented craft artisans. This year, they are in a new house to setup the shop for the season. 11AM-4PM Saturday and Sundays, 11am-5pm Friday and Mondays, 410A in Colonels Row on Governors Island

Washington Square Outdoor Art ExhibitOPENING WEEKEND! Back for it’s 85tht year, this lovely outdoor fine art show opens this weekend and the following. You can enjoy art al fresco and meet the artists themselves, just like when Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKoonig founded this event in 1931, Open Saturday – Monday this week and Saturday & Sunday next week. 12PM – 6PM, on the sidewalks of University Place from East 13th Street south to Waverly Place, Manhattan


Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta: Winners and finalists of the Vendy Awards all bring their foods to Harlem for the afternoon. There’s a craft beer garden and live music too, so bring your friends.  12PM – 6PM La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue, Manhattan

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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