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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Weekend Market Picks, November 2 & 3, 2013: Bryant Park Winter Village

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OK – Are you sitting down? It is opening weekend of the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park!

The Holiday Village encompasses the Holiday Shops and the ice skating rink, as well as Celsius, the rinkside pop-up restaurant. The longest-running holiday event in the city, the Holiday Shops are open November 1, 2013 – January 5, 2014. The rink and Celsius stay open through March 2, 2014.

This market features over 100 vendors from New York City and beyond. It is also a food destination. So don’t worry about going hungry because you won’t have to! Each vendor has an individual glass kiosk, and they are encouraged to decorate them as distinctly as they want. So as you stroll through the market paths, you will see over 100 distinct boutiques.

The glass kiosks are a nod to the history of Bryant Park and the Crystal Palace, which was built on that spot for the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York City in 1853. It burned to the ground in 1856, but it must have been spectacular and definitely worth remembering every year during the holidays.

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Brooklyn Night BazaarSomeone asked me recently why New York doesn’t have a good night market. And now I can say that we do! Every Friday and Saturday, the BK Bazaar features bands, artisans, art and food vendors. It’s a market party! 6PM – 12AM, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn [map]

Fort Greene Greenmarket: Fall is a brilliant time to visit this market because the location next to the park is so beautiful, and because the variety of produce and other local foods is nothing short of inspiring. This market has some kind of neighborhood magic year round, but fall is always particularly special. 8AM – 4PM, Washington Park btw DeKalb & Willoughby, Brooklyn [map]

Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 2013

Antiques Garage: Looking for a great flea market? Schedule a visit to this New York destination, which is part of the fabled history of Chelsea flea markets. It is two stories of vendor tables, and it is indoors, rain or shine. 9AM – 5PM, 112 West 25th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan [map]

Bleecker Street Market: Situated on the sidewalk alongside Our Lady of Pompeii, this sweet market has a balanced collection of local handmade artisans and vintage vendors. Take the time to slow down and have a look. 11AM – 6PM, Bleecker Street between Carmine & Leroy, Manhattan [map]

Broadway Bites: If you miss Madison Square Eats (Mad. Sq. Eats), you’re in luck! Urban Space launched a new foodie-friendly market in Greeley Square, near Herald Square. Over 25 diverse and delicious food and craft beer vendors for all palates. Open 7 days through 11/24, 11AM – 9PM, Greeley Square Park, 33rd Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan. [map]

Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: See above. 10AM – 9PM Saturday; 10AM – 6PM Sunday; 11am – 8pm Monday–Friday, Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan. [map]

Nolita Market:Also at home on the sidewalks of New York, and coincidentally also next to a church (Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, not to be confused with the one on 5th Ave. uptown!), you can find some fine New York designers and their handmade products in this picturesque market. 11AM – 7PM, Prince Street between Mulberry and Mott, Manhattan [map]

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fine Artists in Union Square: When the grand Union Square Greenmarket is not taking place on the plaza, New York fine artists and photographers set up tables in the space. There is some really good art to be found, and you can meet the artists themselves. If Banksy really wanted to sell his art to New Yorkers, he would have set up his tables in Union Square on a Sunday. 10AM – 7PM, Union Square, Manhattan (map)

Park Slope Farmers Market: One of my favorite farmers markets in the city, this Sunday neighborhood market has a wonderful variety of farm produce, as well as baked goods and prepared foods and other pantry staples, as well as yarn. 10AM – 4PM, 4th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn (map)

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City



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