Haymarket is one of Boston’s oldest, and many would argue, best weekend institutions. Since 1830, vendors have congregated in the open space between the historic North End and Government Center from sunrise to sunset on Fridays and Saturdays, rain or shine, hawking the city’s cheapest produce sourced from wholesalers making space for new shipments. But like so many things that are old and good, Haymarket’s continued presence is not guaranteed, and it seems unlikely that Haymarket will remain the way it is – loud, imperfect but loved, for long.
Flea Marqueta welcomes visitors at 116th St. and Park Ave at its grand opening Sunday.
Half a century ago, the area under the Metro North tracks in Harlem would be a bustle of activity as residents congregated to do their weekly shopping in the famed La Marqueta. On Sunday, the grand opening of Flea Marqueta (which we previewed last week) hinted at the activity to come each weekend under the tracks this summer.
There crowd was small when we visited a little after noon on Sunday, and lacked the frenzy and energy that’s present at Smorgasburg or New Amsterdam Market. But the close-knit community feel that sometimes missing from bigger markets was palpable here. (more…)
La Marqueta’s Flea Marqueta will open for the first time on Sunday under East Harlem’s Metro North tracks on E. 116 St. and Park Ave.
While it seems that dozens of open-air markets like the Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg and the Essex Street and New Amsterdam Markets have popped up in NYC, the seas of food vendors, artisans, locals and visitors have yet to venture far uptown. This absence will be filled this Sunday, when Flea Marqueta debuts at Harlem’s historic La Marqueta under the Metro North tracks at East 116th Street. Sunday’s collection of local vendors, business owners and performers will showcase Harlem’s diverse culture and represents another development in the gradual revival of La Marqueta. The market was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, when it hosted over 500 vendors and was a major economic and social nexus of the neighborhood — the “spiritual heart of East Harlem,” according to the New York Times.
Flea Marqueta, which draws inspiration from the Brooklyn Flea and the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, is set to run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday from June 23 to late October. Aside from food and art stalls, the market will have live entertainment each week, including a DJ and local performance groups. On June 30,GrowNYC will host a “Stop ‘N’ Swap,” during which people can trade used items for other’s that catches their eyes.
Brooklyn Flea Philly launched last Sunday at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philadelphia’s new up-and-coming neighborhood of Northern Liberties, aka NoLibs. Like its twin brother in Williamsburg, the open-air market will run every Sunday 10am-5pm and will feature a tightly curated selection of art, antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry. (more…)
Brought to you by the same people who run Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg, is a gastronomic delight. Smorgasburg is open, rain or shine, from 11:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturdays, in East River State Park (Kent Ave. and N. 7 St. on the Williamsburg waterfront), and on Sundays it is located in the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The vendors feature packaged and prepared foods, beverages, and more from purveyors from New York City and across the region, for a total of 75-100 vendors. We recently interviewed Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, the creative minds behind Smorgasburg.
Below are a sample of the artisinal (and hipster) culinary delights that await you at Smorgasburg: (more…)
Mercat dels Encants is one of the oldest markets in Europe. Certain references set its origin in the fourteenth century, being a testimony of the commercial dynamic of Barcelona.
When you start walking around this flea market you cross among the nice dusty smell of old books, sizzling sounds of old vinyl, old clothes, shoes, toys and furniture with lots of stories behind them – and this famous old salesman standing there for years with his own stories. (more…)