05/28/14 2:00pm

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Whether it’s slurping on  hot noodle soup by a roadside in Thailand or grabbing a falafel from a street cart in New York, street food isn’t just about the food—it’s about transporting a sense of community to urban areas and creating an interconnected hub of public space and activity, for everyone. In London, the street food culture has been spurred on  by overcrowding and the need to put wasted space to good use. Not to mention it can also be pretty fun sampling some beer surrounded by sculptures in an abandoned multi-story parking garage in the back streets of London.  (more…)

12/13/13 5:30pm

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We rounded up 10 of the best, craftiest and quirkiest holiday markets and fairs in Manhattan Brooklyn and Queens, from Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market to the Morbid Anatomy Holiday Fair.

Manhattan

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market is a rotating pop-up shop held throughout the year at Chelsea Market that brings together a curated collection of independent designers, emerging artists and vintage collectors from the Artists & Fleas family over time to the heart of Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District. Inside Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (between 15th & 16th Streets). Open daily.

BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair. Join BUST in NYC’s hip Chelsea ‘hood for a two-day shopping, eating, crafting, and merrymaking extravaganza featuring over 200 amazing handmade, vintage, and fancy-food vendors. December 15 & 16, 10am-7pm. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (at 6th Ave).

Holiday Market by Flea Marqueta at Urban Garden Center features local vendors and artists in Harlem. Saturdays and Sundays in December, 10am-7pm. 116th and Park Ave.  (more…)

08/15/13 1:00pm

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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.

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06/25/13 10:00am

flea-marqueta-harlem-untappedFlea 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…)

06/21/13 9:00am

flea-marqueta-harlem-untapped-gatesLa 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.

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06/07/13 3:00pm

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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…)