Sunny times ahead! Three New York City shopping markets are open this weekend
And three other open NYC markets make it official: Summer shopping season is here
Wed Apr 30 2014
Here's a thought to get you through this gloomy, rainy day: Just keep working for the weekend, because that's when the weather will finally cooperate. A handful of outdoor shopping markets are opening this weekend, making it possible to spend the day outside browsing for deals on home goods and warm weather clothing.
Opening this weekend:
The popular Williamsburg Flea left East River State Park last year and debuts in a new home on Sunday 4. This location in the 'hood features 150 vendors with a variety of goods that range from deals (vintage locket earrings by Sharon London, $12) to splurges (aprons from Hartford Denim Co., $100). 50 Kent Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn (brooklynflea.com). Sun 10am-5pm.
Astoria Flea & Food
This brand-new market, a collab between LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, kicks off Sunday 4. Located in the back lot of the TV/film studio (which is currently home to Sesame Street, Nurse Jackie and Orange Is the New Black), the flea will feature typical market fare: food, antiques, accessories and more. The current plan is to operate for the next eight Sundays, with an optional extension depending on its initial success. 35-23 35th Ave at 38th St, Astoria, Queens (facebook.com/astoriaflea). Sun 10am-6pm.
Sugar Hill Market
Okay, so Harlem's newest monthly market isn't alfresco...yet. The next installment takes place Sunday 4 at the Harlem Garage, with around 20 vendors selling antique furniture, Mother's Day cards, women's bespoke hats and Harlem-centric posters. The folks behind Sugar Hill say their goal is to host an outdoor market over the summer, but they're still figuring out those plans. And really, if the summer is going to be as rainy as the forecasts predict, an indoor summer bazaar might be a good Plan B. 318 W 118th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) and Manhattan Ave (sugarhillmarketnyc.blogspot.com). Sun 4 10am-6pm.
Brooklyn Flea-Park Slope P.S. 321
The Brooklyn Flea has taken over the P.S. 321 Flea Market (a.k.a. the Park Slope Flea Market), but the neighborhood vibe remains. In addition to antiques and handmade items from about 25 vendors, the market offers a variety of free programming for kids every weekend from noon to 3pm. (Translation: child-phobic shoppers should stay away during those times.) 180 Seventh Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts., Park Slope, Brooklyn (brooklynflea.com). Sat, Sun 10am-5pm.
LIC Flea & Food
After a successful launch last summer, this Queens market returned to Long Island City earlier this month. The flea (the largest in the borough) hosts more than 85 vendors selling food, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more in an empty parking lot not far from the iconic PEPSI-COLA sign. New this year: There are plans to sell booze, so shop wisely. 5-25 46th Ave at 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (licflea.com). Sat, Sun 10am-6pm.
Hester Street Fair
Trivia time: This pretty, tree-lined Lower East Side bazaar is located on the grounds of what was NYC's largest pushcart market in the early 1900s. Today, the Hester Street Fair packs in shoppers every weekend with a killer combination of curated vintage wares-retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats. Look for surprising booths, like Compass Yoga, where you can get an assessment of your posture. Hester St at Essex St (hesterstreetfair.com). Sat, Sun 11am-6pm.
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