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East 67th Street Market

East 67th Street Market | Artists & Fleas

1. Shop for a cause
One of the city’s longest-running markets, East 67th Street opened in August 1979 with just three vendors; the Saturday-only depot has since grown to include more than 100 dealers from the tristate area. Over the years, the market’s proceeds have raised more than $2 million to benefit public education at P.S. 183, where vendors set up year-round in the outdoor schoolyard and indoor cafeteria. The money has helped the school finance computer labs, textbooks, air-conditioning units and a new art room.

2. Eat farm-fresh produce
While the indoor portion is dedicated to accessories, antiques and collectibles, the outdoor consists of books, vintage clothes, assorted knickknacks and a greenmarket with seasonal produce from farms in the tristate area. Refuel with a juicy peach ($3 per pound) from Sarah and Nancy’s Amish Farm in Watsontown, Pennsylvania, a market regular.

3. Poke through these stalls Richard Nixon visited
Though you don’t have to drag yourself out of bed on a Saturday for the 6am opening to get the good stuff, you’ll want to browse before 10am, when the bulk of shoppers arrive. Otherwise, you’ll be battling through the crowds of fabulous Upper East Side women and their fashionable offspring who have been loyal to the market for decades, as well as the occasional celebrity—Marisa Tomei, Bernadette Peters and even Richard Nixon, accompanied by his Secret Service agents, have all shopped here.

4. Buy Tiffany jewels from an actor
If you have a soft spot for sparkly things, you’ll be drawn like a magnet to Rosalind Harris’s estate and costume brooches, bracelets and necklaces. A lifelong jewelry collector and actor (you may remember her as Tzeitel in the original film version of Fiddler on the Roof), Harris sources her high-end finds from well-known designers—Tiffany, Miriam Haskell—on her travels to estate sales and flea markets in France, England and Hungary. Prices range from $75 for newer pieces to thousands of dollars for 1940s gold-encrusted collector’s items. Her sparkling rhinestone necklaces ($150 and up) from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s are fit for a walk down the red carpet—real or imagined.

5. Snag Hilary Swank’s sunnies
A-listers like Paul Simon and Hilary Swank don the vintage and contemporary frames ($95--$200) from Eyewear by Sarita (212-353-3939), whose round and cat-eye styles come in myriad colors (bright greens, sunny yellows and scarlet reds) and can be customized with Swarovski crystals. Most of Sarita’s clients are what she calls “intellectually chic,” referring to the recent phenomenon of women who buy and wear thicker men’s frames, so don’t be surprised if you spot a heavily masculine selection.
TONY deal: Mention TONY to get 20 percent off all purchases through Sept 4.

6. Wrap yourself in international scarves
You could spend hours sorting through Susan Carpenter’s piles of vintage scarves in silks, cottons, floral prints, stripes and funky retro patterns—they number in the hundreds and are a steal at $5 a pop. Carpenter and her late husband were part of the original East 67th Street Market community; 31 years later, she continues to be a fixture, selling her colorful neckware alongside inexpensive rings and necklaces ($10) picked up from her travels to Prague, Paris, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay.

7. Score earrings fit for a maharaja
For gorgeous dangling earrings ($45--$300), head to Binny Singh’s table, which is packed with Indian-inspired handmade jewelry that incorporate precious and semiprecious stones and are designed by his wife, Thaya Salamacha. Particularly eye-catching are the vermeil studs ($45) dotted with rubies, emeralds, coral, blue sapphire and pearl.
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 20 percent off all purchases through August 15.

8. Get Audrey Hepburn’s autograph
One of the market’s founding vendors, Paul Craffey (paulcraffey.com, 212-684-3576) splits his time between Fort Lauderdale and Manhattan. He has been hawking estate jewelry from around the globe, like his Art Deco cuff links ($75--$750) and costume necklaces ($45--$200), almost every weekend since 1979. Ask him about his paper memorabilia collection, which includes a copy of the debut issue of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s George, and vintage covers of LIFE, Vue and Paris Match ($15--$100); Marilyn Monroe calendars ($250); and signed photographs of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and old-Hollywood heartthrob Cary Grant ($400--$500).

9. Nosh blue-ribbon pastries
Satisfying marketgoers’ sweet-tooth cravings since the beginning, Alexandra’s Baked Goods (917-297-5534) will keep your blood sugar up with a mouthwatering lemon square ($1.25), award-winning raspberry and apricot linzer tortes ($6.75), banana-and-flaxseed cakes ($1) and mini orange muffins (30).
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off through July 31.

Postflea: Give your feet a much-needed rest at St. Catherine’s Park (E 67th St at First Ave, nycgovparks.org/parks/stcatherinespark), where you can stage an impromptu game of chess on one of the square-checkered concrete tables or peep sweaty hot guys playing basketball.

GO THERE NOW!
East 67th Street Market, E 67th St between First and York Aves (718-897-5992, east67thstreetmarket.org). Year-round. Sat 6am--5pm.

—Melody Serafino

East 67th Street Market | Artists & Fleas

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East 67th Street Market | Artists & Fleas

1. The 411 on the A and F
Indoor indie-designer and vintage market Artists & Fleas is a quiet and mellow Northside respite just off the well-trafficked Bedford Avenue. Growing steadily since it launched in December 2003, A&F champions a creative, DIY aesthetic—it welcomes a rotating range of talented craftspeople, trendy collectors and tinkerers who sell vintage clothing, screen-printed T-shirts, jewelry, snacks and idiosyncratic creations every weekend. Visit the flea as early as possible for a calmer atmosphere and the best selection of merch and food.

2. Quirky baubles reign
Georgia Varidakis (georgiavaridakis.com) fashions darkly romantic yet remarkably unfussy jewelry out of sterling silver, gold, copper and organic materials like geodes. The items reference everything from nature (a claw necklace, $148) and travel (a sterling wings necklace, $48) to sophisticated decades past (a shield ring, $68). Hers is one of the first stands you’ll see when you enter, and you may find yourself hard-pressed to walk away without buying something. Each season, Varidakis tests out new designs at A&F, and she’s always open to custom orders. The jewelry she sells at the market is 20 to 50 percent cheaper than it is at the shops that carry her wares, including Mini Mini Market (218 Bedford Ave at N 5th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-7849, miniminimarket.com).
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 20 percent off all purchases through Sunday 18.

3. Time travel to the sartorial past
Martha Camarillo of Gypsy Nation Vintage (gypsynationvintage.com) sources items that represent an eclectic spectrum of bygone decades, such as the 1920s and 1970s. At her large booth, located in the front room, you’ll find accessories like Joan & David Victorian-inspired pumps ($98) and tooled leather purses($145--$350). She and her partner, Jackie Erhler, also carry heaps of patterned clothing in excellent condition, not to mention rings, bags and hats.
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through July 28.

4. Prepare to spend
You can attempt to haggle, but you might not get anywhere. “Generally speaking, there aren’t any particular vendors known for bargaining, but I think we all have done so in the past,” says Varidakis, who is also the director of operations and special events at the flea. Most of the vendors here do offer special pricing that is between 15 to 30 percent below retail.

5. Boozy treats
Greenpoint baker Chrissy Barnes, who works under the moniker Le Petit Cupcakery (lepetitnyc.com), has been selling her tiny, booze-infused cocktail cupcakes ($1 each) for only a few months. But the response has been quite positive: The maple-date-bacon treats are “a huge hit with the gentlemen,” says Barnes, and “the girls at the market shun me if I don’t bring the bourbon pecan,” so you’ll always find them there as well. Several other flavors vary depending on Barnes’s mood and what’s in season, like the fig-and-honey or horchata varieties.
TONY deal: Mention TONY and get one cupcake free when you buy five through July 18.

6. Touch-type accessories
“My work is minimalist, made out of common things with a twist and a bit of humor,” says New Jersey designer Fredy Roncalla (etsy.com/shop/churoncalla), whose typewriter-key pendants ($15--$20), rings ($10--$15), bracelets ($25) and cufflinks (like the hugs-and-kisses XO, $25) will surely earn you compliments from the literary set. If accessories created out of refurbished writing implements don’t start your heart fluttering, perhaps the notion of wearing cutlery will: Roncalla buys vintage forks and spoons, which he twists into rings, pendants and choker necklaces ($15--$45).
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 15 percent off all purchases through Sunday 18.

7. Old is new again
Etc. Modern Vintage Jewelry (etcmodernvintage.com) grew out of Liz and Kim Teich’s urge to salvage old heirlooms and turn them into unexpected, contemporary designs. They find the trinkets (many of which date as far back as the 1800s) used in their charm necklaces ($55) and bracelets ($65) at other boutiques, often zoning in on small foreign coins that are no longer in circulation. Etc. MVJ also constructs necklaces ($70--$75) out of vintage watches and chains—a select few will still run if you wind them. (All items are marked down from regular retail prices.)
TONY deal: Mention TONY for 10 percent off all purchases through July 24.

Postflea: Toast your purchases at the Lovin’ Cup Cafe (93 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-1180, thelovincupcafe.com), a performance space, gallery, restaurant and bar that serves a weekend Drunk Brunch for $15 (Sat 11am--5pm, Sun 11am--midnight): entrees include pancakes, French toast and breakfast burritos, but the main event is the choice of bottomless Bloody Marys or draft beers.

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Artists and Fleas, 129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-488-0044, artistsandfleas.com). Open year-round. Sat, Sun noon--8pm.

—Sharon Steel

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