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An underground holiday market is opening in the subway this Monday

Collier Sutter
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Collier Sutter

While you may normally associate a subway trip with stressful commutes and navigating crowded cars, you’re in for a change of pace this holiday season in NYC that might change your mindset about heading underground. (It also might make your life a little easier during the craze of gifting season.)

Starting Monday, November 19, the Turnstyle Underground Holiday Market is back for its third year connected to the 59th St-Columbus Circle station. For the uninitiated, 18 seasonal vendors are about to join the 39 permanent underground eateries, shops and kiosks inside the bustling corridor. 

The pop-up market should be perfect for those times you’re racing home from work, and on your way to a holiday party empty-handed, probably thinking something like, Damn it's cold out. I wish I didn't have to leave the subway to find a decent gift. Luckily, now you won't have to. (And you won't have to show up to a party empty-handed, looking like a real grinch.)

Among the participants this year are Harkiss Designs, Felix Z Designs, Me Oui, Tibet Handicrafts, Toffee Sticks, Inaya, All of the Things NYC, New York Makers and a few full-on holiday ornament kiosks—forever a great gift for mom or those new apartment owners. You can also count on existing kiosk vendors like Salted Baked Goods, Baked in Color, Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce, Sleet and Sole, Modern Opus, Sweetwater labs and Volang in the festive subterranean space.

You don't even need to swipe a MetroCard to get inside the market, which you can enter at seven street-level entrances around Columbus Circle. The market will be there to save your last-minute butt through December 31.

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