Looking for something to do this weekend in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens? Something that celebrates the past and showcases local craftsmanship? Here are one or two recommendations that you’ll love.
This city-wide list highlights some of NYC’s favorite flea markets and fairs, open this weekend So, be sure to have your favorite tote bag on-hand - ready to cram full of vintage threads, classic vinyl and handmade jewelry - whilst you fill up on delicious food and drink served up by passionate independent vendors.
You can double check locations, dates and opening times with each of the markets and fairs below.
Where: 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Steps away from the East River, behind 4545 Center Blvd, is LIC Flea & Food - Queens’ largest outdoor flea and food market. Home to unique vintage wares and a worldly selection of sweet and savory goodies - Sweet French Toast Bites from the STUF’d truck, delicious Thai noodles courtesy of Khao Man Gai NY and Empanadas by the Empanada Papa . Just remember to look up from those antique bargains and your local craft beer (served up at the All-Queens Beer Garden) for breathtaking, waterfront views of Manhattan.
Where: 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
When: 10 am - 6pm Saturdays
Following nine years in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea is returning to its original Williamsburg digs - and it’s organizers are rightfully boastful. Every Saturday, from April through October, 80 vendors will descend upon the East River location, bringing with them retro clothing, vintage furniture and handmade jewelry.
Aptly, running alongside one of NYC’s largest flea markets is the largest open air-air food market in America – Smorgasburg. Dubbed “The Woodstock of Eating” by the New York Times, 100 or so local vendors are tasked with satisfying a 20,000 – 30,000 strong crowd and they do so in style. Serving up familiar, foreign and everything in between, lucky guests have their pick of homemade ube ice cream, Spaghetti donuts and jerk chicken dumplings and more.
Where: West 39th Street at 9th Avenue
When: 9 am – 5 pm Every Saturday & Sunday, year-round (weather permitting)
What better way to quell buyer’s remorse (having splurged on that genuine leather chair and ottoman, that you have juuust enough room for) than knowing that Hell's Kitchen Flea Market gives 25% of annual profits to Hell's Kitchen Foundation, Inc., their non-profit sponsor. Safe in the knowledge that you’re hard earned dollars are supporting local artists, you can happily peruse and haggle over finely curated antiques, collectibles, home decorations, and furniture just steps away from the Hudson Yards Neighborhood.
Where: 88 10th Ave at West 15th Street
When: Mon - Sat 10 am - 9 pm Sun 10 am - 8 pm
Handily located directly beneath the High Line - the trendy elevated rail line turned urban park turned cultural hub - is where you’ll find Artists and Flea’s Chelsea branch. Since landing permanently at their Chelsea Market location in early 2014, the former pop-up market has provided a dynamic marketplace setting for the best independent art, design, fashion and vintage out of Brooklyn, seven days a week. 30 plus seller bring their merch for a daily dose of show-and-sell in an environment that is “uniquely created and curated to offer an alternative to the traditional retail experience”.
Where: 100 West 77th St., NY, NY 10024 (At Columbus Avenue)
When: Every Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Grand by name and grand by nature - Grand Bazaar NYC is the largest curated weekly market in NYC. Every Sunday, on the upper west side, local artists, designers, and antique dealers come together to offer up one-of-a-kind and limited edition art, watches, collectibles and vintage fashion. Delicious artisanal edibles and the knowledge that you’re supporting 4,000+ school children (they donate 100% of their profits to four local public schools) should keep you physically and spiritually nourished, whilst keeping NYC creative and authentic by supporting local micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs.