Spring markets are popping up all over the city now that the weather finally feels more like spring. Even the rain predicted for the rest of the week confirms that April showers were late this year but those May flowers will be here before we know it. Market places a great way to spend a weekend morning or a great idea for lunch where you’ll truly find something for everyone’s tastes. Shoppers can find an array of anything and everything at their local street market from vintage clothing to farm fresh produce and endless stalls of delicious foods. Here are four NYC Spring Markets, where foods are at the forefront of market goodies that have just opened for the season or open this upcoming weekend.
Located in Seward Park, on the corner Hester Street and Essex Street, the Hester Street Fair is held were New York City’s oldest and largest pushcart market place once was. To celebrate the culture and rich history of their LES neighborhood, the Hester Street Fair is dedicated to selling quality goods and delicious foods. The Hester Street Fair opened this past Saturday on April 28th and will be open on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until October 27th. Some of this year’s fabulous food vendors include: Macaron Parlor, Luke’s Lobsters, Sour Puss Pickles, Granola Lab, and many more.
Held in the former spaces of the old Fulton Fish Market’s Tin Building and New Market Building (Fulton Street), the New Amsterdam Market offers patrons a new shopping experience in a destination that will attract both New Yorkers and visitors alike. To kick off the 2012 New Amsterdam Market, 15 local bakers gathered together on Sunday April 29th to create their own bread using grain flour grown in the Metropolitan region. Public markets have been held in this part of the city since 1642 and market organizers wish to revive the street markets that were at one time so prevalent throughout the city. Using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients vendors such as Anarchy in a Jar, Brooklyn Cured, aguas frescas by La Newyorkina, and others have stands selling goods.
The spring version of the Madison Square Eats starts this Friday, May 4th and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The market will be set up in the center of Madison Square Park in Worth Square between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and 24th and 25th Streets. Bringing the city the best bites this spring market is not to be missed. During their fall run, Madison Square Eats showcased Roberta’s Pizza, Calexico, Nunu Chocolates, and much more.
Open every Saturday between North 6th and North 7th Street on the East River waterfront in Williamsburg, Smorgasburg showcases foods, both prepared and packaged, fresh produce, and kitchen house wares made in New York City and the surrounding region. Smorgasburg returned for the 2012 season on Saturday April 7th and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Smorgasburg is great spring market with vendors such as Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Kumquat Cupcakery, Milk Truck Grilled Cheese and approximately 100 other vendors will be featured at this years Smorgasburg.