The Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo, photo by Noemie Trusty
The city is slowly but surely coming back to life, and one of the ways New Yorkers can get around safely this summer is through one of the many food or flea markets that are reopening. From old standbys like the Grand Bazaar on the Upper West Side and Brooklyn Flea to newcomers like Fordham Flea and Smorgasburg Jersey City, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for international cuisine, vintage clothing or handcrafted housewares. In advance, we’ve rounded up 13 markets for you to visit. More are expected to announce the opening dates soon.
Grand Bazaar NYC
100 West 77th Street on Columbus Avenue
Opening June 6th. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After being in the neighborhood since 1982 (they’re the oldest market in NYC), this popular game was shut down due to Covid, but it was good news for the Upper West Side when they announced on Instagram they were reopening. This flea market is full of antiques and vintage items (sometimes referred to as the Urban Yard Sale), but in recent years they have had more local manufacturers. There is also an area with grocery vendors, and there have been surprising food trucks for the past few years. One very cool aspect is that 100 percent of the profits go to four local public schools.
29 West 25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although the original, long-running (since 1976) Chelsea Flea closed in late 2019, it returned under the Brooklyn Flea umbrella last fall. The outdoor flea market has more than 50 antique and vintage dealers, some from the previous incarnation and some new. There’s also a partnership with Smorgasburg bringing the Duck Season burger spot and its entire outdoor bar.
26 Hester Street on Essex Street
Saturdays (and soon on Sundays) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another Brooklyn Flea acquisition is Hester Flea. The Lower East Side outdoor market originally opened a decade ago, but when the lease wasn’t renewed Brooklyn Flea broke a deal that resumed both old and new vendors. There are now 15 shopping sellers (antiques, vintage clothing, ceramics, jewelry, plants) and 3-4 grocery sellers from Smorgasburg.
Uptown night market
Second Thursday of the month, June-October, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Under the Riverside Drive Viaduct near Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on 125th Street (exact location TBD)
This new evening market opened on June 10th and is from the makers of the Bronx Night Market. Local food and beverage concepts, arts and crafts and packaged goods will be featured, and live performances will be held to celebrate the diverse and creative communities of West Harlem and NYC. In total, there will be more than 50 small, diverse, minority-owned businesses in the neighborhood and elsewhere in the city.
Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg
51 North 6th Street on Kent Avenue
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overlooking the Manhattan skyline on the East River, there are around 30 vendors in this market, including old favorites like Berete African Art, True Vintage Eyewear and Of Leisure, as well as a number of new faces like Saucy Vintage, Wavelength Antiques and Otis Murphy.
Brooklyn Flea, Dumbo
80 Pearl Street (on Manhattan Bridge Archway)
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not only is this a pretty iconic location, but it’s also perfect in the rain. There are between 40 and 50 providers, many of which are also located in Williamsburg.
Time-out market New York
Opening May 27th. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. + Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The company behind the popular magazine opened this food hall in 2018 in the Empire Stores on the Dumbo waterfront, offering indoor and outdoor spaces with views of the Manhattan skyline. After closing during the pandemic, they will reopen with a range of 12 local culinary concepts, including newcomers Sugar Hill Creamery, Fornino, Wayla and Tiki Chick, as well as the new Love Local Brews Bar, which showcases eight different Brooklyn breweries . Guests can also enjoy entertainment in the form of live music, art exhibits, enticing performances, and more.
FAD market in the industrial city
Courtyard 1/2 at Industry City at 254 36th Street
June 5 + 6 and June 12 + 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
With 25 local vendors, this outdoor pop-up has everything from jewelry and apparel to home furnishings. And make it a day – the market is right next to the Industry City Food Hall (some places include Brooklyn Kura, the city’s first sake brewery, Sahadi’s, BIG aLICe BREWING, Japan Village, and Ends Meat) and the recently opened Powerhouse Bookstore. The courtyard also has a large sandpit with construction vehicles for children and mini golf for all ages
Bronx night market
Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This unique concept is actually more of a grocery store as its mission is to support the Bronx’s culinary scene “by producing world class, affordable and fun events”. There are curated seasonal pop-up events in collaboration with NYBG, SummerStage, NY Road Runners and CUNY. The changing setup of the market with more than 50 suppliers represents the cuisine of over 20 countries at affordable prices. Expectations include Perfect Bites’ unique take on soul food, Crabman Mike’s famous downtown crab and seafood cooking, Wah Gwaan’s Caribbean-inspired tacos, and Island Love Cake’s famous rum cakes.
Last Sunday of the month, May to October, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fordham Flea is the Bronx’s flea market. Focusing on Bronx-based companies, many of which were born during the pandemic, they focus on merchandise, crafts, apparel, accessories, self-care products, and more. There will be more than 70 merchandise vendors, dozens of local artists and performers, and a curated selection of the Bronx Night Market’s most popular food vendors.
Queens night market
New York Science Hall in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Opening June 19th. Saturdays from 4pm to 12pm
The main attraction of the Queens Night Market is its rich international cuisine. To keep things accessible to everyone, there is a $ 5 to $ 6 price cap on groceries. The expected products include Taiwanese popcorn chicken, Sudanese sambuxas and aswad, Hungarian goulash and KÃ¶rÃ¶zÃ¶tt, Colombian arepas and much more. There will also be art / merchandise vendors selling items including vintage clothing, hand cast candles, crochet toys, NYC themed clothing, gourmet dog treats, and local art. In addition, the market will continue to have multiple live performances every Saturday night. Previous appearances included African dance troupes, Brazilian drum lines, jazz and salsa bands, yo-yo artists, magicians, tap dancing and much more. As of now, tickets for 90-minute slots cost $ 5, and at least 20 percent of all net ticket revenue goes to charities working with racial justice and COVID relief and recovery efforts. The market can move to general admission until the opening day.
FAD Market on Governors Island
King Avenue, Governors Island
Third weekend of every month, June – October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After a shortened season last year, Governors Island reopened May 1st for the full six-month season that will include dozen of art exhibits and cultural programs. A practical bonus is that there are additional ferry stops this year. And on the third weekend of each month, stop by the FAD Market, where a rotating array of over 30 of the city’s top emerging manufacturers, designers, artists, and small businesses sell handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bathroom and body care, tableware , Home textiles and more.
Smorgasburg Jersey City
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While Smorgasburg’s original Brooklyn locations remain closed, the team has just opened its first New Jersey outpost across the Hudson. The harborside complex has 30 vendors and waterfront seating for up to 500 people. In addition, a new pedestrian mall will open this summer, hosting art exhibits and community events such as yoga and live performances.
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