5 Outdoor Markets in the City You Need to Check Out
Grab your sunglasses, your oversize straw tote and your one friend who can bargain like it’s nobody’s business: NYC’s outdoor markets are back. Here’s where to browse, snack and people-watch all season long.
Queens International Night Market
The mega-popular market for nocturnal foodies returns May 6 (with a ticketed sneak peek tomorrow night). Along with performances and craft vendors, the big draw is a huge food roster that spans the globe. If you need us, we’ll be chowing down on Taiwanese wheel cakes and artisanal Twinkies.
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows, Queens; queensnightmarket.com. Saturdays 6 p.m. to midnight through August 19 and September 30 through October 28.
Hester Street Fair
This Lower East Side staple is (relatively) small but mighty. It consistently brings a well-curated lineup of vintage stalls (we once found an amazing ’70s sundress), local makers and tasty eats. Look for special themed fairs throughout the summer, like Dog Day May 6 (when Bandit can get his portrait taken) and Lobster & Beer May 27 (no explanation needed).
Corner of Hester and Essex sts.; hesterstreetfair.com. Saturdays (and select Sundays) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 28.
Grand Bazaar NYC
Uptowners don’t need to go south of 59th for their flea fix: This long-running West Side market packs everything from midcentury furniture to antique watches to artisanal peanut butter cups (!) into its 43,000 square feet. And if you spend a little more than you meant to, you can feel good about it: All net profits support nearby public schools. Mark your calendar now for the Summer Ice Cream Blizzard on July 16.
100 W. 77th St. (at Columbus Ave.); grandbazaarnyc.org. Sundays year-round.
LIC Flea & Food
Ugh, you wake up Saturday and there’s a 60 percent chance of showers. No need to let it derail your day: Head to this rain-or-shine market for Queens pride T-shirts, French-toast sandwiches, a beer (and wine) garden and eminently Instagrammable Manhattan views.
5-25 46th Ave. (at Vernon Blvd.), Queens; licflea.com
You know it’s finally spring when the Flea heads back outside. This year’s return is a tiny bit bittersweet—we’ll miss the original Fort Greene location—but the new Williamsburg waterfront digs are an excellent spot to try on vintage jewelry and handmade clogs. (Bonus: It’s now conveniently located next to Smorgasburg.)
90 Kent Ave. (at N. Eighth St.), Brooklyn (Saturdays) and 80 Pearl St. (at Front St.), Brooklyn (Sundays); brooklynflea.com. Every weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.