All the food and flea markets reopening this year

Posted On Tue, May 25, 2021 By

Posted On Tue, May 25, 2021 By In Events, Features

The Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo, photo by Noemie Trusty

The city is slowly but surely coming to life again, and one of the ways New Yorkers can safely get out and about this summer is at 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 a little something for everyone, whether you’re looking for international cuisine, vintage clothing, or handmade housewares. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 13 markets you can visit, with more expected to announce opening dates soon.

Manhattan

Grand Bazaar NYC
100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue
Opening June 6. Every Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

After serving the neighborhood since 1982 (they’re NYC’s oldest market), this beloved fixture closed due to Covid, but it was great news for the Upper West Side when they announced via Instagram that they’ll be reopening. This flea market is heavier on antiques and vintage items (it’s sometimes referred to as an “urban yard sale”), but they’ve gotten more local makers in recent years. There’s also a section with food vendors, and in past years, you’d find surprise food trucks. A very cool aspect is that 100 percent of profits benefit four local public schools.

Chelsea Flea 
29 West 25th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Though the original, long-running (since 1976) Chelsea Flea closed at the end of 2019, it returned under the Brooklyn Flea umbrella this past fall. The outdoor flea market has more than 50 antique and vintage dealers, some from its previous incarnation, some new. There’s also a partnership with Smorgasburg that brings burger spot Duck Season and its full outdoor bar.

Hester Flea 
26 Hester Street at Essex Street
Saturdays (and Sundays soon) 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Another Brooklyn Flea takeover is Hester Flea. The outdoor market on the Lower East Side originally opened a decade ago, but when its lease was not renewed, Brooklyn Flea was able to broker a deal in which they welcomed back old vendors as well as new ones. There are now 15 shopping vendors (antiques, vintage clothes, ceramics, jewelry, plants) and 3-4 food vendors 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 at 125th Street (exact location TBD)

Opening June 10, this new evening market is from the creators of the Bronx Night Market. It will feature local food and beverage concepts, arts and crafts, and packaged goods, and there will be live performances in celebration of West Harlem’s and NYC’s diverse and creative community. In total, there will be more than 50 small, diverse, minority-owned businesses from the neighborhood and elsewhere in the city.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg
51 North 6th Street at Kent Avenue
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Overlooking the Manhattan skyline on the East River, there are about 30 vendors at this market, including old favorites like Berete African Art, True Vintage Eyewear, and Of Leisure, plus a bunch of new faces like Saucy Vintage, Wavelength Antiques, and Otis Murphy.

Brooklyn Flea, Dumbo
80 Pearl Street (at the Manhattan Bridge Archway)
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Not only is this a pretty iconic location, but it’s perfect in the event of rain. There are between 40 and 50 vendors, many of which are also at the Williamsburg location.

Time Out Market New York
55 Water Street

Opening May 27. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. + Fridays and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The company behind the popular magazine opened this food hall in 2018 at the Empire Stores on the Dumbo waterfront, providing indoor and outdoor space overlooking the Manhattan skyline. After closing during the pandemic, they’re reopening with a lineup 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 spotlights eight different Brooklyn breweries. Guests can also enjoy entertainment in the form of live music, art exhibitions, tantalizing performances, and so much more.

FAD Market at Industry City
Courtyard 1/2 at Industry City, 254 36th Street
June 5+6 and June 12+13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
With 25 local vendors, this outdoor pop-up will have everything from jewelry and apparel to home furnishings. And make a day of it–the market is right next to the Industry City Food Hall (some spots 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. Plus, the courtyard has a large sandpit filled with construction vehicles for kids and miniature golf for all ages

The Bronx

Bronx Night Market
Fordham Plaza
Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
This unique concept is actually more of a food market, as their mission is to support the Bronx culinary scene “by producing world-class, affordable, and fun events.” There are curated seasonal pop-up events in partnership with NYBG, SummerStage, NY Road Runners, and CUNY, and the market’s rotating lineup of 50+ vendors represents over 20 countries’ cuisine at affordable price points. Some of what you can expect includes Perfect Bites’ unique take on soul food, Crabman Mike’s famous uptown crab and seafood boil, Wah Gwaan’s Caribbean-inspired tacos, and Island Love Cake’s famous aged rum cakes.

Fordham Flea 
Fordham Plaza
Last Sunday of the month, May–October, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
From the Bronx Night Market folks, Fordham Flea is the Bronx’s flea market. With a focus on Bronx-based businesses, many of which were born during the pandemic, they focus on merchandise, arts ands crafts, apparel, accessories, self-care products, and more. There will be more than 70 merchandise vendors, dozens of local performers and artists, and a curated selection of the Bronx Night Market’s favorite food vendors.

Queens

Queens Night Market 
New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Opening June 19. Saturdays, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The main draw of the Queens Night Market is its wealth of international cuisine. To keep things accessible to all, there is a $5-$6 price cap on food. Some of what you can expect includes Taiwanese popcorn chicken, Sudanese sambuxas and aswad, Hungarian goulash and körözött, Colombian arepas, and so much more. There will also be art/merchandise vendors selling items that include vintage apparel, hand-poured candles, crochet toys, NYC-themed apparel, gourmet dog treats, and local art. In addition, the market will continue to showcase several live performances every Saturday night; past performances have included African dance troupes, Brazilian drum lines, jazz and salsa bands, yoyo artists, magicians, tap dancing, and tons more. As of now, tickets for 90-minute time slots are $5, and at least 20 percent of any net ticket proceeds will go to charities addressing racial equity and COVID relief and recovery efforts. By the opening day, the market may move to general admission.

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FAD Market at Governors Island
King Avenue, Governors Island
Third weekend of each month, June–October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After a shortened season last year, Governors Island reopened on May 1 for its entire six-month season, which will include dozens of art exhibitions and cultural programs. A convenient bonus is that there are additional ferry stops this year. And on the third weekend of each month, you can stop by FAD Market, where a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city’s best emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses will be selling handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, and more.

Smorgasburg Jersey City
Harborside
Every Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

While the original Brooklyn locations of Smorgasburg remain closed, the team just opened their first NJ outpost across the Hudson. Located at the Harborside complex, there are 30 vendors and waterfront seating for up to 500 people. In addition, a new pedestrian-only plaza is opening this summer, which will offer art exhibitions and community events, like yoga and live performances.

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