Bronx Night Market will return to Fordham Plaza this April

February 6, 2024

Photo courtesy of the Bronx Night Market

The Bronx Night Market is returning to Fordham Plaza this spring after announcing its permanent closure last October. MASC Hospitality Group (MHG) on Monday announced the beloved market will reopen on April 6 with a new holistic approach designed to address previous issues and make Fordham Plaza a center for “community, culture, and commerce.” The revamped market will feature a variety of new programming, including cooking demonstrations and nutrition education, an artisanal cafe, a curated bookstore, live performances, and more.

At the center of the market’s enhanced programming is Cafe Locale, a hub for artisanal coffee connoisseurs and foodies alike, offering a variety of pastries and bites reflective of the rich diversity of the Bronx. Bronx Eats will promote healthy, plant-based diets through cooking demonstrations and nutritional education to uplift the community.

To nurture a love for reading, the Bronx Is Reading will offer a curated bookstore and many literary activities designed for visitors of all ages and abilities. Bronx Native will offer captivating merchandise and host its Tiny Desk series, shining a light on the talented artists and creators who call the Bronx their home.

The market will also feature the Fordham Farmers Market, a new general store stocked with fresh products sourced from the Bronx and New York State, and the Bronx Vegan Bazaar, an exciting event promoting sustainability and health-conscious living.

The new-and-improved Bronx Night Market is supported by Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Council Member Oswald Feliz, the NYC Department of Transportation, Fordham Road BID, and Bronx Community Board 6.

“The return of the Bronx Night Market is a testament to the power of community voice and our dedication to serving the Bronx,” Marco Shalma, founder of MHG, said.

“We’re not just bringing back a market; we’re leading a movement to reclaim Fordham Plaza for the community, with a vision of making it a thriving hub of culture, commerce, and connection. This can only be achieved through a joint interest approach, with every stakeholder playing a crucial role.”

Established in 2017, the Bronx Night Market closed last October after a successful seven-year run. The market was forced to close due to what operators said was a struggle to secure sponsors and the atmosphere at the plaza which raised safety concerns for the vendors and affected the experience of visitors.


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