NYC’s Best Flea Markets

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Well, who knows if they’re the best, but this blogger likes them! Take a look at where you can treasure hunt in the city:

Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn showcases both vintage and contemporary wear designed by local artists and designers. Aside from clothing, you’ll find jewelry, accessories and even furniture. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm.

Green Flea, on the Upper West Side, is a favorite for antiques enthusiasts. Vintage clothing, jewelry and furniture are the stars of the market. There are dozens of vendors outdoors, but don’t overlook the many that have a space inside the building. As a bonus, there’s a terrific farmer’s market located right across Columbus Ave. Open Sundays, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

More antiques can be found at the West 25th Street Market. Yeah, it’s a bit disorganized and you’ve definitely got to be in the mood for digging in order to find that deco ashtray that until today you didn’t know you couldn’t live without–but that can be half the fun. Lots of vintage clothing, housewares, jewelry and furniture. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

The Market NYC, located right next to The Bitter End on Bleecker St., is dedicated to young designers. One-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and decorative items are the focus. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 8 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg (get it?) is probably the city’s biggest market with over 120 goods and 60 food vendors. As you stroll through, you’ll find vintage clothing and records, handmade crafts, beauty products and jewelry, plus antique and handmade furniture. Chow down on tacos, ice pops, chocolates or porchetta sandwiches. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Happy First Day Of Spring!

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It’s finally here, and this is–hands down–the best season to visit New York City. The locals are slowly emerging from their apartment caves. You’re not stuffing yourself and that bulky down coat into 10 inches of subway seat. Those boxy wind fortresses are slowly coming down from store fronts; gloves and scarves are being thrown into storage.

It’s going to be 54 degrees today in the city, people. I feel like Mother Nature is wagging a finger at us, saying, “See? I told you it was going to come!”

So shed a few layers and make a beeline out of your apartment or hotel. Here are a few tips on experiencing the best of what the city has to offer at this time of year:

Ride a bike up the Hudson River to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. The lighthouse was made famous by the 1942 children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, by Hildegarde Swift. Stop at the 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe for a beer and a burger along the way.

Head to a farmer’s market, a flea market or a street fair. Who cares if you buy anything? That’s not the point.

Check out the spring blooms on the High Line. Cherry blossoms, geraniums, tulips, and crocuses, oh my! Grab a Mexican chocolate ice pop from La Newyorkina or a brisket sandwich from Delaney Barbecue’s Smokeline to nosh on during your stroll.

Savor these extra hours of sunlight by sipping a cocktail outdoors at sunset.

Have a picnic!  Really, any park will do. Just grab a sandwich and people-watch, like all New Yorkers do. In fact, North Square can provide handy to-go picnic lunches to nibble across the street in Washington Square Park.

And finally, come visit us! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

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So, technically model train shows are geared towards children, but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them, do you? Remember Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos? (Okay, I know it didn’t end well, but still…)

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This yearly event is truly fun for everyone. There are more than a dozen large-scale model railway trains–from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys.

The scenery that the trains pass through include waterfalls, rustic bridges and tunnels, plus local landmarks like the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Oh–and Thomas the Tank Engine will be there. Score!! Who doesn’t love Thomas?

The show runs daily through January 12th (except for Christmas day) and it’s just a short train ride from Grand Central to get there. It’s probably smart to purchase your tickets ahead of time, due to its popularity.

So check this out. The attention to detail is mind-blowing. I mean, how amazing is this:

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It's That Time Of Year…For Craft Fairs!

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Personally I hate that the holiday season–at least its commercial side–appears to start earlier and earlier every year. We’ve barely wiped off our Halloween makeup when the television ads and newspaper circulars start flying at us full force.

That being said, the holidays are indeed upon us and they do necessitate buying gifts so it’s time to get organized, people. Certainly our Jewish chums need to get on the ball, because Hannukkah starts in just a little more than a week! Yes, it’s Thanksgivukkah–brought to you by a calendar clash that happens once in a gazillion years.

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So way before there are stockings to stuff, there will be eight nights of gifts to be given. And here in New York, there are a bunch of seasonal craft fairs throughout the city where you can find unusual and cool gifts.

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is open every day–and blessedly indoors, which is such a plus on a chilly day. Seventy six vendors will be hawking ornaments, clothing, jewelry and home decor items.

The Union Square Holiday Market viagra no prescription isn’t open until the 21st, but it will be open seven days a week through December 24th. Not only can you get wonderful crafts, but you can stock up on produce and meats at the Farmer’s Market.

The Bryant Park Holiday Shops features more than 120 artisans and merchants from around the world through January 5th.

And finally, when it opens on December 3rd, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market will feature over a hundred vendors and a wide selection of unique and handmade gifts.

Happy shopping!

Sunday Is Pickle Day!

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I always thought there should be a Pickle Day–and now my wish has come true! And fittingly, it’s being getting cipro without a prescription celebrated on the Lower East Side here in Manhattan.

A bit of history: Pickle barrels and pushcarts were pervasive on the LES a hundred years ago. Selling those lumps of brined yumminess was a relatively cheap and easy way to make a living for newly-arrived Eastern European immigrants. And there was most definitely a demand, as in the days before reliable at-home refrigeration, the process made vegetables last much, much longer. And so the Pickle District was born.

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So what better place to celebrate those lovely transformed cucumbers than The Lower East Side?

The fun takes place this Sunday, the 27th on Orchard St. between 12 noon and 5 pm. Over a dozen picklers will be present, plus a terrific representation of noted LES restaurants, like The Meatball Shop, Mission Chinese and Russ & Daughters. Local retail stores will also be hawking their wares.

Add to that a Home Pickling Contest with two categories: Pickled Pickles and Pickled Other. To enter, bring five jars of your goodies (one for each judge). Your work will be judged for appearance, flavor and texture; the competition promises to be stiff, so bring the best you’ve got.

Of course there will be live music. Plus a Halloween Costume contest for both kids and adults! (To enter, check in at the LES BID table (Orcahrd Street between Delancey and Rivington between 1:00 and 2:30 and be judged by Fantasy Grandma.

Apparently there is a National PIckle Day, but it isn’t until November 14th, but who cares. We New Yorkers are always ahead of the curve!

 

Comic Con!

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Geek alert! The annual New York Comic Con is happening this week–from October 10th to the 13th in the Jacob Javits Center.

Stars both legendary (William Shatner, Sylvester Stallone) and new (True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer and Rutina Wesley) are all set to meet their biggest fans. online rx viagra You can snag an autograph from actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files or author R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series.

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Ticket holders can attend a panel on how to get press coverage (for small publishers) or a discussion on using graphic graphic novels and comics in the classroom. Or they can browse exhibits by publishers, toy makers and merchandise manufacturers. Or they can simply get their picture taken with Janeane Garofalo or Sigourney Weaver. Because that’s what you really, really want, right?

Tickets start at $30 and the event always proves to be a blast for the nerd that resides in all of us.

 

Taste Of The Village

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On next Thursday (September 26th), North Square will be present and accounted for at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village Festival.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Square Park; we want to maintain its renovated loveliness, right? Over 30 food and wine purveyors will be hawking their wares alongside us. 50 bucks gets you all the nibbles you can eat between 6 and 8 p.m.

Chef Yoel Cruz is outdoing himself this year with this offering: tuna tartare with a sesame cracker and heirloom gazpacho soup with basil oil. Yuh-mee.

Other vendors include Sushi purchase viagra canada Samba, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Burger Joint, Citarella and Curry Kitchen.

Tickets can purchased in person (cash or check only) at the Village Alliance office, 8 East 8th Street (btw 5th Ave./University Pl.) Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Or make your life easier and buy them online here.

See you there!

San Gennaro Dos and Don'ts

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The annual Feast of San Gennaro is on through Sunday.  Each September for 87 years, Mulberry Street teems with Italian-Americans and the people who love them (and their food). While the times have changed, the basic format has remained the same. Religious processions? Check. Musical entertainment? Yup. Food? Of course.

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But before you go, here are some quick festival Dos and Don’ts:

DO take in the festive decorations. It feels like Christmas in September.

DON’T stay for a long time if you’re in any way claustrophobic. (Or frankly, even if you’re not.) The feast gets insanely crowded.

DO try to get there at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the official Saint Day, for the religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of Little buying viagra Italy.

DON’T go if you’re on a diet. Assuming you’re not a masochist. if so, have at it.

DO make sure that you snack on zeppoles, those deep fried dough balls dusted with powdered sugar. Deep. Fried. Dough. Balls. Need I say more?

Yes, it’s crowded and probably more expensive than you’d like, but a quick pop in can be a lot of fun. Grab a cannoli, check out the crowd and have a ball!

 

 

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

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There’s something for everybody in the city this upcoming holiday weekend, so read on…

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For music heads: Head out to Randall’s Island Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the fifth Electric Zoo music festival. In the biggest electronic dance music festival in the city, with both superstar DJs and underground up-and-comers entertaining you on five separate stages on the island. Day passes start at $139.

For those into good old-fashioned family fun: The Richmond County Fair in Staten Island runs on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Expect music, dance workshops, pie and hot dog eating contests, magic, pony rides and arts and crafts. Kids can check out farm animals while adults may be into the classic car exhibition. Adults are $16, Seniors $11 and kids shorter than 30″ are free.

For art fans: the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is right in our own backyard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fine artists and craft artisans from the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world are showcased. (FYI, if you don’t catch it this week, it’s running the next weekend as well.)

For one-wheel enthusiasts and the people who are fascinated by them (i.e. me): The NYC Unicycle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, cyclists can enjoy a 13 mile unicycle ride through Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday are perfect for spectators, where from 12 pm cialis pharmacy to 5 pm on Governor’s Island, folks can watch competitions, exhibitions, sports (unicycle basketball and hockey…who knew?) amid other craziness. If you’re daring (and have better-than-average balance) you can even try it yourself.

For absolutely everyone who loves great music, colorful costumes and a good time: The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday from 11 to 6 at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Chow down on Caribbean food and drink, shop for jewelry, arts and crafts and colorful apparel. And dance! Everyone must dance! It’s Carnival, right?

And of course, for tennis nuts, there’s always the US Open, which I told you about earlier.

Enjoy your three day weekend!

It's Your Last Chance!

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The summer is slowly coming to an end. In fact, a pal said that she had seen Halloween decorations on sale in a local store. (I know! How crazy is that?) Here are a few fun events that you can still check out this weekend. It’s supposed to be a nice couple of days, weather-wise, so go for it. It’s your last chance!

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Get your flapper on at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s island this Saturday and Sunday. Music performances, featuring Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, Charleston lessons and a pie recipe contest are just a few of the activities at this whimsical step back in time.

The menu includes gourmet grilled cheese, shrimp roll, a Hawaiian-style Luau and a Chinatown Chop Suey station.

20s attire is not mandatory, but very much encouraged! Tickets are $30 (fancier packages cost more) and you can get them here.

The Washington Square Park Tuesday concerts ended at the beginning of the month, but on Saturday night you can catch a terrific band at the RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series on the Upper West Side. The performance takes place by the Hudson right next to the tennis courts on 96th street. The music, the view and the glorious sunset add up to an incredible evening. Don’t forget a blanket, some wine and a picnic basket. Sabor Brasil, a Brazilian Samba band closes the series this Saturday. The music starts promptly at 7 p.m.

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare In the Park series ends this Sunday. Love’s Labour’s Lost will be performed both Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

And don’t forget viagra without prescription the final Summer Streets festival on Park Avenue this Saturday.

It’s one of the few last weekends of the summer….enjoy it!