NYC’s Best Flea Markets


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!


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!






I Love Lucy


Thought I’d introduce locals canadian viagra for sale to a cool blog. If you love the Union Square Greenmarket as much much as I do (which is bunches), then Lucy’s Greenmarket Report is a must-read. I don’t know who Lucy is, but she’s clearly an earlier bird than I am and reports on the market’s goods every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The USG opens up at 8:00 am. Lucy must arrive early to see farmers setting up because her posts are usually published between 6:30 and 7:00 am. Each morning she lists which purveyors are on hand that day, what kinds of goodies they’ve brought and–more importantly, what looks delicious. True, you can pop onto the Union Square Greenmarket site for a list of vendors and what they generally provide, but Lucy has specifics and pictures. Her report helps readers to decide whether it’s worth it for them to go to the market that day, and what kind of meals to plan for dinner that night.

Her advice is sound. A review after the storm brought: “I would say it’s worth the trip, but wear serious boots for the street corners. They’re piled high and slushy.”

Her enthusiasm is contagious: “It’s a root vegetable festival!”

And her goal is clearly to promote small business, as the heading to the blog reads: “Even the Largest Farm Stands Are Small Businesses. Let’s Support Our Local Farmers!”

Check Lucy out!

Five Things You Didn't Know About Pumpkins


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1. Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

2. The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 lb 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, in October 2010.

3. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.

4.  The Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America.  The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips.  When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they encountered a great supply of pumpkins, which were obviously much easier to carve than turnips.  (Ya’ think?)

5.  Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

Now you can say that you know at least five things about pumpkins.  You’re welcome.

Click here to find New York’s own Bobby Flay’s yummy recipe for pumpkin pie!