Spring has arrived, so you know what that means: It's time to take advantage of New York's famous open-air markets.
One of the best to experience??Dekalb Market's repurposed shipping containers, which will showcase an array of new treats -- from a new beer and wine garden featuring local craft beer, wine and sangria to curated programming that organizers hope will make it a one-stop shop for all New Yorkers.
"It's a Saturday afternoon and you don't know where to go -- you know you can head to the Dekalb Market for live music and a beer," says Joann Kim-Nunez, a producer of the market, which opens this Saturday. "We want this to be on people's agendas."
On any given day (the Dekalb Market will be open seven days a week) guests will find all forms of entertainment, such as music, art, movies and shopping.
"It's really not just a market," Kim-Nunez says. "It's a multi-experience venue."
Buy your veggies
The Dekalb Market will feature a weekly produce pick-up organized by Plovgh. There will be a weekly theme correlating with the crops available that week as well as monthly programming centered around farming.
If you go
138 Willoughby St., Brooklyn
Other outside markets opening
Brooklyn Flea, April 7
176 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Not just food (though sporting several yummy additions this year), Brooklyn Flea is a real-life Etsy featuring local and regional vendors of antiques, vintage clothes, handmade items, jewelry and more.
Smorgasburg, April 7
East River at N. Sixth St., Brooklyn
This foodie carnival features packaged and prepared foods created by vendors in the city and across the region. Shops with housewares and kitchen goodies are also on hand.
Red Hook Ballfields, April 14 or 21 (tentative)
Bay St. nr. Clinton St., Brooklyn
Forget IKEA: Head down to Red Hook to sample famed Vendy Cup award winners Solber Pupusas' Salvadoran specialty of handmade corn masa patties filled with various meats, cheeses and veggies.
Hester Street Fair, April 28
Essex St. at Hester St.
The Hester Street Fair is home to a weekly rotation of 60 unique vendors with an emphasis on local, handmade or collected wares.
New Amsterdam Market, April 29
South St. near Peck Slip
Head down to the Financial District on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this burgeoning market, held at the old Fulton Fish Market, to find butchers, grocers, mongers and other local-minded vendors.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, open now
Pier 6, Furman St. at Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn
This extremely popular open-air market features vendors like Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar and Bark Hot Dogs.
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