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VISIT

VENDY PLAZA IS BACK FOR THE 2016 SEASON!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT LA MARQUETA

EVERY SUNDAY BEGINNING MAY 1 (EXCEPT JULY 3) RAIN OR SHINE 

12-6PM

 

Vendy Plaza is an outdoor market series that brings together Vendy Award finalists and emerging local food vendors to East Harlem’s La Marqueta. 

Join us on Sundays for live music, celebrating the culture of El Barrio, live kitchen demos, and a beer garden featuring a wide range of beers!

Vendy Plaza is free and open to the public. RSVP on on Facebook for updates each week, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VendyAwards #VendyPlaza

Vendy Plaza is located underneath the elevated Metro North tracks so we are open rain or shine!

DIRECTIONS:

Vendy Plaza is located along Park Avenue between 115th & 116th Street, under the Metro North Tracks.

By Subway: 6 Local train to 116th Street (one block over) OR 2/3 trains to 116th Street 

By Bus: The M102, M116, and M15 have bus stop locations walkable to Vendy Plaza

 

Presented in partnership with La Marqueta Retoña and the Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

 

EMAIL: VENDYPLAZA@GMAIL.COM

TELEPHONE: (347) 644-8363

 

 

 


vendors

Vendy Plaza features a large rotation of food vendors, most of whom are brand new businesses.

The lineup for Sunday, May 22 includes:

 

Annie Mae's Cheesecakes & MOORE

Dulce de leche cheesecake cups

Blonde bakes

Tarts & mini cupcakes

CHEESE CORN AREPAS

Fresh-made arepas and plantain cones

Cine's

Savory Haitian bites

Ellude's Belizean Style

Belizean eats

Elsie's Jerk Shack

Jerk & curry chicken & fresh roti


Food therapy

 

BBQ wings, cornbread, banana pudding

Hngry Artst

 Caribbean-inspired burgers

La Fritanga de Lannie

Puerto Rican treats

LE JUICE

Fresh juice & smoothies

Maruka

Piononos (plantain-wrapped sandwich)


Pop with us

Flavored popcorn

Slow & Saucy

Slow-simmered brisket sandwiches

SPLENDID TONGUE

Biscotti, crackers & granola

Taqueria de Luna

Tamales & nachos with fresh guacalmole & pico de gallo

Wang’s Crazy Potato

Spiral-fried potato chips on a stick

 

Interested in vending at Vendy Plaza? Looking for an outlet to distribute your food product? Have a great recipe you've always wanted we want to try on the public?  We have space available and want to hear from you.

With support from Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, all spots are offered free of charge.  Our application can be found online here. For any additional questions about vending at Vendy Plaza, please write to vendyplaza@gmail.com. 


BAR

Vendy Plaza will feature an outdoor beer garden for you to enjoy delicious craft brews with all the great food!

We are pleased to partner with the Brooklyn Brewery.

Guests must be at least 21 years old to enjoy alcoholic beverages. All beverages must stay within the confines of the Plaza.


MUSIC AND ART

All music and art at Vendy Plaza is coordinated by La Marqueta Retoña, an initiative to revive the social and cultural elements of this historical site through the arts, music and community activities.

Each week we will have a live band playing from 3-6pm - come and join the fun!



history

La Marqueta circa 1945

La Marqueta circa 1945

The neighborhood of Spanish Harlem, also known as East Harlem or "El Barrio", covers the area between Fifth Avenue and the East River from 96th to 142nd St.

One of the most historically and culturally important and relevant sites in El Barrio is the traditional market place known as "La Marqueta."  In its heyday in the 1950’s and 1960’s, more than 500 vendors operated out of La Marqueta, which served as an important social and economic venue for all Hispanics living in New York City.  The New York Times once called it "the most visible symbol of the neighborhood."

Commercial and social activity at La Marqueta has significantly dwindled over the years, mainly due to the widespread availability of the traditional and specialty products that were once only to be found from vendors located at La Marqueta.  

The revitalization of La Marqueta is developing in tune with the cultural and economic shifts occurring in El Barrio and its surrounding neighborhoods. Vendy Plaza is honored to be part of this revitalization.


Press

  • "LIKE A MECCA" - METRO

  • The Best $25-and-Under Feasts - NY MAG

  • OPENINGS - NY TIMES

  • "a sign of rebirth in East Harlem" - AMNY

  • "open-space locations draw hungry visitors to the unsung parts of the city" - AMNY

  • "Vendy Plaza enters second summer at La Marqueta in East Harlem " - METRO

  • "MANHATTAN'S NEW GO-TO SUMMER WEEKEND MARKET" - GOTHAMIST

  • "HARLEM WILL SEE A TASTY REVIVAL OF LA MARQUETA THIS SPRING" - AMNY

  • "ECLECTIC mix of vendors THAT INCLUDES EAST HARLEM FAVORITES" - thrillist

  • "For all you harlem foodies" - amsterdam news

  • "Uptown is the new downtown" - Time Out

  • "Top 10 Manhattan Markets to Eat at While It’s Fall" - Edible Manhattan

  • "This is what New York City is about." - City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

  • "Filled with music, food, and a sense of hope and change" - Epoch Times

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