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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.

We will be closed Sunday, July 3.

Vendors for Sunday, July 10 include: 

 

CINE'S

Griot, Plantain Bowls, Pea & Carrot Soup

CHASQUIS

Alfajor

CHEESE CORN AREPAS

Colombian Arepas & Plantain Cones

ELSIE'S JERK SHACK

Jerk Chicken, Curry Chicken, Veggie & Chicken Roti and Catfish Poppers

BROOKLYN COQUITO

Frozen fruit ices with a Caribbean Island twist

FLAVOR PLAYER

Falafel with a Twist

FOOD THERAPY

Jarred Desserts, BBQ wings, Corn Bread & Chilli

HNGRY ARTST

American/Jamaican Burgers and Sandwiches

JOYCE FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Soul Food/Comfort Food

LECHON LA PIRANA

Roasted Pork served with a Machete! with Rice & Beans

THE MALAYSIAN PROJECT

Kaya Toast, Sago Pudding and Nasi Lemak

POP WITH US

Movie Style Popcorn with a Variety of Flavors

SLOW AND SAUCY

Slow simmered meat sandwiches or served over rice 

THE SPLENDID TONGUE

Granola, Biscotti & Candy Apples

ICE AGE ICE CREAM

Thai-Style Ice Cream Rolls

WANG'S CRAZY POTATO

Deep Fried Spiral Potato

 

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.