Despite Rain and Faulty G Trains, The Polar Vortex Holiday Market Saw a Blizzard of Visitors

Full house at the Polar Vortex Holiday Market!

Despite rain and an unreliable G train, neighbors and tourists poured into the Greenpoint Loft this past Sunday for our biggest event of the year — the Polar Vortex Holiday Market. The halls were decked with an ice castle created by Mano-a-Mano while scents of mulling spices wafted in the air.

The Manhattan skyline the Loft usually bestows was clouded by the dismal fog, but the inside stayed bopping thanks to Love Always band jamming with an upbeat live performance and Pink Slater singing dreamy mellow tunes.

Children enjoyed Success Academy’s ornament making station while upstairs, on the mezzanine, we had a high-tech alcove with Capture me in 3D,  an interactive hologram experience with The Looking Glass Factory, and a wintry snowscape complete with tree cut-outs.

Outsnapped — who can be booked for parties so your memories last a lifetime — set up a photo booth incorporating a digital design in the frame and fun Snapchat-like features and animated GIF creation. Check out their Holiday Special Photo Booth Packages and use special discount code Greenpointers20181231 to take advantage of holiday package pricing for any event in 2019 that is booked before December 31, 2018.

Children, parents, and (of course) dogs all got together to celebrate our amazing local vendors and the holiday spirit. But if you need more wintry cheer, the ice castle is now for sale! Contact designers at Mano-a-Mano and the castle can be yours to repurpose and enjoy.

Ice Castle by Art of Mano

Thank you as always to all who came out and supposed our seasonal market, and we’ll see you at the next one! Mark your calendars: our Valentine’s market will be February 10, and potential vendors can apply here! See you in the new year back at the Loft.

All photos by Julia Moak.

About Billy McEntee

Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Magazine, Indiewire, HowlRound, Eclectica Magazine, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.

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