Our local shopping Holiday Market is all about finding quality made goods right here in New York as an alternative to mass consumerism shopping, which is often unethical in its treatment of workers overseas and terrible for the environment. Often times a great option is shopping vintage not only because the unique styles and high quality is hard to find, but let’s face it – it can be a great deal and better for curvier body types!
On the corner of Norman Ave. and North Henry Street in Greenpoint stands an undisclosed brick warehouse that houses Dusty Rose Vintage. Inside the building are piles and piles of vintage clothes from any and every decade. Large black bins line the walls stacked on shelves that nearly reach the ceiling. Every bin is labeled and no two are the same.
The impressive collection includes everything from silk scarves and trucker hats to kids vintage, Halloween costumes, maxi dresses, and Mexican parkas. The center of the giant room contains the same black bins overflowing with dresses and blouses and shoes. One tub contains only denim shorts. The one next to it is filled with men’s sweaters. The warehouse’s owner, Maresa Ponitch said she recently realized that this is essentially her closet.
Glancing around the room as if she was seeing it all for the first time she said, “I own all this. I can do whatever I want with it.” Continue reading
Add the LIC Flea & Food to your Labor Day Weekend staycation plans and get a taste of what Metro New York has dubbed the #1 Market in NYC and what HGTV considered a market worth featuring in a recent episode of “Flea Market Flip.”
Located at 5-25 46th Avenue, right off 46th Avenue and 5th Street, on the waterfront and full of a carefully curated selection of food, antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, collectibles and much more from “some of the most unique vendors on the planet,” the market is fun on any weekend, but will be especially exciting this August 31 and September 1, when there will be ping pong, a live DJ, and games for both the kids and adults in the family.
Right next door is also the newly opened Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, which is 17.5 acres of gorgeous views and lawn, a playground, pavilion and waterfront promenade—perfect for picnicking. The East River Ferry lands right into this new park and is one stop from Greenpoint.
On Sundays, there are free bike valets courtesy of Recycle-A-Bike, so grab your bike and ride across the Pulaski Bridge or hop on the East River Ferry to LIC/Hunts Point terminal. LIC Flea is also easily accessible by the 7-E-M subway lines.
The LIC Flea is open Saturdays and Sundays through October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.