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Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food, and Flea Markets Paperback – May 11, 2010

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"This lovely little book offers an insider's guide to the best artisan, farmer, food and flea markets in the Big Apple...She profiles permanent and semipermanent markets, annual and semiannual markets, holiday markets and numerous artists who populate he scene. Quirky and fun."
–-The Chicago Tribune

About the Author

After receiving her MA at The Johns Hopkins University, Karen E. Seiger spent the first part of her career focusing on international aid and development. She moved to New York City in 2000 with her husband, where she changed careers to focus on international marketing and communications at American Express, and then as an independent business consultant. She volunteers as a tour guide of Ground Zero. When she’s home, her family never misses the farmers’ market at Abingdon Square in the West Village on Saturday mornings.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145857
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karen Seiger has been going to markets all her life, starting with the farmers markets in southwestern Ohio for crisp fresh corn and ripe red tomatoes. While traveling and living overseas with her family as a child, Ms. Seiger visited food and artisan markets in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, San Jose, and other wonderful cities in Latin America.

Upon completing her graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Ms. Seiger worked for many years in international aid and development in Latin America and Africa. She moved to New York City in 2000 to work for American Express, and later as a business consultant. She also volunteers as a tour guide of the World Trade Center site.

Ms. Seiger lives in the West Village with her husband James, a cat they saved from the streets of Mozambique, and her collection of rescued orchids. She visits markets all over the city every weekend and never misses the Saturday morning farmers market at Abingdon Square.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By quirky book lover on June 13, 2010
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I hesitated to buy this book because I thought:

1) This book is for tourists

2) It can't contain any information that can't be found on the internet

But something made me buy it and I'm truly impressed. The book is sturdy, nicely sized, succinctly written, with beautiful pictures.

For one, it's not just for tourists. The first week I had it I found three markets that I would have other missed within walking vicinity of where I was in the city.

Secondly, they've done the internet research for you, and have included a bunch of info that you wouldn't find anywhere but from the mouth of a New Yorker.

Highly reccomend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gxamor on September 22, 2010
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As a New Yorker, I was pleasantly surprised by this book's usefulness. And based on the knowledgeable entries, it is clear that author has done her research (i.e., she actually visited the places and talked to the vendors). Perhaps more importantly, you can tell that the author really enjoys going to these markets. In fact, I found her fun, generous spirit to be contagious to the point of making me want to visit the markets now. (Alas, I am writing this on a weekday.) The author's generosity extends to her subjects: she doesn't just touch on a few vendors, but seemingly covers all of them, and she gives you background information that will help shoppers make informed decisions about how much or whether to haggle.

I loved the introduction (and I usually skip these), especially her comments on bargaining, lessons learned and the "Dos and Don't of Exploring NYC." The City and every guide book should post these Dos and Don'ts! Then maybe New Yorkers wouldn't be so annoyed at tourists for blocking the whole sidewalk when we need to get somewhere.

There's something for everyone in this book: crafts, jewelry, finds and food. I was impressed that "Markets of NYC" not only covers Manhattan's core, but also above and beyond 96th Street, and three of the outer boroughs. For the local and the returning tourist, the entries in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx are doubly useful.

I googled the book and found a related website where the author updates information and blogs about various markets and events. Cool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liz on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hello. I found this book to be well designed and informational about the markets.
However, many of the locations and schedules for the markets are already out of date.
The book was published in 2010 so I thought I would be fine trusting the info.
3 strikes! Using information from the book I tried and failed to visit the Young Designers Market(not open on fridays as the book says), Artist & Fleas in Brooklyn (moved location) and The Market in McCarren park (not open on Saturdays as the book says). As you can imagine I am a little disappointed. A real shame because I am a big fan of markets and had planned much of my trip to new york on visiting them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CAP on January 10, 2011
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I gave this book to several people for Christmas this year and everyone loved it. It has very nice photos that really compliment the descriptions. Also, I love how the author divides up the markets (greenmarkets, flea markets, food markets, etc.). Two things: one, if you know New York City well, you will be aware of many of the markets in here but the added details really make every market seem attractive so taht didn't bother me; and two, the book is a bit smaller than I thought it would be, which is really a plus since it fits into a bag easily. Now that I've given one to everyone, I want one myself!
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