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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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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.
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.
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.