Fordham Plaza & Myrtle-Wyckoff Plaza will Host Popular Vendors on Fridays
As part of a pilot program for concessions in NYC Department of Transportation Public Plazas, the Queens Night Market and the Neighborhood Plaza Program, a program of The Horticultural Society of New York, are collaborating to host food and art/merchandise vendors on Fridays in Fordham Plaza in the Bronx and Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
Starting on August 25th, local vendors, many of which are popular participants at the Queens Night Market, will set up all day in these busy commercial and commuter hubs.
The goal of “Foodie Fridays at Fordham” and “Myrtle/Wyckoff Mini Market” is to create activity in new or underutilized plazas while gathering important data on plaza usage, and also to provide a low-cost, low-risk vending opportunity for local entrepreneurs, artists, and makers.
“This is a great opportunity to get more involved in community spaces and provide more exposure and points-of-sale for small local businesses,” said John Wang, founder of the Queens Night Market and vendor coordinator for the pilot program.
At Fordham Plaza, jibaritos from the Jibarito Shack, palatas from Burmese Bites, freshly fried potato skewers from Twisted Potato, Asian buns from C Bao, and jerk chicken from Sunrise Catering will aspire to feed the hungry commuters and students returning from summer break.
Offerings at Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza will include Portuguese pasteis de nata from Joey Bats Sweets, Puerto Rican pastelillos from Lily’s Sweet and Salty, Italian beef sandwiches from 2nd City Beef, and curated gifts from August Tree.
Vendors interested in participating can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Fordham Plaza (E. Fordham Road and E. 189th Street) is a major transit and commercial hub in the Bronx. It sits at the crossroads of 12 local and regional bus lines, the fourth busiest Metro North train station, Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus with almost 7,000 students, Roosevelt Educational Campus with 6,800 elementary and high school students, and Fordham Road, which is traveled by 80,000 pedestrians daily.
Myrtle/Wyckoff sits directly outside the busy Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs Station on the L- and M-lines on the edge of Brooklyn and Queens, is served by at least 6 bus lines, and is flanked by busy retail corridors. This new plaza has up to 700 pedestrians per hour in natural foot traffic.
The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. It averages over 8,000 visitors each Saturday, bringing people from all over NYC to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The Horticultural Society’s Neighborhood Plaza Program provides sanitation, horticulture and technical assistance services to 14 “high-need” pedestrian plazas. Under contract to NYCDOT, NPP works closely with Plaza Partners and ACE New York to nurture a robust network of neighborhood plazas across the city.