East Harlem's famous and formerly declining La Marqueta market at Park and 116th just got another feature story but this time on the local news channel NY1: LINK. It seems like the word is definitely out since another vendor has joined on since last month which ticks up the total count to 11 right now. Hot Bread Kitchen also confirmed with us that they too will be opening a retail stand in the near future so the market under the Park Avenue underpass is finally growing again. As reported previously, the legendary El Barrio market used to have hundreds of vendors several decades ago and now the few longtime holdouts such as Jose's Meat Market are enjoy a bit of synergy with the added neighbors.
New vendors such as SpaHa Cafe, Urban Garden Center, Buried Treasure farms, Breezy Hills Orchard and Viva Produce are enthusiastic about serving their new community and the NY1 video shows that many are happy with the changes. It's not quite bustling yet but as word gets out, La Marqueta will probably be a Harlem must-see destination in the coming years. Calendars should also be marked for Wednesday, February 2nd from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM since the official open house for the new La Marqueta is scheduled for next week on that date.