June 12, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A temporary market place is heading to Bliss Plaza in Sunnyside for several weekends this summer.
“Bliss Markets,” the name of the pop-up event, will take place over three weekends spanning from June to August, each from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., under the 7 train viaduct at 46th Street. The first event is scheduled for June 23 and 24.
Nine vendors, made up of local businesses and entrepreneurs, will offer food, drink, and more during each market event. Cooldown Juice, for example, will sell juices for the month of June, with Bliss Street Creamery offering its organic ice cream scoops for the month as well.
A local ceramicist, along with Proud NYC, a clothing store selling city-focused items, will also offer their items at the June market.
The vendors will be arranged in a square in the middle of the plaza, with performances scheduled at their usual location on the southern side of the plaza during the pop-ups. Seating will also be available for market-goers to sit and enjoy foods available at the pop-up.
The summer market series is organized by Sunnyside Shines, the local BID that focuses on bolstering business in the neighborhood.
Jaime-Faye Bean, Sunnyside Shines executive director, said the program is a pilot where the BID aims to test the public’s interest in a market place at the plaza.
“We’re excited about this, and if it’s something the community responds to and wants more of, we’re open to developing this into something more regular or long term,” Bean said.
Sunnyside Shines will be surveying the selected market place vendors on their satisfaction and profitability during the events to determine whether the pop-up is successful.
The program is being funded in part by a grant through the Neighborhood Plaza Program of the Horticultural Society of New York.
Queens Night Market, which organizes the popular marketplace at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, is also managing the Bliss Plaza markets.
Vendors for the July and August portions of the marketplace have yet to be finalized. Local businesses interested in participating should contact Sunnyside Shines for consideration.
Bliss Markets dates:
June 23, 24
July 28, 29
August 25, 26