New Amsterdam Market, A Place That Matters
June 24th, 2008, 3:46 pm
New Amsterdam Market at the South Street Seaport, will be held this Sunday, June 29th, 11am to 4pm. Go to the plaza fronting the New Market Building on the East River between Beekman St. and Peck Slip. $5 suggested donation. For more information please visit the New Amsterdam Market website. While featuring this exciting opening, we also want to recognize a closing that will sadden many: June 29th is also the last day for Florent’s Restaurant in the West Village, nominated to the Census by Jane Weissman. Months ago we wrote about Bowne & Co. Stationers, one of the Seaport’s oldest enterprises. We hope that New Amsterdam Market will be one of its newest. On Sunday June 29th, Robert LaValva and colleagues are running their third, one-day market extravaganza. Go to market this sunday for fruits, milk and honey, wild foods, pastured meats, cheeses, and more. Also go to support the campaign to establish a permanent, indoor public market at the Seaport — an amenity that is not included in recently announced development plans. LaValva and the collaborating chefs, caterers, farmers, and local-source producers and distributors–along with many preservationists, planners, and other market lovers–see the market as an important link in the establishment of an evolving regional and sustainable food movement. The Seaport is the right place to do it because of its legacy as a market district and its empty publicly-owned Fulton Fish Market buildings.