City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

If you’re one of the few who has decided not to make the trek out to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore this holiday weekend don’t fret. You’ve got a peaceful weekend in the city to look forward to, full of street fairs and farmers markets.

Street Fairs
Though the summer heat can have you searching for the nearest air-conditioned building some of the best events that come for the warm weather are street fairs. Full of gyros and arepas, handmade jewelry and art these always make for interesting shopping experiences.

Check out the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, starting on E.10th and heading straight down University Place. The exhibit features tree-lined blocks of paintings, watercolors, graphics, sculpture, photography and one-of-a-kind crafts by young artists. Admission is free and all pieces exhibited are available for sale. The fair runs May 23rd-25th and continues the following weekend, May 30th & 31st.

Farmers Markets
Last night I had my first bite of this seasons strawberries in a delicious salad at one of my favorite East Village restaurants. While your nearest supermarket may be selling berries year round, they’re really at their flavor-peak in the warmer months. For perfectly seasonal and fresh meals head to your local farmers market to be sure you’re getting the most flavor out of your produce.

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the South Street Seaport Fulton Stall Market. The market not only offers local and fresh produce but features just-caught fish, artisan cheeses, organic breads, sweets, fair-trade coffees, locally-grown flowers and New York wines. So why not pick up a fresh baguette, a hunk of your favorite cheese, a bottle of local vino and enjoy a picnic in Central Park. South Street between Fulton and Beekman.

Outdoor Dining
Probably one of the only chances all summer to snag an outdoor dining table without putting up a serious fight. Take advantage of some of the great dining options that the city and Brooklyn have to offer, you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful meal while everyone (and their screaming children) spend the weekend on the beaches.

Check out Ortine in Brooklyn, we made a visit back in January after their initial opening and they’re still putting out some farm fresh, delicious meals. This time around, thanks to the warm weather, Ortine has opened their outdoor dining space. Owner Sarah Peck planted an herb garden as well as an in-ground vegetable garden that will feed customers while Gray stones frame a fruit-bearing Cherry Tree as well as a Spruce Tree and a rose bush to add a sweet aroma to the space. 622 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights Brooklyn. 718.622.0026

Originally published May 2009
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