I’m sure that some of you are aware that Queens, NYC is one of them most diverse locations in the world. And if you didn’t know this, well you do know. Just come out to the borough, get off the 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue, and start to walk in any direction. You might hit Corona, Jackson Heights, Flushing, all places that are filled with lots of culture. Take a ride out to Long Island City, and do the same, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Queens is diverse.
So when our new friends at Queens Night Market reached out for help in promoting an event showcasing our borough, you know that I was on board. Now, before you guys call me a traitor, I am, and will always be Bronx at heart B… X… However, the truth is that I have lived in Queens for many years now, so this is just as much my borough nowadays.
Here is the QIN mission straight from their website: The Queens International Night Market will be a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring over 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances and entertainment, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.
The location and days would be as follows:
Saturdays, 6PM-Midnight, from April to October 2015.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens – Ideally at the New York Hall of Science for most Saturdays.
So this is where you guys come in! Queens Night Market is trying to raise funds to pay for three things: 1) Equipment for their vendors (tents) and visitors (seating), 2) Paying for the permits and services they need to open, and 3) To pay the venue rental fee for the first five nights to prove the concept.
When I asked the organizer why they are taking this approach as opposed to getting private funding, he stated that he wants to be able to showcase Queens for the diverse borough that it really is. They do not want to be just another bland flea-market with overpriced stuff, outrageous vendor fees, and no cultural content or experience to show for it.
We are really trying to celebrate the diversity and cultural tapestry of Queens and NYC, and give people a place to soak it all in. The biggest draw will be the street foods (assuming we can generate enough vendor interest), but we hope they will experience all the various crafts and arts and performances that make up this city.
NYCTalking supports this concept, and as such we are sharing this with you guys. So if you want to join in making this happen, then consider helping the folks at QIN out. You guys know how I feel about people asking for money, I don’t often share projects like this. However, this is something I can stand behind.
For more information check out their official website, Queens Night Market.