Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.

Breaking Bread NYC: Raising a Fork and Awareness

“May we borrow a cup of sugar?”  I know, it’s a tad idyllic. And it’s certainly an anachronism in today’s introverted, disconnected world. But once upon a time, perhaps more recently than you can imagine, this concept was commonplace. You might recall recently hearing about Chris Salvatore and Norma Cook, a 31-year old actor and his 89-year old neighbor who were in the news when they became unlikely roommates (RIP, Norma). But there was a time when this wouldn’t have made headlines. We regularly reached out to those in our communities, shared provisions, broke bread together, attended to the elderly, and shouldered the burden of raising children. We knew our long-standing neighbors, welcomed newcomers and even stayed in touch with those who moved away.

I was pondering this recently, somewhat abstractly, while watching a movie on Netflix. It’s called Today’s Special, and I happened upon it during one of those all-too-frequent occurrences when I simply couldn’t find anything that struck my fancy. And I’ll admit, I juuuust about scrolled past it.

Today’s Special didn’t win any major awards. There were no flashy actors (though there were some incredible veteran players in the ensemble cast). It’s a simple, somewhat cliché story. But it embodies some beautiful ideals. It’s a New York story. It’s an immigrant story. It’s a story about cuisine, family, identity and love. And it’s a story that resonates with me, particularly in light of recent events. Continue reading Breaking Bread NYC: Raising a Fork and Awareness