On Thursday, August 7th, hundreds gathered for the kick-off celebration of La Marqueta Retoña (Reblooming) in La Placita across from La Marqueta.
This initiative, led by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito marks the collaboration of Speaker Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council, the State Department of Agriculture, Empire State Development Corporation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The FY2013 budget allocated an investment of $3 million to support the commercial and cultural expansion of La Marqueta.
Exciting features of this initiative include:
- El Barrio Youth Marqueta (more info below), a partnership with GrowNYC/Greenmarket that provides fresh, local food to this underserved neighborhood as well opportunities for youth ages 16-24 who manage the market.
- La Placita, the public plaza outside of La Marqueta, has been reopened, furnished with chairs and tables and public wifi.
- A full schedule of cultural programming has been developed, including music, dancing, food, movies and more.
- Support and opportunities for artists, vendors and small businesses
- Thursdays 1-7pm
- Saturdays 11-5pm
- Sunday 11-5pm