By Sabina Mollot
On Friday, Stuyvesant Town management announced that the flea market, which returned last year after a hiatus of over a decade, will take place this year on Saturday, April 21.
In an email to residents, a few changes to the way the market is set up were mentioned. For one thing, instead of circling the Oval and sprawling out into the loop roads, with playgrounds included, this year, the market will only take place inside three playgrounds.
Asked about this, General Manager Rick Hayduk said this isn’t to limit the number of participants. (Last year, there were over 500.) Rather, management is confident the same if not more vendors will be able to fit this way.
The new layout may also improve visibility for vendors who may have otherwise been stationed on the outskirts of the event. (A few vendors in the playgrounds and on the loops furthest from the Oval told Town & Village last year they suspected they were getting less foot traffic.)
Playgrounds 9 and 11 will be for traditional flea market sellers (with advance signup notice for seniors so they can secure spots closer to their buildings). Playground 10 will be reserved for resident artists and artisans who will be allowed to sell commercial items related to their craft that might not normally be allowed at the flea. In the email, management said the new “Artists Village” was in response to demand from residents.
As part of StuyTown Property Services’ “Good Neighbors” campaign, there will also be “Civic Row,” a selection of locally based organizations with informational booths located on the north side of the Oval connecting Playgrounds 9 and 11. A few include the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, the Peter Stuyvesant Little League and Solar One. Additionally, 5 Stuy Café will sell food and drinks at two stations in addition to the café itself.
The event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the rain date the following day, Sunday, April 22.
As always, only residents will be permitted to sell, with registration beginning Friday, March 23 and running through Wednesday, April 11 at 5 p.m. Registration may be done online through a link to an Eventbrite page that will be emailed on March 23 or in person at Resident Services, 276 First Avenue Loop or the 22nd Street and First Avenue kiosk. For seniors 65 and up only, a management representative will be at the Stuyvesant Town Community Center at 449 East 14th Street on March 21 and 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to assist with registration.
Last year’s flea market took place on an unusually warm and sunny spring day, attracting thousands of people. It was more limited than in years past in terms of what sellers could offer with the fear of bedbugs behind management’s insistence on there being no clothes, bags or furniture.
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