By Bohemia Agent Deanne Lorette
Picture Courtesy of YKOStudio
Have a lazy Sunday afternoon planned and want to do a little flea marketing?
One of my favorite spots is on the corner of 77th Street and Columbus Avenue. Every Sunday vendors show up at the crack of dawn to start setting up their booths at this UWS staple.
When I first moved to the UWS 20+ years ago I hit this market every Sunday, and can honestly say I furnished my first apartment with the flea market goods I found here. Admittedly, it has gotten more expensive over the years (what hasn’t) but you can still find some good deals and a pretty wide variety of vendors.
Antique toys your thing? No problem. Looking for a new rug? The rug guy has a lot to choose from and will talk to you for hours. Love vintage coats? You have come to the right place. Longing for a hand made custom wood table or an antique trunk? They have that too.
When you have looked around outside for a while and enjoyed some apple cider and home made goodies from the pie lady, you can head indoors where you will find antique jewelry, watches, maps, eyeglass frames, mirrors, and tons more furnishings for body and abode.
When you are shopped out for knick knacks and doo dads, cross the street and walk straight down Columbus where along the museum of Natural History you will find an amazing farmers market. Vendors from upstate NY, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania will be there selling everything from hand thrown pottery to cheese, organic fruits and vegetables, and local honeys.
I like to end my day at Café Frida for some delicious authentic Mexican Food (no Tex Mex here) and some of the best guacamole and margaritas in the city. La Tentadora gets my vote…Tequila infused with jalapeno, fresh squeezed lime, Grand Marnier, with a jalapeno infused sea salt rim. That will warm you right up!
Every Sunday is slightly different and depending on the weather it will be a large market or a bit smaller, but it’s always an enjoyable way to pass Sunday.