Hop The Trolley To The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta In East Harlem

December 16, 2022

The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta is expanding in its second weekend.

With a trolley transporting passengers on a holiday route throughout East Harlem – then back to the market for more food, fun, and winter shopping.

Created through a partnership between NYC Public Markets (NYC EDC), Uptown Grand Central, TBo Harlem & Union Settlement, the Harlem Night Market returns to the historic La Marqueta this Saturday, December 10, from 4-8 p.m., with an expanded number of vendors across three blocks of the market, located under the train tracks at Park Avenue.

Before and after you shop, hop on board the East Harlem Trolley, sponsored by Union Settlement, and stop at holiday locations across East Harlem.

You will start at El Museo del Barrio for their new exhibits and a kids parranda with BombaYo, then make stops at the East Harlem Holiday Tree and more. Visit here to view departure times.

At the market, shoppers will be able to support more than 50 local makers and chefs with booths inside La Marqueta’s retail market (114th/115th streets), the La Placita event space (115th/116th streets), and Urban Garden Center (116th/117th streets).

See below for the list of vendors. There’s also plenty of family fun, with visits with Santa, a bounce house and Harlem Night Market 360-degree photo booth. Neighborhood-favorite DJs Stormin’ Norman, Ted Smooth and friends will be warming up the dance floor.

“Since its start as one of New York City’s public markets in the 1930s, La Marqueta has achieved a storied status as the heart of entrepreneurship for East Harlem and all of Uptown,” said Carey King, director of Uptown Grand Central. “For nearly a century now, these blocks under the rumbling Park Avenue train tracks have launched thousands of entrepreneurs with great products and great ideas. It’s our honor to be a part of showcasing that vibrancy for the holidays.”

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“We’re so happy to be back for our third market in four years at the historic La Marqueta,” said Tony Rahsaan, founder of TBo Harlem and the Harlem Night Market. “Like last year, this will be another expanded market, due to the high demand to get in. Especially at this time of year, this market is super important to our maker community because, for some, this is the season that they make the lion’s share of their annual earnings.”

On the third and final market weekend, Saturday, December 17, the Harlem Night Market will also connect to points of interest north along the Park Avenue Viaduct.

That day, the trolley will run north to 125th Street to the pop-up ice skating rink and “Uptown Flash” light installation at Uptown Grand Central community plaza. Entry the ice rink is free, though attendees are requested to register ahead for the ice rink here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-ice-rink-tickets-476486382597.

“The trolleys will connect La Marqueta with several of our other winter destinations here in East Harlem,” said Michelle Cruz, director of Economic Development at Union Settlement. “We’re so glad to partner on the second and third weekends, so visitors can support local vendors at La Marqueta, then hop aboard and experience  more family fun across the neighborhood.”

The Harlem Night Market will feature:

Great Eats including Black Rican Vegan, Cafe Ollin, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Fauzia’s, Flames Indian Aroma, Azara Kitchen, Green Papaya Vegan, e.terra kitchen, Keima’s Healing Hot Sauce, Mama T, Amuse Bouche Bistro & Cocotazo.

Sweet Treats including UGCeats, Rebecca’s Sweets & Spices, Harlem Baking Co., Anjali’s Cup, Emily Made This, Those Damn CookiesPure Confections, Greensicle Pops, K’s European Jams, Island Love Cakes, Lizzy’s Treats, Flaco Coquito, Nuyorican Coquito, The Coquito Lady, Port Morris Distillery & YaVe Tequila.

Makers & Artisans including Adinkra Republic, East Harlem Preservation, Body Vanity, Pop Pins, Sleepy Coqui, Hannahbandanah, Harlem Hoopz, The Brownstone, FraMiAti, Angel Rays Designs, Carmen Community Artist, hrlmgrl Apparel, black N ugly, G to The Wall, Closiist, Mermaid Thread, HERBAS Plant-Based Body Care, Mkt 116, HOPE Center Harlem, Lovely Lisa Knits, Afrikanspot, Dega Co., Chatterless, Tarin Andrea Designs, Rebelorisha, Bobbabeads, Keima’s Healing Hot Sauce, HardWear Style, Museum Mile Art, Pinchazo, By Nature Beads, Void Asylum, King Beard Care, Della J Designz, Chiwara Naturals, Aroma d’Angel, Young Buck Sports, children’s book author Irene Smalls & East Harlem historian Christopher Bell.

The small businesses

Seventy-five percent of the vendors are based in Harlem and work with the small business programs at Uptown Grand Central, Union Settlement, e.terra kitchen, the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Center, Shop Harlem Made & Ponce Bank.

TBo Harlem is a Harlem-based media company that specializes in supporting, marketing and amplifying small businesses, community issues, and the culture of East and West Harlem. As part of its work in building a local community of entrepreneurs, TBo is curating the vendors featured throughout the market.

The Harlem Night Market will also highlight several vendors with new permanent homes inside the La Marqueta retail market, including Cocotazo and Lizzy’s Treats.


The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta is brought to you by Uptown Grand Central, TBo Harlem and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, with support from Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Department of Transportation, Ponce Bank, Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, Shop Harlem Made, Busta Bounce Entertainment, Union Settlement & El Museo del Barrio.


Harlem Night Market

Presented by NYC Public Markets (run by the NYC Economic Development Corporation), Uptown Grand Central, TBO Harlem & Union Settlement.

La Marqueta

1590 Park Avenue (at 115th Street), New York, NY 10029

Saturday, December 10th, 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, December 17th, 4-8 p.m. Free; RSVP preferred at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-night-market-at-la-marqueta-tickets-469165585897

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