Update: La Marqueta Gets $5.5 Mil Facelift In Harlem

A multi-million dollar renovation project at La Marqueta, an open-air events and retail space in East Harlem, is set to begin this month, a spokeswoman for the city Economic Development Corporation told Patch.

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The EDC — which operates the marketplace — and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito‘s office are teaming up to make improvement’s to the Park Avenue marketplace’s outdoor events space, an EDC spokeswoman said. The speaker’s office has committed $5.5 million for the project.

La Marqueta’s outdoor event space — called La Placita — will be closed to the public during the renovation, but its indoor retail and commercial space will remain open, an EDC spokeswoman said. The renovations are expected to begin in mid-September and be completed by the end of 2017, an EDC spokeswoman told Patch.

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La Placita was opened to the public in 2014 and hosts events such as Vendy Plaza, music and arts shows and Zumba classes. Prior to 2014 the space was only open during special events.

Improvements coming to La Placita include:

  • New glass and metal planels along the exterior;
  • New interior stairways and railings with decorative mesh;
  • New restrooms that are ADA compliant;
  • Overhead radiant heaters;
  • New concession stand;
  • Retractable bleachers and stage;
  • Improved lighting and entrances
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Current retail spaces at La Marqueta include Mama Grace’s Afro Caribbean FoodPatisserie VanessaSprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe and Hot Bread Kitchen — which also owns a commercial kitchen facility in the complex.

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La Marqueta first opened as the Park Avenue Retail Market in 1936, according to the city Economic Development Corporation.

Clarification: La Marqueta’s indoor marketplace and vendors will remain open during the renovation work.

Photo by Jason Lam via Flickr/Creative Commons

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