The Bronx Night Market is back and better than ever, and ready to celebrate diversity, inclusion and local entrepreneurship in the borough.
Returning for its sixth season, the “cultural extravaganza” will feature live performances and over 50 diverse vendors. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this free event at Fordham Plaza on the last Saturday of each month from April 29 to Oct. 28, from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Since it originated in 2018, the Bronx Night Market has brought businesses together in Fordham Plaza, while the city Department of Transportation (DOT) has struggled to find more permanent vendors for the space. Despite a $34 million renovation in 2016, which dramatically increased pedestrian space, and amenities like seating areas and a public restroom, DOT has not found any business willing to operate in the plaza since soliciting proposals last year.
In the upcoming months, however, the Bronx Night Market will host a number of people of color and minority owned businesses, bringing life back to the empty plaza. Visitors can try Arnie and Ebony’s take on southern soul food, get a taste of Barbadian cooking from Sassy’s Fishcakes, enjoy authentic Ecuadorian cuisine from La Braza and more.
The Bronx Night Market will also provide a platform for local entertainers and artists. The Bronx Arts Ensemble, The Morrisania Band Project and The Afrolatineers will all take the stage on market nights. Local artists will also be able to showcase their handiwork in an outdoor gallery.
The goal of organizers is to bring the community together. With activities for all ages, from a playground for kids to a Biergarten for adults, the Bronx Night Market hopes to celebrate all Bronxites.
“We’re ecstatic to bring back the Bronx Night Market for another season of festivities,” said Marco Shalma, event organizer. “The market has become a cornerstone of the community and we can’t wait to provide a platform for local vendors, artists, and performers to share their skills and connect with visitors.”
The Bronx Night Market is put on by MGH, a New York City-based hospitality group. MGH also hosts the Uptown Night Market and the Brooklyn Night Market, among other events throughout the city.
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