PHOTOS | Bronx Night Market returns with sunny skies, gorgeous weather for its sixth season

Bronx Night Market 2023
There was food abound at the opening day of the Bronx Night Market’s sixth season on Saturday, May 6. One of the many markets and street fairs presented by the Mascho Hospitality Group. Dozens of vendors from all over New York City came to sell their soaps, jewelry, apparel, drinks and foods, including Filipino-owned, Lechonbae, which specializes in whole roast pig. “Nobody else brings out the lechon in the streets,” said owner Archie Cancio. “And the first in the world for a special recipe: lechon gyro. I invented that one. You can google it.”
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Landon Francis was at the Bronx Night Market on Saturday with his mother enjoying a lemonade from Tyrell Davis’ stand of organic, homemade juices. “When you go to an event, it’s always soda or water. I wanted to do something different,” said Davis. And his lightbulb-shaped bottles with a screw-on cap are meant to be reusable as opposed to being a one-time-use plastic. “And for the record, it tastes good, too,” exclaimed 11-year-old Landon. Photo ET Rodriguez
Perros Locos (Crazy Dogs) returned for their second go-around at the Bronx Night Market — the food purveyor has only been in New York City for a year. Founded in Mexico, the company was started by brothers Carlos and Sebastian Palafox who hand-make the wursts German style, but infused with Mexican ingredients and toppings. Like this beef and pork sausage dressed with street corn which includes mayo, diced jalapeños and Tajín. “We’re just so thrilled to be part of this amazing community,” said Carlos Palafox. Photo ET Rodriguez
The market also features a children’s space called the Montefiore Einstein Center. Sisters Aniyah and Amirah were out enjoying bubbles and puzzles as their mother and grandmother stood watch. They had found out about the event through a Facebook group and enjoyed food from HangryDog, which specializes in Korean corn dogs. Photo ET Rodriguez
The longest line at the Bronx Night Market was at La Braza. One of the original vendors dating back to 2017, according to a spokesperson for the market, they specialize in grilled corn, kebab and cheese arepas — corn cakes cooked on a griddle with gooey mozzarella cheese in the center. They also feature a specialty item: pork belly. “We cut them up, we put any sauce they would like on it, jalapeño, lemon, BBQ, hot sauce and it’s a whole portion,” said Janet Caguana, 20, who works the festivals with her parents, owners of La Braza. Photo ET Rodriguez
There was a musical lineup from 1-7 p.m. that kept the people moving and grooving. Acts included the Rico Jones Quartet playing Jazz, DJ Innato spinning dance music and the Morrisania Band Project, pictured. The R&B Soul collective formed in 2016 has a mission “to add vibrancy to the South Bronx through music, community engagement, and social initiatives.” Photo ET Rodriguez
Coca-Cola and Vitaminwater were two sponsors on-sight handing out free, cold drinks on what felt like the first day of summer. “The market has become a cornerstone of the community — to provide a platform for local vendors and performers to share their skills and connect with visitors,” said event organizer Marco Shalma.  Photo ET Rodriguez
Hundreds came out to the Bronx Night Market on a warm and sunny Saturday. The market, which features dozens of vendors, activities for children and live music is scheduled for every last Saturday of each month through Oct. 28. The April 29 season’s kickoff was rescheduled for Saturday, May 6 due to inclement weather. Future events will continue to take place as scheduled. Photo ET Rodriguez
Jessica Gordon is a Fordham university alumna and former Fordham Road BID employee who helped start the Bronx Night Market and was out representing on Saturday. “I have the shirt because this market holds a small piece of my heart,” said Gordon. “Marco Shalma is the current producer of the market and has brought it to this elevated, excellent level.” Be sure to come out and show your support for the Boogie Down Bronx at Fordham Plaza on Fordham Road between Webster and Third avenues every last Saturday of the month. Photo ET Rodriguez